Cities We Love: Carmel by-the-Sea

Considered one of the most romantic places in the world, (Travel + Leisure readers voted it No. 3 after Paris and Venice) Carmel is nestled on the Monterey Peninsula, southeast of golf mecca Pebble Beach and north of dramatic Big Sur.  A bit out of the way, though only 15 minutes from the Monterey Regional […]

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Northern Exposure

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings with a trip through Scandinavia’s stunning landscapes. Many of Scandinavia’s charms are obvious: mountains soaring over narrow, crystalline fjords; deep, remote evergreen forests; sleepy fishing villages and compact, tidy cities where people linger in outdoor cafes into the long hours of summer sunlight.     Less immediately clear — […]

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Central Perks!

Explore millennia-old Mayan temples in Belize, zip line through rain forests in Nicaragua, or simply soak up the sun on the sublime beaches of Costa Rica. Travel Impressions provides accommodations as unique as each of these idyllic Central American countries.   Belize The most northern of the trio is Belize, which lies just south of […]

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Transatlantic Cruises: The Only Way to Cross

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean by ship is a travel bucket list item for many. A transatlantic crossing remains a great way to go, even more than 170 years after crossings were first offered as regular passenger trips. The late John Maxtone-Graham lovingly outlined why he preferred the romance of crossings over now more common cruising […]

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Coasting the Coast

Experience the vibrant cities and astonishingly diverse landscape of the West Coast aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. Ready to pack your bags for a West Coast rail adventure? Call your AAA Travel Agent at 800-750-5386 and book your trip today! Sure, you can cover the same distance from Seattle to Los Angeles in less than three […]

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Postcards: Greetings from Hawaii

Mark and Dee Adkins, Kinston, N.C. My Australian pen pal (for over 50 years!) and I began planning a trip together in the summer of 2014 to celebrate our 60th birthdays and her 40th wedding anniversary. The plan was for both couples to cruise Alaska together. Our AAA Travel Agent, Corri Besier, from the AAA Kinston […]

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Napa or Sonoma?

Surrounded by the Vaca Mountains to the east and the Mayacama Mountain range to the west, Napa has an arid Mediterranean climate, with hot summer days and cool evenings producing the perfect wine grape growing climate. Sonoma is a large county spread out over a wide area covering many microclimates — from the hot inland […]

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Trip Notes: Best Bags

Packing pointers and product tips to make your next journey worry free. Choose Wisely Softside or hardside? Softside pieces such as the Samsonite Mightlight 2 or Ricardo Malibu Bay are lightweight, water resistant and offer outside pockets. Hardside pieces like the Ricardo San Clemente or the Delsey Cruise are durable, water and scratch resistant and […]

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