By Maria Lenhart
Now’s the time for experiencing the wonders that abound in North America. Whether ballooning over Napa Valley vineyards or cycling along the lighthouse-studded sea cliffs of coastal Maine — there’s much to explore. While overseas journeys have their allure, plenty of world-class travel options exist much closer to home.
Club Adventures: American Experiences (organized by AAA Exclusive Vacations) celebrates this fact by taking a whole new approach to the classic American road trip, one that truly puts participants in the driver’s seat. While you get all the expert assistance and curated suggestions needed to ensure a safe, rewarding getaway, you also have the flexibility to customize one that fits your own tastes.
These unscripted American Experiences enable you to pick your own dates, add or remove nights, upgrade your car, reverse the order in which you visit cities and choose from an array of add-on activities and specialty tours. Each package includes centrally located hotels with free Wi-Fi, a Hertz rental car, daily breakfasts and 24/7 access to assistance.
Where to go? With “Discover the Grand Canyon and Sedona” you can arrive in style at the canyon via a vintage railway and take a hike or Jeep ride through Sedona’s mystical red-rock terrain. “Explore Albuquerque and Santa Fe” brings the chance to delve into Pueblo culture, dig into blue corn enchiladas topped with roasted green chile salsa and go white-water rafting on the Rio Grande.
“Discover San Francisco and Wine Country” combines the tang of sea spray and sourdough with a vineyard landscape and culinary experiences reminiscent of rural France. New York’s wine region is spotlighted in “Explore the Finger Lakes,” a region of exquisite lakes and waterfalls, art museums and more. “Explore Bar Harbor and Portland” takes in Maine’s rocky coastline, granite peaks and quaint villages, all best enjoyed with a succulent lobster roll in hand.
Trace the roots of Colonial America through “Explore Williamsburg,” and enjoy craft distilleries, a meadery and historic taverns. Or trace the roots of American music through “Discover Memphis and Nashville,” stopping at Sun Studios and the Country Music Hall of Fame along the way. “Discover Charlestown and Savannah” presents myriad ways to explore everything from historic homes and gardens to Low Country cuisine and ghostly graveyards.
No matter which of the American Experiences you choose, it will be down a road worth taking.