San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge lit up at dusk, as seen from Sausalito, California.

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Insights and advice from AAA.

A Bernese mountain dog lounges in front of a Christmas tree.

How to Pet-Proof Holiday Decorations

Make the holidays festive, without any danger for your cat or dog.

a smiling couple puts their Christmas tree into their hatchback vehicle with snow blowing outside

How to Secure Your Christmas Tree to Your Car

Follow these tips to get your fresh tree home safely.

Johns Hopkins Glacier on a clear day as seen from the water below.

10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Visit in the West

Prepare to be wowed by these natural and cultural wonders.
Sunrise lights up the rocks in Red Rock Canyon in Nevada on a winter morning.

6 Warm Winter Getaways Across the West

Banish the thermals with surreal desert hikes, dude ranch rides, and alfresco hot tubs.
The adobe Painted Desert Inn in Petrified Forest National Park on a clear day.

5 Off-the-Beaten Path Places in Arizona to Visit in Winter

Find solitude, relaxation, and entertainment here.
Brush Creek Distillery at sunset.

A Weekend in Carbon County, Wyoming

Pack the cowboy boots and some Gore-Tex apparel on a winter escape.
Aerial view of Truckee, California covered in snow at dusk.

Favorite Mountain Towns for Winter

There’s so much more than skiing in these alpine retreats.
Chabot Space and Science Center at night overlooking downtown Oakland, California.

Best Destinations in the West for Stargazing and Astronomy

Observe far-off galaxies at these 9 space centers around the West.
man by side of road with car hood up

Should I Repair or Replace My Car?

To repair or replace, that is the question. Let our auto consultant help you weigh your options.
A man looks under the hood of his small white SUV.

What is a Salvage Title?

Here's what you need to know if you're considering buying a vehicle with a salvage title.
Cars on the freeway at night with an orange sunset in the background.

7 Smart Tips for Driving Safely in the Dark

These smart tips will keep you safe when you have to drive at dawn, dusk, and night.
A woman holds open the hood on her Subaru to check her alternator.

5 Signs Your Alternator May Need to Be Replaced

And what to do if you spot them.
the Carquinez Bridge over the Carquinez Strait in Solano County, California.

Best Stops Along I-80: From Vallejo to Davis

Between the Bay Area and Sacramento, Solano County boasts some good spots to explore.
High West Distillery in Wanship, Utah blanketed in snow.

Heber Valley, Utah Road Trip

Get your adrenaline roaring and then soak up the arts and nature on this drive through Utah’s Wasatch Range.
Sunset over a marsh at Moss Landing State Park, California.

Road Trip California's Highway 152 From Gilroy to Moss Landing

California's Highway 152 takes you through vast vineyards, towering redwoods, and coastal views.
the Toroweap Overlook at sunset on the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Arizona Strip Road Trip Via U.S. Route 89A

The scenic Arizona Strip is packed with beauty, endangered wildlife, and territorial history.
Autumn color in Zion National Park.

Seeing Utah's Glorious Fall Color by RV

Five Utah parks, four family members, one RV, and the infinite beauty of autumn.
The pavement of Highway 395 in Northern California stretches towards the mountains in the distance.

Highway 395: Your Route to the Sierra's Secret Wonders

Escape the crowds and discover the eastern side of the mountains.
Cacti and other desert plants grow in Tucson's Saguaro National Park underneath a cloudy sky.

Complete Guide to Saguaro National Park

Marvel at giant cacti and learn about the Sonoran Desert in this celebrated Arizona park.
Patches of grass emerge in the Sonoran Desert in early Spring at Pichacho Peak State Park near Tucson, Arizona.

Things to do in and Around Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

Epic hikes and unexpected history await you on a trip to this famous landmark.
fog hugs the hillside in Olympic National Park.

Welcome to Beautiful Cascadia

The beautiful bioregion woos nature lovers with redwoods, rushing rivers, and awe-inspiring animals.
Sunset at Watchman peak along the Virgin river in Zion National Park, Utah

Visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Fall

Without the summer crowds and heat, southern Utah’s iconic national parks come to life.
three packages stacked on mat at doorstep

Protect Your Home When You're Away

Leaving town for a few days (or weeks)? Make sure your home is ready.
Greenery, candles, and flowers on a holiday table with rose gold silverware

How to Set the Perfect Table for Any Holiday or Occasion

Guests on the way? Here’s a simple formula to make setting a proper table a cinch—any time of year.
A car drives through a light tunnel at Christmas in Color in Salt Lake City.

Best Drive-Through Holiday Lights in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada

Celebrate the season with a shimmering spectacle seen by car or on foot.
San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge lit up at night.

Best Places to See Holiday Lights by Car in the Bay Area

Don’t miss these 8 drive-through displays in Northern California.
Guests at the California Academy of Science's NightLife Holiday Bazaar event look at a vendor's wares, photo

5 Great Holiday Markets in California

Get into seasonal spirit at one of these festive and fun holiday fairs.
San Francisco Lands End stairs trail at sunset

The West's Most Alluring Urban Hikes

Opt for a relaxing hike in some of the West's bustling cities.
A passport and photos lay on a desk next to a laptop.

How to Save Money on Travel in 2023

Make the most of your vacation budget with these tips.
Family members hug inside the airport.

How to Save on Holiday Travel

Now’s the time to book.
Kinnamons' cinnamon roll topped with Maple Syrup and Cream Cheese spread and chopped applewood smoked bacon.

12 Best Cinnamon Rolls in the West

From heavily-frosted diner delights to perfectly coiled pastries, these treats are worth the drive.
plate of pan-roasted salmon with cranberry compote, wilted greens on squash puree at Indian Pueblo Kitchen in the Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Native-Owned Restaurants in the West

Five eateries that dish out history and heritage along with the bison tenderloin.