Benefit Reminder | Act Now to Lock Down a Summer 2019 Booking at a High Demand Area

Book early. It’s really the best way to ensure you get to exchange where you want, especially with the destinations we offer that are in high demand. It might seem like it’s a little early to start thinking about next summer, but what’s wrong with a little vacation dreaming, right? Keep reading for our favorite high demand destinations that you should book right now if you want to secure a week.

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Williamsburg, Virginia

Take a huge step back in time and visit the open air, living history museum of Colonial Williamsburg, a 300 plus acre preserved area of our nation’s history. Take an after dark tour of the haunted streets, and learn about Revolutionary War history as you wander through the original and reconstructed colonial revival structures. The area is also part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which includes nearby Jamestown and Yorktown. If you want to split your vacation between history and present day fun, the area has a wide variety of activities including Busch Gardens Williamsburg, numerous day spas, art galleries, and shopping, as well as horseback riding and hiking.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Imagine a family oasis situated in a natural area: restaurants and shopping are plentiful during the day, but step onto the beach at night and you can view the Milky Way with your naked eye. This incredible destination combines the best of both worlds; the convenience of a family destination with the relaxation and peacefulness of a remote hideaway, all with unmatched safety and mobility for the kids. Bikes are just as common as cars, as the island is dotted with well-marked bike paths, and you can also roll on the hard packed sand on the miles of beaches. Gentle, warm waters beckon to beachgoers during a lazy afternoon of enjoying the sunny skies on Hilton Head Island, or take a kayak trip through the area’s diversely wild wetlands and estuaries.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

With those stunning mountain views and lush green forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’re the only ten we see, Gatlinburg. Nestled at the base of the 300,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is appropriately nicknamed the “Gateway to the Smokies.” With three entrances to the park from downtown and numerous roads and trails leading into the park, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area. In fact, it was the creation of the national park in 1926 that boosted tourism to the area and with the end of World War II in 1945, tourism became one of the biggest economy boosters for this sleepy town. The one year anniversary of the wildfires in the adjoining park has come and gone, and the town is thriving in the wake of the natural disaster. The “Smokies Strong” attitude has helped the area bounce back, and most visitors will notice scant evidence of the fires, which came right up against downtown. Visit this fun mountain town this holiday season and discover the scenery and magic of the Smokies!

Orlando, Florida

It’s no secret that much of Central Florida is a playground for families, with countless theme parks, attractions and nonstop entertainment. This area is densely packed with more shopping, dining and fun than any visitor could cover in a week.

Daytona Beach, Florida

For fans of auto racing, Daytona International Speedway certainly qualifies as a must-see destination. People began racing on the beach in the early 1900s and you can still drive on it today. (Speed limit 10.) Pay a visit to the Speedway to see the newest attraction, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Daytona is also the year round festival capital of Florida, hosting everything from Bike Week, to the Daytona Blues Festival, to the Halifax Arts Festival. For water lovers, explore the Ponce Inlet, the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, or the beach itself. The Ponce Inlet is on the southern side of town and features Florida’s tallest lighthouse, open for tours. Take a stroll on the pier and get lunch overlooking the ocean, or get drinks at The Roof, a rooftop bar with a great view of the beach. Choose your place in the sugary sand among 23 miles of beach in Daytona. Along with the ocean, there are many splash parks, beach volleyball courts, and jungle gyms for the kids to burn off energy.

Las Vegas, Nevada

There’s nothing quite like the spectacle of Las Vegas. The strip is an unofficial theme park. Wander from casino to casino, taking in shows, shopping, fine dining, gaming, and the spectacle of the casinos. Out on the sidewalk, the shows continue with people watching and buskers vying for tourist attention. Take the kids to check out Iron Man at the Marvel Avengers Station interactive exhibit at Treasure Island, or try something uniquely Vegas- become an axe throwing master at Axe Monkeys indoor axe throwing, or fire a machine gun at The Range 702. For a different feel, you can take a cab a few miles to downtown Las Vegas, where the Fremont Street Experience offers up more people watching, live music, and gaming in a more intimate setting. It’s sensory overload at its finest. Excursions to Hoover Dam, desert tours, or just lounging by the pool with a cocktail are also a great way to catch a break from the intensity of the Strip.

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe offers lots of summer boating, hiking, swimming, standup paddle boarding, and night life. Explore this wonderful destination in the high desert above America’s largest alpine lake. The wonderfully scenic road around the lake offers majestic, rugged views and serene, quiet beaches. In South Lake Tahoe, the largest town around the lake, you’ll find family restaurants, shopping, and casinos in adjacent Stateline, Nevada. Catch some live entertainment or pass the time in the warm, dry air at a trendy outdoor brewery. For a change of pace, Reno is just an hour’s drive down the mountain.

Branson, Missouri

Branson is a time capsule of a vacation from yesteryear- a place where families are given limitless choices in entertainment and excitement, veterans will be shown great appreciation, hearty meals are celebrated, American history is reflected upon, and the American flag is given great reverence. This unique part of the country is a paradise of outdoor adventures and unique experiences- lose yourself in a cave, challenge your apprehension on a rollercoaster, or sit back and let the world famous performers entertain you with a dazzling show. It’s simple Americana at its finest, and there is no other place like it. Join us as we discover what’s new in Branson, your live entertainment getaway in the Ozarks!

Cancun, Mexico

Most travelers probably don’t know that in 1969, Cancun was specifically chosen by the Mexican government as an ideal site for tourism development. In the 1970s, the sleepy village on the Yucatan peninsula was transformed into one of the Caribbean’s premier destinations, now host to more than 27,000 hotel rooms along the 17-mile-long stretch of beaches. When you visit, you can see why Cancun was chosen as the quintessential tropical escape- the ideal climate, clear blue water, nearby Mayan ruins, and stunning beaches compliment the modern nightclubs and opulent shopping centers. This remote and tiny fishing village once consisting of just 12 families has all the infrastructure and modern amenities to please even the most demanding traveler. Visit and see why Cancun is the perfect south of the border vacation with family, or a romantic getaway for two.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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