Roll Out - Road Trip Tips & Essentials

Nothing better defines the American spirit than the call of the American road.
We love it when you book your cruises and tours with us, but 82 percent of members contacting us for travel are requesting road-based travel information.  AAA members have access to the best driving vacation tools available, including: free maps, TourBooks® and our world-famous TripTiks®, complete with the latest construction information.  You may be part of this group, having used AAA for road travel year after year. This year, we can help even more.

While at your AAA store picking up maps and TourBooks®, or printing your TripTik® from, let us check hotel and attraction ticket prices for you. You may be surprised at what you’ll find – lower prices and great service. In addition, AAA members get exclusive savings on lodging, dining, shopping and everyday services, wherever you travel. Make sure to watch for the AAA Show Your Card and Save sign to maximize your savings while traveling.

I just returned from Washington D.C., which happens to be in the top 10 driving destinations for AAA Ohio Auto Club members.  Our nation’s capital has so much to offer, much of it for free.  The  Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has worked hard over the past 10 years to bring a true metropolitan flair to the city with focus on the restaurant scene, cultural events and the development of new museums and attractions.  This city is great for walking but the metro system is easily accessible and user-friendly.  Seeing D.C. by night is a real treat - visitors are abundant as they mill around the beautifully illuminated monuments. Ask one of our travel professionals about five great D.C. getaway packages with included sightseeing admissions from $105 per person, or hotel stays from $130 per night.

So, what are the other top driving destinations for your fellow travelers? Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Orlando, Gatlinburg, Virginia Beach, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Branson and Williamsburg.  These are the tried and true top driving destinations year after year, so you can visit one or two each year, until you’ve made your way through the list!

Our own great state of Ohio also happens to be on our members’ most traveled list.  AAA is your resource for playing in your own backyard, offering great packages to Ohio State Parks, Hocking Hills and Amish Country.  AAA also offers discounts to many Ohio amusement parks and attractions.  

Every year AAA produces a summer travel guide loaded with driving vacation tips and suggestions.  Pick up a guide at one of our stores, and while you are there, check out our cool travel gear.  You can also order this year’s guide, AAA Exclusive Collection: Dream Getaways, by calling 1-888-AAA-OHIO, or by visiting  

Have a great vacation, and don’t forget to take AAA along for the ride.