Five Amazing Exchanges

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Best known for its beaches, the Puerto Plata province lies on the north end of the island of Hispaniola. Explore the 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe, a Spanish fortress that holds historical and military artifacts, located in the city’s colonial-era city center.

Branson, Missouri

Family fun abounds at this traditional destination in the Ozarks. The massive Table Rock Lake offers swimming, boating and bass fishing, while the surrounding foothills have hiking and picnicking with a view. Duck inside for the country’s premier live entertainment offerings, or amaze yourself with the selection of go karts, carnival rides, and the Branson Ferris Wheel.

Palm Springs, California

The California desert never looked so good. See where movie stars roamed in the always chic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs. Relax in hot springs, on the golf course, or at the spa. Boost your wardrobe in the shopping district featuring vintage boutiques, or access a great view while hiking in the surrounding Coachella Valley.

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.

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

This trendy, cosmopolitan city is nestled on the coast in the Pacific Northwest. Filled with Asian influence, Vancouver has a wide variety of excellent ethnic food, street food, cafes, and gourmet dining. Couple that with amazing seascapes, a world class city park, and upscale shopping, and you’ve got the recipe for a fantastic destination.

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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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