3 North American Travel Ideas

By motor coach, train and rental car.

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Vibrant cities. Stunning natural beauty. Native cultures. Unique local dishes. From enchanting New England and bustling New York City to Canada’s crystal-clear lakes and majestic mountains, North America can provide the backdrop for a memorable vacation.

And whether you prefer to travel North America by luxury motor coach, train or car, AAA Travel can help make it happen—with member-exclusive benefits. Here are three travel partners to consider:

Be guided in a motor coach

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When you really want to experience a destination, travel with experts who really know the area. Guided vacations bring locations to life—and take the stress out of planning a trip. Details of transportation, lodging and scheduling are taken care of for you.

With AAA Travel partner Costsaver, you get maximum value for your vacation dollars. Each guided trip covers the essential sights and includes your choice of carefully selected trip extensions, so you can tailor your vacation just the way you want. Costsaver offers proven itineraries with expert guides, handpicked three- and four-star hotels, breakfasts and up to half of your three-course dinners, plenty of experience options, and luxurious motor coaches.

AAA Members get a $40 per person optional experience voucher.

Essence of Eastern Canada: Get to know some of Canada’s most dynamic cities and awe-inspiring natural wonders on this eight-day trip that starts in Toronto, home to diverse neighborhoods and the soaring CN Tower. Next stop is Niagara Falls for a cruise by the thunderous spray. From there, venture to eclectic Ottawa and elegant Quebec City, where you’ll enjoy a pancake breakfast at a traditional sugar shack and learn how maple syrup is harvested. Wrap things up in Montreal with an architectural tour of this UNESCO-designated City of Design.

Canyon Country Showcase: The American Southwest glitters on this 12-day excursion that sets off from Las Vegas before heading east on iconic Route 66 to the Grand Canyon. Opt for a cruise across Arizona’s sparkling Lake Powell and a four-wheel-drive tour amid the red rock formations of Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border. In Colorado, board Durango’s famous coal-fired locomotive. Then venture into Utah for breathtaking views of spires, buttes and craters in Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks.

Ride the rails

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When you travel North America by train, getting there is half the fun. AAA and Amtrak Vacations provide hundreds of trips to top destinations coast-to-coast, with plenty of legroom, spectacular views and unique dining.

Any trip can be customized to suit your travel needs: Start your vacation from your local train station. Pick your hotels and your sleeping accommodations aboard the train—from coach to a private bedroom with its own bathroom. Add nights at a destination so you can see family or a few extra sites. You can even travel to your final destination by train, then fly home (or vice versa).

AAA Members get $50 off Amtrak packages of five nights or longer, plus $100 toward your next independent rail journey that visits three or more destinations.

Grand national parks: Explore three of the American West’s most majestic national parks—Yosemite, Glacier and Yellowstone—on this 15-day rail excursion. Among the highlights: Yellowstone’s mighty Old Faithful geyser, Yosemite’s towering El Capitan and Glacier’s scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Along the way, you’ll spend some nights in the parks’ iconic lodges, which are often difficult to book on your own, and stop in cities like San Francisco and Seattle. You’ll have plenty of time to visit must-see sites, like San Francisco’s Pier 39 and Seattle’s Space Needle.

Washington, D.C., getaway: Take in the history and excitement of our nation’s capital on this four-day vacation. Spend your days exploring the city’s monuments, memorials and museums on this hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour—plus, get free admission to the International Spy Museum. At night, experience a different side of D.C. on a Monuments by Moonlight tour. There’s nothing quite like seeing the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and others aglow for the evening.

Road trip in a rental

North America Road trip in a rental car

Take control with a road trip when you travel North America—and put those miles on a rental instead of your car. With AAA and Hertz, there are plenty of vehicles to choose from—try an SUV for a mountain drive or a convertible for a coastal highway—and plenty of advantages for AAA Members.

You can start by skipping the airport if you don’t need to fly. By getting your car from a Hertz neighborhood location, you avoid extra airport fees on your rental. You can even take advantage of free pickup and drop-off service if you’re close enough to the Hertz location.

AAA Members enjoy exclusive savings and benefits*, including:

  • Discounts of up to 20% off the base rate on daily, weekend, weekly and monthly rentals.
  • Young Renter Fee waived for members ages 20–24 who meet rental requirements (save up to $29 per day).
  • Free use of one child safety seat (save $13.99 per day).
  • Free additional qualified AAA drivers (save $13.50 per day per driver).
  • Free enrollment in the Hertz loyalty program.

*Taxes and fees excluded. Terms apply.

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