a person canoes on Maligne Lake in Canada's Jasper National Park.

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Insights and advice from AAA.
A child rests on a ski slope in Park City, Utah.

6 Great Cities to Visit in Winter

These destinations are perfect for this time of year.
Ljubljana Castle on a clear day in Slovenia.

5 Places to Travel Instead of These Popular Destinations

Sidestep the crowds at these scenic substitutes for some of the world’s most famous sites.
People lounge and play at Big Beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Which Hawaiian Island Is Right for You?

Discover the Hawaiian Islands and the resorts, foods, and history that define them.
People browse new releases at Book Passage in San Francisco.

Best Independent Bookstores in the West

Discover a new favorite at one of these beloved stores.
Colorful ice castles in Midway, Utah

Ice Castles in Midway, Utah

A frozen fantasyland is created each winter from 250 million pounds of ice.
Snowshoe trail leads to heated yurts in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest

Powder Play: No-Ski Snow Vacations

You don't have to ski to have fun in the snow.
A person stands on an electric scooter in white sneakers.

How to Safely Ride an Electric Scooter

Here’s what you need to know when renting or buying an e-scooter.
SUV parked on the side of a snowy road.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Snow and ice can be challenging so preparation is key.
A driver installs a dash cam behind their rear view mirror.

Should You Use a Dash Cam?

Plus how to choose the right one for you.
2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Nightshade on a tree-lined road.

The 10 Best Used Cars for 2024

These AAA-ranked models are hitting the market now.
Open highway near Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Road Trip: Vegas to Mt. Charleston

This desert road trip brims with life.
ruins at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Road Trip Itinerary

The Arizona stretch of the Anza Trail is the ideal 3-day road trip for history buffs.
Sun hides behind the trunk of an oak tree alongside a Paso Robles winery road

California Central Coast Road Trip

Experience a fun-filled road trip around Paso Robles, California.
El Santuario de Chimayo along the High Road to Taos in northern New Mexico.

Take the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos

Connecting Santa Fe to Taos, the High Road reveals northern New Mexico’s subcultural diversity.
Large field of poppies at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, California at sunset.

Where to Stop on I-5, from Sacramento to Los Angeles

Stretch your legs, grab a snack, and take a break at these spots along Interstate 5 in California.
The sun sets behind a shade structure at Dark Sky RV Park and Campground in Kanab, Utah.

Beautiful Places to Park an RV or Van in the West

Spend the night at these cool spots, from wineries to golf courses and all types of venues in between.
A trail through Muir Woods National Monument.

These 7 National Parks and Monuments Require Reservations This Summer

Plan your trip in advance for a hassle-free experience at these popular parks in the West.
RV parked at a campsite in Devils Garden Campground, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

7 Best Spots to Camp This Winter in the West

Find quiet respite and mild conditions at these campgrounds.
Frozen Emerald Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

7 Best National Parks to Visit in Winter

Bundle up and venture out for a frosty view of the United States’ treasures.
Red and pink rocks glow in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

8 Best State Parks to Visit in Winter

Enjoy nature with plenty of elbow room.
A woman lights the stove under a large pot.

How to Detect a Gas Leak

Plus the steps you should take—immediately—if you suspect there’s a leak.
A white house covered in snow and icicles.

How to Stay Safe and Warm During a Winter Power Outage

Plan ahead so you can weather the outage without harm or discomfort.
Wildflowers bloom beneath Picacho Peak in Arizona.

Where to See Wildflowers in the West

When spring arrives, wildflowers paint the West in a rainbow of colors.
Canoes and row boats on the dock at Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana.

9 Quintessential Montana Experiences

Get to know the state like a local.
Snow on the ground in Sedona, Arizona.

8 Affordable Winter Date Ideas in Arizona

These budget friendly activities will capture your heart.
AAA Members outside of an outdoor skating rink in winter.

6 Winter Date Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet

Valentine’s Day isn't the only time to do something special this season.
A passport and photos lay on a desk next to a laptop.

How to Save Money on Travel

Make the most of your vacation budget with these tips.
A woman calculates the real cost of using a BNPL app.

What You Should Know Before Clicking 'Buy Now, Pay Later'

Is it safe to use installment plans when shopping?
the spicy potato and corn chowder with toppings at Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup in Phoenix, Arizona

8 Places to Get Your Chowder Fix

Discover a variety of takes on this beloved hearty soup throughout the West.
picture of a woman foraging a porcini mushroom in a forest

Foraging Events and Feasts in the West

Collect your next meal outside at one of these foraging events.