John Treanor

Come Explore the West With the Via Podcast, Presented by AAA

Walnut Creek, Calif. April 22, 2024. Get ready to experience the American West like never before with the Via Podcast, presented by AAA Northern California, Nevada, and Utah (AAA NCNU) as an expansion of its award-winning print and digital magazine.

"AAA Members have long treasured Via magazine's exceptional travel content," said Brian MacAdam, Chief Marketing Officer for AAA NCNU. "Bringing Via to life in podcast form creates new avenues for our Members—and all listeners—to be inspired by our award-winning content.

"The podcast is hosted by Michelle Donati and Mitti Hicks. Donati, a proud Arizona native and long-time AAA spokesperson, joins Hicks, a travel journalist and Via contributor whose wanderlust was sparked by childhood road trips to the West. "Memories of the golden hues of the desert with the green accents of cacti are tattooed in my brain more than 25 years later," Hicks said. "I didn't know then that traveling to the West was my first introduction to travel—a passion that is the core of my existence."

Through interviews with experts and locals from every corner of the American West, Donati and Hicks take listeners to the very essence of each destination, weaving together travel insights and unforgettable tales. The podcast will also feature stories and recommendations from listeners and AAA Members. 

"Whether you’re listening from the comfort of your couch, your morning commute, or on the road, the Via Podcast promises to be good company," said Dave Beasing, CEO of Sound That BRANDS, producer of the podcast.

For more information or to listen, visit or your favorite podcast platform.

About Via 

Via is an award-winning magazine for AAA Members that delivers practical tips and tricks to make life easier, whether you’re on the road or at home. Discover the best road trips in the West in addition to articles about maintaining your car, managing your home, protecting your identity, and more. For more than 100 years, AAA Members have trusted Via’s accurate, timely articles written by professional journalists and field experts.About AAA Northern California, Nevada, and Utah

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