5 Amazing Exchanges | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Ready to start planning your 2017 vacation? In each issue of RTX Traveler, our Travel Consultants share some of the top spots where RTX members can exchange for their next vacation. Here are their current picks for 2017. Contact RTX today to let us send you on vacation to one of these fantastic destinations!

HHI sunrise walk

Hilton Head Island, SC

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.

View from the gondala overlooking Lake Tahoe and state line

Panorama Resort, Canada

World-class fall line skiing typifies this cozy and remote ski-in, ski-out resort. The picture-perfect Purcell Mountains provide 4,000 vertical feet of skiing on 3,000 acres of varying terrain, enough to satisfy any ability level. Still not convinced? Head over to the adjacent RK Heliski for a truly unforgettable experience in some of the best helicopter skiing in the world. They also boast Canada’s largest slope side hot pools, and on-mountain massage and spa services to sooth your aching bones.

Stateline, NV

Stateline is part of the split personality of the Lake Tahoe region. Nightlife and entertainment is the name of the game here, as if there wasn’t enough to do in Lake Tahoe. Outdoor concerts draw big names such as Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars in the summer, and fire pits warm up revelers in the winter at the Shops at Heavenly Village. Gamers can try their luck at several casinos, a Stateline staple.

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

New Smyrna Beach, FL

This stunning, warm destination on the east coast of Florida hits all the high points of a Florida vacation. Enjoy ocean sport fishing, eco tourism, kayaking among mangroves, river cruises, historical sites, and world-class golf. Thirteen miles of white sand beaches greet visitors, as well as some of the most consistent wave action on the east coast. Surf’s up for thrill seekers looking to test their meddle!

Vancouver, Canada

This Asian-influenced, cosmopolitan city in western Canada combines the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with trendy shopping and restaurant districts. Spend the day wandering city streets and taking it all in, then step outside the next day and find yourself in the middle of a temperate rainforest, crossing a footbridge high above a primal river. For more adventure, visit nearby scenic Whistler or take a ferry to Vancouver Island.

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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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