COVER FEATURE: Colorado getaways: Idyllic picnics

COVER FEATURE: Colorado getaways: Idyllic picnics

There are any number of places in which to dine outdoors with a great view and sunny weather. The EnCompass editor picks four extraordinary picnic spots across colorful Colorado. By Tom Hess Homemade ham sandwiches, baked beans and bacon, and mustard-boiled egg-paprika potato salad on a windswept picnic table in Garden of the Gods in [...]

Unplugged goodness

Unplugged goodness

Indescribably delicious local food, complex wines and quirky characters awaited this Front Range author on her visit to Colorado farm country. By Marty Banks The corn lady can’t be found by website or app. What you need are rough directions, a sharp eye and an empty trunk—because once found, your car will be packed with [...]

Road trip with my Granny

Road trip with my Granny

From dinosaur footprints and hieroglyphics to a century-old watering hole and an even older volcano, Granny and I discovered places we might have overlooked. By Morgan Tilton My Granny is the rock and solace in my life. She is an unwavering supporter, encourager, and advisor to my soaring dreams and surging tribulations. I cannot imagine [...]

Online Feature: Colorado’s best zip line views

Online Feature: Colorado’s best zip line views

By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer As bipeds, it would seem that human beings are earthbound, but being a creative species, we’ve found ways to fly. We hang glide, we bungee, we jump out of planes and we zip line. Originating in Costa Rica in the early 1990s, professional zip line courses have become increasingly popular in Colorado [...]

Colorado First: Return of the One Diamond gems

Colorado First: Return of the One Diamond gems

By AAA Inspector 70 As a AAA Inspector, my job includes selecting and rating hotels and restaurants for inclusion in the AAA TourBook® and Internet TripTik®. I work diligently to find a wide variety of dining options in every town and city that I visit. Inspectors understand the traveling public’s need for fast food meals, [...]

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

yourAAA: Member Benefits News

Relocated and remodeled AAA Colorado’s Colorado Springs store is moving north to a more convenient location, closer to I-25. The current Colorado Springs store location, 3525 N. Carefree Circle, will close at noon on Friday, July 11, 2014, and reopen in its new location, 7330 N. Academy Blvd., in the Academy Shops Shopping Center on [...]

My Colorado Photos

My Colorado Photos

Editor’s note: The winning photos you see here are just two of many dozens we receive every month. Go to AAA.com and see more Member Photos. Look ‘hoos’ here Judith Barnstead of Grand Junction photographed these Great Horned owls while visiting the Grand Valley Audubon Ela Wildlife Sanctuary at Connected Lakes State Park with her [...]

President’s Message: Avoid ID theft while traveling

Identity theft is a growing problem, and it can be an even bigger concern when you travel, especially overseas. You tend to rely more on credit cards, you’re carrying vital documents such as a passport, and you’re probably thinking more about a great place to eat or sightsee than about digital security. Identity thieves target [...]

SafeRoads: What’s that smell?

SafeRoads: What’s that smell?

By Tom Hess Something’s burning, alright, and I know what it is. And I am embarrassed. On a recent drive from the Front Range to the Four Corners region of Colorado, I seemed to forget everything I ever learned about driving downhill on steep Colorado mountain roads. After all, on multiple occasions, I’ve driven down [...]

Auto Tech: The enigmatic Tesla Model S

Auto Tech: The enigmatic Tesla Model S

by Stu Wright Editors Note: Auto Tech is a column on new vehicles designed to conserve resources—hybrids that substitute electricity for gasoline, clean diesel vehicles that improve on gasoline’s mileage, and all-electric cars, like the Tesla Model S reviewed here, that use no gas at all. On a recent California road trip, my wife and [...]

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