The Bottom Line
- Lists additional valuable information about points of interest.
- Comes included in price of Magellan in-car GPS.
- Exclusive to Magellan.
- Available in Magellan in-car GPS models ranging from $250 to $500. Check for the AAA TourBook feature.
- Discounts and Magellan warranty extensions available with AAA membership.
- AAA TourBook coverage area: United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
- Each attraction, lodging and restaurant was listed in the AAA TourBook only after an evaluation by an AAA representative.
Guide Review - Points of Interest Plus: Magellan GPS AAA TourBook
Magellan and the American Automobile Association (AAA) have an exclusive agreement that brings information from the AAA TourBook guides into Magellan in-car GPS. It's another impressive example of how much information can be crammed into the latest generation of GPS devices.
The TourBook feature was mentioned in the review of the Magellan Maestro 4250 and is being reviewed in more depth here.
Instead of the typical simple address and phone number listing, the TourBook includes multiple information categories on restaurants, hotels, attractions, events, auto repair facilities, campgrounds, and AAA roadside assistance facilities.
Hotel listings include: AAA diamond rating, facility description (number of rooms, floors, etc.), leisure activities, pools, guest services, parking, price range and more.
Restaurant listings include AAA diamond rating, one-paragraph summary, features, parking, hours, cuisine type, and a few other details.
Campground listings include facility description (number and type of sites, acreage, etc.), RV/trailer services, and terms and prices.
Other categories covered include attractions, events, and cities.
Select models in the Magellan Maestro line include all of this, plus the more typical, basic points of interest database (6 million points of interest).
Not all Maestro models have the TourBook feature, so be sure the version you are considering has the "AAA TourBook Guide" included before you buy.
The Magellan and AAA partnership extends beyond a beefed-up points of interest database to include product discounts and warranty extensions on Magellan products.
Overall, the additional information available through the AAA TourBook is impressive, and adds significant value to the Magellan models that include it.