Amazing Exchanges: The Hottest Destinations

Cowboy riding horse

Bandera, TX

Bandera, Texas
Bandera is Northwest of San Antonio and is known as the cowboy capital of the world. Explore the beautiful Texas hill country, and bring along the kids to a classic Western rodeo. You can even catch an old West gunfight reenactment in downtown Bandera on Saturdays, or dig for dinosaur fossils at the Bandera Natural History Museum.

Governor's Palace

Williamsburg, VA

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.

Caves and water fall in canyon de Chelly's red cliffs.A selection of related photographs:

Cave Creek, AZ

Cave Creek, Arizona
Cave Creek was established as a gold mining town in the 1870s, and much of its Western character has survived. Scramble the Sonoran Desert foothills and find astounding hiking trails, saloons, Western shops, rodeo events, art galleries, and live music. This charming town also features Southwestern turquoise jewelry shops and several championship golf courses.


Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama Mountain Resort
Ditch the crowds and strap on your skis for seemingly endless back country slopes in this secluded and magnificent resort skiing destination. Panorama Resort has jaw-dropping views and offers ski-in and ski-out access, a luxury sought out by ski fanatics. After skiing epic powder all day, you’ll be happy to know you can kick your feet up back at the resort with Canada’s largest slope-side pools, on-mountain massage and spa, lively nightlife, and delicious restaurants steps away from your room.

The new Cape Henry Lighthouse located on Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va.

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Explore three different beaches at this dazzling family destination that wows with seafood, water sports, craft beer, and great parks. Honor the different branches of the military at the Patriotic Festival, walk the boardwalk and shop, or spend the day at Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for EveryBODY, the nation’s first 100 percent handicap accessible oceanfront park, ensuring anyone with a disability can have a day at the beach.



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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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