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  • Custom-designed fins line the walls along Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in Ahwatukee. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)

    South Mountain Freeway sound wall ‘fins’ start to take shape

    Shark Week may be history, but you can see fins along a stretch of the emerging Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in Ahwatukee.

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    Labor Day getaways

    Traditionally the last vacation break of the summer -- and one of the most popular travel weekends of the year -- Labor Day is fast approaching. If you haven't made plans, here are a few ideas!

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    Off the beaten path: Forrest Gump Point

    People come from all over the world to see Arizona's Monument Valley. But there's one view, in particular, that has people parking on the side of the road and then dodging traffic to take a certain picture.

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    Travel dos and don'ts

    Even the most seasoned traveler can get caught up in some exasperating or confusing situations.

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    Use your fingerprint or iris to breeze through security lines at Sky Harbor

    A biometric technology company is determined to get you through security at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as quickly, painlessly and predictably as possible. 

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    Beautiful Barcelona

    By turns relaxing and vibrant, modern and ancient, sophisticated and quaint, the Catalan capital of Barcelona is a truly a feast for the senses. 

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    Ship review: Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

    Months of planning and anticipation led up to sailing on May 27 departure of Royal Caribbean’s newest Oasis Class ship, Symphony of the Seas. Overall, I have to say it was a terrific experience. But there are some caveats.

  • VIDEO: Summer gas prices

    CONSUMER ALERT: Are you hitting the road for a summer vacation this year?  AAA says get ready to pay more to fill up your car.

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    Shanghai to Los Angeles in 5 hours? Why supersonic air travel could boom in Asia

    The next wave of supersonic flight could make traveling between the United States and Asia a breeze. 

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    18 best places to visit for summer vacation

    Here are 18 great places to travel in the summer of 2018.

  • Packing tips ahead for your summer vacation!

    Whether you're heading to the beach for a quick weekend trip or to another country for a week-long excursion, you're probably dreading one thing you have to do before you leave -- packing!

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    Unique is the word: Check out these hotels!

    Did you know you can sleep in a glass igloo? Hang over Peru’s Sacred Valley in a glass pod? How about a luxurious tent in the treetops of Thailand’s Golden Triangle? Let’s take a look at some truly exotic accommodations, and why you might want to add them to your travel bucket list!

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    Traveling safely while on vacation

    Arizona residents will soon flock towards cooler weather. What many don’t realize is that there are certain laws you should be aware of while on vacation, from coordinating travel for your pets to knowing your rights while abroad.

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    American Airlines bans insects, hedgehogs and goats as emotional support animals

    American Airlines revised its guidelines on Monday for comfort animals on flights. 

  • Known for its fishing spots and resort options, Puerto Peñasco typically has peak tourist seasons in the spring and summer.  (Source: Angel Mendoza/Cronkite News)

    Arizona, Mexico officials work to make the road to Rocky Point safer

    Mexico’s Federal 8 highway between Lukeville and Puerto Peñasco has been unsafe for years because it’s desolate, narrow and dimly lit, with little signage to guide drivers, Sonoran and Arizona officials say.

  • Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano has destroyed homes and forced the evacuations of more than a thousand people. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

    Hawaii Island update: What to know before you go (and yes, you CAN go)

    Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island, has been front and center in the news lately, and with good reason. So what’s the latest information on travel to the Hawaiian Islands? We have answers.

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    Arizona's cruise port

    Long touting itself as "Arizona’s beach," thanks to specialty cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Puerto Penasco will be able to call itself "Arizona’s cruise port" in less than two years.

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    AAA's Via Blog: Lesser known national parks

    When it comes to national parks, some are more popular than others. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give lesser known parks a second look. 

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    Girls trip! Phoenix travel agency specializes in vacations for ladies

    Looking for a fun girls' trip? Phoenix has a travel agency just for female vacations.

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    Experience your next vacation

    Catchy buzzwords for a new kind of vacation? Well...yes. And no. While not a completely new trend in the world of travel, this kind of travel is now among the hottest. 

