COVER FEATURE: Colorado Getaways: Following the Puebloan path

Pueblo del Arroyo ruin at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. © Randall K. Roberts Originally published: July/August 2017 Between Chimney Rock in Colorado and northern New Mexico is a region where an ancient political system once thrived—one more sophisticated than previously understood. By Kerrick James When I was young, my family road-tripped to… Read more »

Summit fever

Hikers in Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in the San Juan Mountains near Lake City, Colo. © BLM Photo/Alamy Stock Photo Originally published: July/August 2017 “How should I prepare for a safe and enjoyable mountain hike?” “Which mountain is best for me?” Your questions, answered by Colorado experts. By Hudson Lindenberger Their expeditionary teammates advised… Read more »

Colorado First: Outside for dinner

Foliage frames the back door of the potager garden in the back of the AAA Three Diamond-rated Potager restaurant in Denver. © Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images Originally published: July/August 2017 By John Lehndorff The Japanese call it “Shinrin-yoku,” a charming practice which translates as “bathing in the forest.” It is not about… Read more »

Explorer’s Hub: Next to Red Rocks: A music museum

The author’s daughter, Erin, and wife, Anne, discover the real stories behind legendary bandleaders Paul Whiteman and Glenn Miller in the 20th Century Pioneers exhibit at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. © Pat Woodard Originally published: July/August 2017 By Pat Woodard When your eyes are dazzled by the jewel in the crown of concert… Read more »

Online Feature: How the West was scripted

Estes Park, Long’s Peak (1877) by Albert Bierstadt, on loan from Denver Art Museum to History Colorado Center’s Backstory: Western American Art in Context. Courtesy of Denver Art Museum Originally published: July/August 2017 By Camila Navarrette Galloping horses topped by dark figures rapidly approach a lone cowboy in the distance. He waits, his weathered face… Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

Originally published: July/August 2017 Beat the heat Summer’s high temperatures can wreak havoc on your car’s battery and reduce its life. AAA offers you more than just a jump-start, we can keep you on-the-go with our Mobile Battery Service. We come to you—at home, at work, or at roadside—so service is fast and convenient. In… Read more »

Road Review: Picking a new champion

2017 Toyota Sienna AWD vs. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Originally published: July/August 2017 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Courtesy of FCA US By Courtney Messenbaugh A brief history lesson, for context: in late 1983, Chrysler unveiled the seven-passenger 1984 Dodge Caravan minivan—with a look decidedly different from the Scooby Doo Crew’s Mystery Machine, the cartoon version of the… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Originally published: July/August 2017 Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from dozens received online at and via email at  Pining for beauty Rich Day of Westminster submitted online this photo of Bristlecone pine on Mt. Evans. “It was thrilling to drive up Mt. Evans and see the mountain goats, the beautiful scenery… Read more »

President’s Message: Driven by innovation

Originally published: July/August 2017  I learned a new term recently called “disruptive technology.” This caused me to reflect on the advances in technology over the past century that have changed our lives in a good way. Disruptive technology is one of those innovations that changes almost everything we do. For instance, email replaced handwritten letters,… Read more »

Safe Roads: True or false: Caffeine will save you

Originally published: July/August 2017 By Tom Hess No matter how rockin’ your road-trip soundtrack, or how dedicated your co-traveler, drowsy driving will be one of the biggest challenges you’ll face this summer traveling season. How does AAA know that drowsy driving is a common affliction? Each year, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety releases its… Read more »

Insurance FYI: Why did auto insurance rates just go up?

Originally published: July/August 2017 By Tom Hess The auto insurance bill arrives in the mailbox, and the amount you owe is higher than last time. You didn’t get ticketed for speeding. You didn’t get into an accident. You own the same car as last year. So why should you have to write a bigger check?… Read more »

Please Your Palate on a Wine-Themed River Cruise


Rivers were the original highways, and there’s no better way to explore the cities along their shores than on a river cruise. If you want to add a little more flavor to your river adventure, why not try a wine cruise? AmaWaterways offers a unique, epicurean dimension to its itineraries with special wine-related experiences and… Read more »

8 Places to Experience an Epic Vacation in the U.S.

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The summer travel season is almost here. If you’re seeking a fun getaway that doesn’t require a passport, you’re in luck. There are hundreds of exciting places to visit right here in the U.S., with plenty of attractions and activities to satisfy all kinds of travelers. AAA’s partner TravelBound has a few suggestions on cities… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: Summer Fun: History that entertains

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Reds caption John “Crush” Sumner of Colorado Springs pitches to a striker (batter) at the dish (home plate), hoping to render a dead hand (prevent the batter from reaching base). © Bryan Oller By Pat Woodard Originally published: May/June 2017 On the printed page, history can be as dull as… Read more »

Wildly beautiful

By John Fielder Originally published: May/June 2017 The people of Colorado find solitude and tranquility in the state’s 44 wilderness areas—public lands protected by The Wilderness Act of 1964. “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and… Read more »

Colorado First: Ancient secrets

Archaeologist and petroglyph expert Carol Patterson, Ph.D., leads an educational summer tour of students from Telluride on-site at the Shavano Petroglyphs in Montrose County. © Lu Anne Tyrrell By Tom Hess With additional reporting by Edie Crawford and Lu Anne Tyrrell Originally published: May/June 2017 Ancient images carved into Colorado rock seem to hold profound… Read more »

Explorer’s Hub: Summer roadtrip pizza

Colorado Boy Pizza and Brewery on Main Street in Montrose attracts friends and family of all ages. © Lu Anne Tyrrell By Jesse Wilson Originally published: May/June 2017 Many people take no small amount of pride in finding their favorite local pizza joints, but these places can often be hit-or-miss. Below are four exceptional local… Read more »

Online Feature: ‘More magical by night’

Scheduled to open May 27,2017, the mythical world of Pandora, from the James’ Cameron film Avatar, will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park history. Concept art, courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering By Tom Hess Originally published: May/June 2017 The Oscar-winning 2009 film Avatar is the highest grossing movie in… Read more »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

Originally published: May/June 2017 Rescuing you and your bike Summertime is bicycling season—a great time to remember that AAA Colorado is ready to help members whose bicycle (including tandem or rental bike) has become disabled or inoperable, and can be safely reached from any normally traveled, maintained road. Your bike will be secured to the… Read more »

Road Review: The battle of compact trucks

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab. Courtesy of Toyota By Bryce Crawford Originally published: May/June 2017 In recent years, American manufacturers abandoned midsize pickups in favor of the more profitable full-size variety—until recently, when GM brought the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon back to the masses. The king before and the king after is… Read more »