3 Great Getaways | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Hit the Texas Gulf beach in Galveston, ski or hike the hills of the Blue Ridge in Banner Elk, or explore the N.C. coast in Atlantic Beach. These three RTX Getaways destinations could be a perfect late winter escape for you and your family.

Galveston, USA - January 10, 2016: Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park and beach on the Gulf of Mexico coast in Galveston, Texas. Banner Elk (21)  Atlantic Beach Fisherman

Galveston, Texas

Beach season is almost year round in Galveston and they’ve got a great one in East Beach, featuring a boardwalk, live music, and concessions. Relax at Moody Gardens, with 242 acres of botanical gardens, or take a trip back in time at the Lone Star Flight Museum, featuring vintage warplanes of a bygone era. If museums are your thing, there’s also the Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum, the only one of its kind.

Banner Elk, NC

Banner Elk wows in any season. Scramble up craggy rock paths at Grandfather Mountain, atop one of the highest peaks in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Test your meddle on the Mile High Swinging Bridge, the highest suspension foot bridge in the country. Families can check out Tweetsie Railroad, with two vintage steam locomotives, or ski Sugar Mountain resort in the winter, which also has a new snow tube area for the little ones.

Atlantic Beach, NC

This barrier island is characterized by four fantastic public beaches, lighthouses, and nature trails. Visit Fort Macon State Park, a Civil War relic that also offers visitors beach access. The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has stingray touch tanks, river otters, sharks and thousands of aquatic animals. Stand up paddleboards, deep sea fishing and kayaks await the more adventurous traveler.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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