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    How to have your family plan your next vacation

    Summer is around the corner, and, unless you're traveling alone, there's no reason to be entirely responsible for planning your family vacation, even if you’re working with a travel agent, like AAA. 

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    Money on the go

    "I'm going abroad. Should I take travelers' checks or just use my credit cards?" "Will my ATM card work overseas?" "What about exchanging foreign currency before I go?" Here are some answers!

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    AAA’s Via Blog: 4 reasons to visit Disney this spring

    Disneyland is in full bloom each spring, but it isn’t the only reason to visit. The AAA Via Blog shares four reasons to visit the Happiest Place on Earth this time of year.

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    Back to the beach!

    Beachgoers have spoken! The 2018 Travelers’ Choice "best beaches in the world" rankings have been announced, and eight of "Top 10 World’s Best Beaches" are just a nonstop or connecting flight away from Phoenix.

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    Rollin' on the river: Your guide to river cruises

    Once considered the vacation choice of older travelers, or experienced cruisers, the most popular river lines have done an exceptional job of opening the market wide.

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    Spring break: Go here, not there

    Although "spring break" may conjure up visions of partying college students, there are plenty of great destinations where families and couples won't feel out of place.

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    Making the grade: What the new travel advisory system means for you

    Pop quiz: Under the previous State Department travel advisory system, a “travel warning” meant the same thing as a “travel alert.” 

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    Top 10 most romantic cities

    If your ideas of a romantic gift go beyond the same old same old, consider planning a romantic getaway for two! But where?

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    21 places to go in 2018

    Each destination looks more interesting than the one before!

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    GIFT IDEAS: Ho ho ho for those on the go go go!

    From making your favorite traveler comfortable on a flight to keeping their valuables safe, here are some of my favorite items you may want to add to your shopping list.

  • AAA projects nearly 51 million Americans will travel nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, the highest amount of travelers since 2005. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo)

    Thanksgiving Day travel expected to be busy in Phoenix

    AAA projects nearly 51 million Americans will travel nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, the highest amount of travelers since 2005.

  • How to ease your way through the airport during busy holiday travel season

    Tighter security. It’s everywhere these days, but nowhere is this more apparent than at the airport, particularly during the week of Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time of the year.

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    5 must-do activities in Mexico's fabulous Riviera Maya

    Turquoise Caribbean water and sugar-white sand coupled with warm breezes and gorgeous resorts - and all just a four-hour-and-15-minute nonstop flight from Sky Harbor!  

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    How to choose your cruise

    There’s something so relaxing about a cruise! Once the domain of the wealthy, marked by strictly observed classes of service, a cruise vacation now offers something for just about everyone.

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    Cabin fever: How to find the right room on a cruise ship

    Before you set sail on your next much-deserved vacation, let's go over a few terms you’ll see on any cruise line website or brochure, so you can choose the type of accommodation that will be right for you.

  • Wind shakes palm trees as Hurricane Maria approaches the coast of Bavaro, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Source: AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

    Will brutal hurricane season affect your island getaway? Maybe

    \With the storm season in full swing -- and three major hurricanes in four weeks definitely counts as full swing -- the situation on the ground on some of the islands of the Caribbean is changing hour by hour, day by day.

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    Travel speak: A room with a view

    When planning your next vacation, look carefully at the type of room you’re booking in with your package. You just might see some terms that won’t mean much to you, but could affect what you’ll see out your picture window.

  • Hurricane warning: Find out how a name affects your travel insurance

    As the fallout continues from Harvey, and Florida braces for Irma, our agency has been fielding calls and e-mails from clients wondering about their upcoming trips.

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    Set sail from San Diego!

    The final buildout of the huge Port of San Diego renovation in downtown’s North Embarcadero area will soon be complete!

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    Cancun and Cabo: Behind the headlines

    Tales of tourists getting sick or blacking out after drinking in Mexico are not new - or even uncommon.

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    Traveling abroad this summer? Be smart -- and safe

    When planning your next big adventure, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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    Majestic places to view solar eclipse in AZ

    Sure, we won’t get the total eclipse here in Arizona, but the show here will still be quite impressive, particularly in the northernmost parts of the state.