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Breathtaking Scenery • Majestic Wildlife • Stunning Glaciers • Pristine Waterways
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Iconic Destinations with Impeccable Service

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It’s no wonder that the legendary Canadian Rockies are on the must-see list for many travelers, with its majestic mountains, glacier-fed lakes, and fertile river valleys. And what better way to experience them than with a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey. Combining the romance and history of Canadian rail travel with the stress-free luxury of our onboard experience, you will return home with lifelong memories.

Rocky Mountaineer offers two onboard service choices: SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf Service. Otherwise known as extraordinary and even more extraordinary. From the moment you arrive to the moment you disembark, everything is carefully choreographed to make your journey effortless, luxurious, and unforgettable.

SilverLeaf Service offers breathtaking views from extra-large windows while attentive Hosts serve three-course delicious meals right at your seat. Attended by two Hosts and one culinary team member, you can enjoy complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, gourmet snacks, and engaging stories about the history and wildlife of the passing regions.

Stepping onto the bi-level, glass-domed train cars of GoldLeaf Service is a luxurious experience unto itself. With sprawling windows on the upper level, you can feast your eyes on sights at every turn. Downstairs, an elegant dining room awaits with a gourmet à la carte menu and full culinary team, where you can sit with other travelers and enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast and three-course lunch. Get even closer to nature by visiting the exclusive viewing platform and step into the great outdoors while fresh air washes over you. When you return to your seat, the four Hosts recount historic tales of the Rocky Mountains while you enjoy gourmet snacks and complimentary beverages.

The stunning scenery with endless views are enough to keep you enthralled, but beyond that, there’s the chance to make new friends and connect with your traveling companions as you take in this memorable trip of a lifetime.

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The view from PNC Park is enjoyable on a summer night!

Pittsburgh: Fun Road Trip from New York State

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Nothing says summer like a road trip! And with baseball being a favorite American pastime, why not incorporate the two?! That was the plan when my husband and I took off to catch a Pittsburgh Pirates game in August.

Pittsburgh is a three-hour drive from Buffalo – perfect for a weekend getaway! We had the opportunity to travel in a 2019 Chevy Equinox – after all, Chevrolet is the official vehicle of Major League Baseball! (What did I think of the vehicle? Check out my blog on the Equinox here.)

But for now, back to baseball! It’s no surprise that PNC Park is a favorite among locals and tourists. It’s located right along the Allegheny River and you get a great baseball vibe upon arrival – they were even giving out free shirts! The fans were all welcoming and we struck up conversations with a lot of the people around us! A boy in our row was even lucky enough to get a baseball from one of the players! The weather was perfect, and it was a great night for baseball!

If you're visiting Pittsburgh during baseball season, be sure to take in a game!
If you're visiting Pittsburgh during baseball season, be sure to take in a game!

After we celebrated the Pirates 14-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, we followed the crowd and walked over the Roberto Clemente bridge to check out Pork & Beans, a bar and restaurant that features some fun decorations. We continued our walk back to our hotel, the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center, a AAA three diamond hotel, to grab a bite to eat at the hotel lounge, Crafted North, where you’ll find yummy burgers and sandwiches! 

The burgers at Crafted North in Pittsburgh come piled high.
The burgers at Crafted North in Pittsburgh come piled high.

For me, no road trip is complete without some morning exploring so we headed out early for a great walk in downtown Pittsburgh. We walked back over to PNC Park and strolled along the river’s edge before crossing back over the bridge, where many couples declare their love for one another with a lock – it felt like we were in Europe where that custom is a tradition! (Note to self: next time bring a lock!)

You'll find locks of love along the bridges in Pittsburgh.
You'll find locks of love along the bridges in Pittsburgh.

Then it was time to hop back into the Chevy Equinox for our drive home – the navigation system was easy to use with step by step driving directions. Plus, the vehicle’s built-in WiFi easily allows the passenger to share photos from a weekend getaway while the driver can safely focus on the road! 

Even though summer road trip and baseball seasons are winding down, that doesn’t mean road trip season has to end. At AAA Western and Central New York, we are seeing a new trend with travelers booking early for fall trips! Top destinations include Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for fall foliage tours and the Fingers Lakes and Niagara County for winery tours. No matter where you're headed, use caution and make it a safe trip!

 

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Rocky Mountaineer train in the Canadian Rockies

Settle in and Prepare to Be Amazed

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There are many reasons why the Canadian Rockies continuously rank as one of the top travel destinations in the world.

French Quarter, New Orleans

Beignet, Done That in NOLA!

Marissa D'Arpino

I recently traveled to this world renowned Jazz-tastic city on the “Spotlight on New Orleans” itinerary with AAA Member Choice Vacations.

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino are both AAA Four Diamond-rated attractions.

Seneca Casinos: Your Summertime Entertainment Oasis

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For an unforgettable experience full of world-class gaming, award-winning restaurants, electrifying nightlife, relaxing spa & salons and so much more-look no further than Seneca Niagara Resort & Ca