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 »

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 »

My Colorado Photos

Originally published: May/June 2017 Editors’ note: The Editors chose winning photos from dozens received online at and via email at Seeing her shadow Stephanie Urban of Denver submitted this photo by email of she and her dog, Maizie, exploring the Great Sand Dunes National Park. “We visit the Sand Dunes often and especially… Read more »

President’s Message: A vision of a safer tomorrow

Originally published: May/June 2017 Over the last 25 years, there has been a downward trend in fatal car crashes. The cars we drive and the roads we drive on are safer and better built. However, this long-term trend has recently reversed as the number of fatal traffic crashes has dramatically increased over the last two… Read more »

Safe Roads: The bad news spreads fast

Originally published: May/June 2017 Young millennials earned the top spot of worst-behaved U.S. drivers, in a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (the Foundation)—news that spread rapidly among national and local media outlets in February. The Foundation’s Traffic Safety Index found that young millennials increased their crash risk by texting while driving,… Read more »

Insurance FYI: Serving alcohol safely

Originally published: May/June 2017 Whether you’re hosting a small get-together or throwing a big bash this summer, it’s important to protect yourself and your guests. Keep these tips in mind when planning your event: Encourage your guests to arrange for designated drivers. Provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages for guests. Stop serving alcohol well… Read more »

COVER FEATURE: What’s new in cruising 2017

Originally published: March/April 2017 Travelers reap the rewards as cruise lines try to stay one wave or river bend ahead of each other.   Food Cooking classes have become extremely popular that many cruise lines have added culinary arts kitchens onboard. Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises Foodies will relish new offerings as cruise lines… Read more »

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 »

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

The tents of Denver International Airport’s Main Terminal reflect in the windows of The Westin DIA, a new AAA Four Diamond property. Courtesy of The Westin Hotel Originally published: March/April 2017 Colorado’s top AAA-rated properties Two Colorado hotels recently joind the list of AAA Four Diamond rated properties, while a Five Diamond hotel continues its… 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 »