COVER FEATURE: What will inspire you here?

The world-famous library of Livraria Lello e Irmao, in Porto, Portugal, is one of many places where author J.K Rowling drew her inspiration for the fantasy world of Harry Potter. © Kerrick James Cruise the Douro River through Portugal, a nation where J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, reportedly found great inspiration. By Kerrick James… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: Into the ‘aquarium of the world’

Passengers aboard UnCruise’s Safari Endeavor watch a whale shark feed on plankton in the Sea of Cortez. © UnCruise Adventures/John Howard Cruising the Sea of Cortez, inaccessible by large cruise ships, gave the author a week of close encounters, drawing him to the wild side of this maritime desertscape. By Eric Lindberg Originally published: March/April… Read more »

Colorado First: Too Often Overlooked

The cast skeleton of a plant-eating Camptosaurus from the late Jurassic period stands in the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita. In addition to bones, the museum features animatronic reproductions of dinosaurs that move, growl and, in the case of the Dilophosaurus, even spit water. © Dan Leeth From Stegosaurs to steam engines, three easily overlooked… Read more »

Online Feature: Scandinavian ‘celebrities’

Vikings covered trans-Atlantic territory—from Turkey to present-day Newfoundland—voyaging aboard sturdy, lightweight ships. Courtesy of The Field Museum, Chicago By Claire Walter Originally published: March/April 2017 According to legend, merciless warriors known as Vikings plundered and pillaged a wide swath of trans-Atlantic territory—from Turkey to present-day Newfoundland—voyaging aboard sturdy, lightweight ships, and sailing under a square… Read more »

Road Review: Exotic beauties

Lamborghini Huracán ©Eros Maggi The Denver Auto Show displays excellence for four days. By Bryce Crawford Originally published: March/April 2017 When it comes to automotive spectacle, there’s nothing between Los Angeles and Chicago like the Denver Auto Show, running April 5–9 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. With breaks for the war years,… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Originally published: March/April 2017 Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from dozens received online at AAA.com/photocontest and via email at photocontest@colorado.aaa.com.  Powdered peak Alicia Piavis of Denver submitted this photo by email of her snowshoeing adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park. “My husband, Whil, and I head to the mountains every chance we get,”… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: TRAVEL EDITION 2017: EUROPE

Ancient fortification of Dubrovnik, seen from Fort Minceta, with Lokrum Island in the background. © Philippe Giraud/Corbis via Getty Images Originally published January/February 2017 Where will you go in 2017? AAA Travel Agents add significant value, convenience and peace of mind to your special holiday at the destinations listed here—value found only through one of… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: TRAVEL EDITION 2017: EXOTICS

The marabou stork, with its unmistakable pink gular sac at its throat, is among the largest birds in the world, gregarious and colonizing—one of more than a thousand avifauna that join animal life in Kenya. © Micato Safaris Originally published January/February 2017 Where will you go in 2017? AAA Travel Agents add significant value, convenience… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: TRAVEL EDITION 2017: TROPICS

Vintage cars and their owners mingle in Parque Central, with Gran Teatro de La Habana, home of the Cuban National Ballet, in the background. © Lucas Vallecillos Originally published January/February 2017 Where will you go in 2017? AAA Travel Agents add significant value, convenience and peace of mind to your special holiday at the destinations… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: TRAVEL EDITION 2017: NORTH AMERICA

The trans-Canadian train Rocky Mountaineer traverses sharply contrasting climates and unparalleled scenes that you simply won’t find in Colorado. © Rocky Mountaineer Originally published January/February 2017 Where will you go in 2017? AAA Travel Agents add significant value, convenience and peace of mind to your special holiday at the destinations listed here—value found only through… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: TRAVEL EDITION 2017: CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA

The Amazon River cruise available through Natural Habitat Adventures can be a noisy affair—with the sounds of birds. © WWF-US/J.J. Huckin Originally published January/February 2017 Where will you go in 2017? AAA Travel Agents add significant value, convenience and peace of mind to your special holiday at the destinations listed here—value found only through one… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from the dozens received by email through photocontest@colorado.aaa.com. Photo submissions can now also be made at AAA.com/photocontest.  Originally published January/February 2017  Ever alert Todd Keleske of Grand Lake photographed this scene while out for a brisk morning walk around Grand Lake with his wife Ro, and their 2… Read more »

Lone Star vistas

The famed Mexican restaurant Mi Tierra is “filled with art,” says St. Anthony Hotel general manager Kevin Thorstenson. Courtesy of Kevin Thorstenson San Antonio’s grand downtown hotel, The St. Anthony, which recently received a AAA Four Diamond rating, is ideally suited as a base camp for day trips around south-central Texas. By Tom Hess Originally… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: Gold Rush 2016: Living color, living history

Colorado faithfully preserves its steam-driven trains to grant passengers access to world-class autumn scenery unavailable by car. By Tom Hess Originally published: September/October 2016 Editor’s note: Viewing aspen from the comfort of a car is by far the most popular means, to experience Colorado’s annual gold rush (see “Autumn road trips: Four base camps”). Yet… Read more »

Autumn road trips: Four base camps

Seen from Boreas Pass Road, thousands of golden aspen run down the hill into the valley below. © Debi Boucher These autumn drives take you to some of the best aspen views that Colorado offers.  Words and images by Debi Boucher Originally published: September/October 2016 Boreas Pass Boreas Pass is a self-guided Forest Service Historic… Read more »

Colorado First: Charming Old Towns, Part II

Lindsay Dillenbeck, along with her husband, Chris (not pictured), is fifth-generation owner of F.M. Light, a fabled Western wear destination in Steamboat Springs that has been open for more than a century. © Scott Franz Originally published: September/October 2016 Editor’s note: EnCompass published Part I of its Charming Old Towns series in the May–June 2015… Read more »

Road review: Battle of the beasts

Which 2016 pickup rises above the other—the Ford F-150 or the Chevrolet Silverado? It’s hard to lose between the two, our writer says, but he had a clear favorite.  By Bryce Crawford Originally published: July/August 2016 Pitting the new 2016 Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado against each other creates a clear dichotomy, splitting full-size supporters… Read more »

My Colorado Photos

Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from the dozens received by email through photocontest@colorado.aaa.com.  Originally published: July/August 2016 Colorado dog Kelly Klein of Denver photographed her dog, Lou, a Golden Retriever, jumping off the dock at Shadow Mountain Lake near Grand Lake. “This is the epitome of Lou. He is truly a Colorado dog… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: Summer Fun 2016: Colorado’s Big Five

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep can be seen in the foothills and mountains. Desert bighorns like this one are a common sight roaming western Colorado’s canyon country including Colorado National Monument. Courtesy Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau Ever dream of viewing Africa’s Big Five wildlife? Colorado has its own version. And EnCompass is your guide… Read more »

The cowboy gran prix

Cheyenne Frontier Days has been voted “PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year” 16 times by rodeo cowboys. Every afternoon features bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, rookie saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and the famous wild horse race. Courtesy of Cheyenne Frontier Days The world turns its… Read more »

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