Category: Carolinas

Member Spotlight: David Ankin

If you’ve seen the hit show “ToyMakerz,” you’re familiar with AAA Carolinas Member, David Ankin. A former stuntman, Ankin performed for the Warner Brothers Batman stunt show, various Universal stunt shows, and other high-octane events. The TV show was born from Ankin’s successful company (of the same name) of building high-end custom racing machines — […]

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Category: US

Going to Graceland

Road tripping to Memphis to visit Graceland has long been on my travel wish list, and last year my dad and I made it happen. Armed with our AAA TripTik and an epic Elvis Presley playlist, we hit the road. We stayed at the newly opened Guest House at Graceland (AAA Four Diamond). Conveniently situated […]

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Category: US

Route 66 Kicks

In 1946, Bobby Troup composed an eternally catchy tune that celebrated the postwar freedom enjoyed by returning American servicemen and their families. Many people know that song.  Years before that blissful summer of ’46, Route 66 earned its hard-won stripes as America’s “Mother Road,” having been so named in John Steinbeck’s Depression-era epic novel, The […]

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Category: World

Hamilton’s Nevis

Often overshadowed by its glitzier Caribbean neighbors, Nevis led a quiet existence until 2015, when the blockbuster play Hamilton premiered on Broadway. Three years later, the island buzzes with Hamilton buffs — called Hamilfans — in search of bits of information about the early life of America’s first treasury secretary. Along the way, the island’s […]

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Category: US

Walking Through Music History 

Long before it was one of the hippest and fastest growing cities in the nation, Nashville has always beckoned visitors with historic charm. Known as “Music City,” Nashville is the epicenter of country music. It seems that everybody who is anybody in country music history has traveled the streets of Nashville. The capital city of […]

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Category: Carolinas, Coastal

Retro Coastal Carolinas Destinations

Relive the simple pleasures of bygone vacations with these classic diversions. As the world speeds up with ever-changing technology and longer to-do lists, wouldn’t it be great to slow things down and get back to basics? Unplug and enjoy the charms of a vintage vacation.  Go Fly a Kite When is the last time you […]

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Category: World

In Monet’s Garden

“I am good for nothing except painting and gardening. My greatest masterpiece is my garden.” — Claude Monet   Such a statement coming from a leading artist of the Impressionism Movement in the late 1800s and early 1900s! The works of Monet the painter are well known, but to truly discover his accomplishments as a […]

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Movie Night Out

The Nostalgia of Drive-Ins Thrives In the Carolinas At the bottom of a hill, a monster movie screen rises 50-feet high along South Battleground Avenue, a well-intentioned sore thumb in a clearing among a perimeter of tall oaks. Kings Mountain, off in the distance, creates an idyllic panorama for a film set in its own […]

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