Eco Tours in RTX Destinations

It’s quite common to see Eco Tours advertised in many popular RTX vacation destinations, especially those where nature is a driver of tourism or economy in the area. Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” on www.ecotourism.org. In other words, an Eco Tour is an experience that educates visitors about an area’s ecosystem, providing interactive and educational experiences without bringing harm to the environment.

Whether you’re visiting an area near the coast, mountains, rivers, lakes or even the desert, there are always opportunities to experience nature in a way that will help enhance it rather than cause harm. Choosing Eco Tours will not only make less of an impact on the environment, but often you’ll gain experiences and knowledge that you can pass on to others.

If you’re interested in Eco Tours such as the kayak tour from Water-Dog Outfitters featured in this issue, check out these Eco Tours in some of our other RTX destinations. Take an Eco Tour the next time you book a vacation with RTX, whether it’s a timeshare exchange, a getaway or a hotel stay.

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Osprey Bay in Clearwater, FL: This outfitter near RTX destination Dunedin offers kayak and stand up paddleboard tours featuring Honeymoon and Caladesi islands, Cooper’s Bayou or Weedon Island. On these three to four hour tours guests paddle across the intercoastal waterway, navigate through mangrove tunnels and glide through shallow bayous. This tour is a great way to see pristine islands along Florida’s gulf coast while spotting wildlife like egrets, herons, manatees and dolphins. Osprey Bay also offers day trips, paddle fishing charters and gear rentals. Read more about Dunedin.

117455549-webBlack River Outdoors in Murrells Inlet, SC: In one of RTX’s favorite destinations, Black River Outdoors offers five different Eco Tours guided by experienced naturalists. With tours varying in length of two, four and six hours, guests can choose what works best for their vacation schedule. A wide variety of tour experiences available includes tours of the Cypress Swamp, Huntington Beach Salt Marsh, Georgetown Harbor History and Nature, Sandy Island and a Huntington Beach Birding Tour.

A Walk in the Woods in Gatlinburg, TN: With more than 850 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s easy to find a trailhead and set off on your own. However, guided hikes and walks with A Walk in the Woods offer several great options for groups, families or single hikers who want to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of the park while taking in the stunning views. Hikes range in length from one hour strolls to six hour treks and have varying levels of difficulty. Read more about Gatlinburg.

153879006-webRed Rock State Park guided hikes in Sedona, AZ: A visit to Sedona wouldn’t be complete without a day at this 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center. Several trails throughout the park meander along a creek and through the rugged red rocks with stunning vistas and fascinating plants and animals. The park offers daily guided nature walks and activities including children’s programs, bird walks, geology hikes, history hikes and guest speakers who cover all aspects of nature, preservation and local history. Read more about Sedona.

Back Country Trail in Orange Beach, AL: Six trails make up more than 11 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex throughout Orange Beach, Ala., and the Gulf State Park. The trails explore six distinct ecosystems which are home to several rare and threatened plant communities and are also abundant with wildlife like birds, alligators, armadillos, otters, foxes and more. Knowledgeable guides offer two hour tours through the natural habitats of the trails for an affordable price.

 

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