RTX Vacation Ideas

Midwest Favorites

Midwest Favorites

Visit America’s Heartland, where family-friendly small towns, natural wonders and cultural powerhouses will make you want to pack your bags today.

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Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers

You don’t have to travel all the way to Vegas for spectacular live shows. (Although Vegas is still the king.) Check out our roundup of live shows across the country.

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Step Back in Time

Step Back in Time

Nostalgia rules at these historic vacation destinations. Soak it all in with living history museums and more.

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Weekend Escape | Vancouver, Canada

Weekend Escape | Vancouver, Canada

Spend a weekend in Vancouver, a unique, cosmopolitan city in British Columbia, Canada with strong Asian influences and an active, healthy vibe.

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Festiva Sailing Vacations | St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Festiva Sailing Vacations | St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

We’ve added this spectacular U.S. Virgin Islands itinerary in response to requests from our clients who want to explore the popular and dramatic group of islands known as St. John. You’ll depart from Tortola and experience the beauty of St. John as you explore anchorages around the island.

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The Cabins at Green Mountain

The Cabins at Green Mountain

Cabins at Green Mountain provides that oh-so-great vacation feeling of knowing you’re staying at a place that offers space, comfort and quiet for your stay, all just a few minutes away from the action of the Branson strip.

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Take a Hike

Take a Hike

If you’ve got a hankering to get outside, we’ve got some great hiking destination ideas for your ideal nature-cation!

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Sports Fans | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Sports Fans | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Maybe you’ve got a bucket list going for legendary sports destinations, or you just want to diversify your interests and see what different regions have to offer. Why not use your timeshare to see it all?

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Beach Front Resorts | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Beach Front Resorts | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Can’t get enough of the ocean? We’ve got just what you need. Check out these beach destinations that are perfect for families, couples, and everybody in between!

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The Grenadines | Festiva Sailing Vacations | RTX Traveler Issue 14

The Grenadines | Festiva Sailing Vacations | RTX Traveler Issue 14

May the trade winds push your catamaran gently along and the sun warm your skin into a golden hue as you embark on a fantastic Caribbean voyage with Festiva Sailing Vacations. We’re inviting you to sail along with us to our newest destination, The Grenadines, a lightly-populated 32-island chain located in the south Caribbean, west of Barbados and north of Grenada. You’ll experience world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, white sand beaches, and beautiful tropical weather all year round from the deck of a 44-foot Lagoon catamaran.

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Sand Dune Tours | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Sand Dune Tours | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Got a thirst for adrenaline? Sipping cocktails and lounging by the pool all day isn’t for everyone. If your vacation has you itching for some seat time behind a dune buggy, read further for some awesome adventures within the states.

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Famous Cocktails | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Famous Cocktails | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Tasty libations at RTX Destinations: These luscious libations reflect the area in which they are popular and are an ideal choice to whet your whistle on vacation.

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World Tour | Alaska Cruise

World Tour | Alaska Cruise

Ahoy! Develop your sea legs and set sail in the lap of luxury aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl, a 2006 vessel that’s nearly 1,000 feet long with 13 opulent decks. You’ll want for nothing on this seven day Alaskan cruise from Seattle which visits the ports of Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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Festiva Sailing Vacations | St. Maarten | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Festiva Sailing Vacations | St. Maarten | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Spend seven nights on a luxury Lagoon 440 catamaran exploring St. Maarten, the smallest island shared by two nations. (The Dutch and the French.) Fly into the Dutch side and take a short ride to the marina. You’ll be on your catamaran for dinner and drinks by 5 o’clock, ready to start your sailing adventure around the European capital of the Caribbean.

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National Parks | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 13

National Parks | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Writer and historian Wallace Stegner famously called the country’s national parks “The best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Let’s take a look at some dynamite national parks close to RTX destinations.

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Warmer Winter Fun | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Warmer Winter Fun | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 13

It’s cold out. You’ve just dug out your car for the third time this week, and your heating bill this month might need to be sent to an accountant for calculation. It’s time to get away to somewhere warm. Luckily, we’ve got just the ticket for when you’re in the mood to defrost and have some fun. Here are four southern destinations guaranteed to warm you up and get you through the chilly winter.

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Beyond the Slopes | Destination Exclusive | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Beyond the Slopes | Destination Exclusive | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Ski vacations take place in breathtaking destinations. There are mountain peaks, endless winter wilderness, and fresh snow. These are perfect settings for enjoying the outdoors, even if you aren’t a skier. Here are four RTX destinations where you can still enjoy the winter wonderland when not strapping into the ski boots.

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Apres Ski for Everyone | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Apres Ski for Everyone | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 13

Apres ski- it’s the French tradition of going out and socializing after an energizing day on the slopes. Kick back, relax, grab a cocktail and a slice of pizza, and weave tales of your awesome powder day. Here are four of the best apres scenes in the country for having fun at altitude.

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Destination Exclusive | Animal Kingdoms

Destination Exclusive | Animal Kingdoms

A favorite pastime of Americans, more than 175 million people visit zoos and aquariums each year in the United States. A Florida vacation provides many opportunities to get up close and personal with some of your favorite exotic animals, from the Naples Zoo in Naples to the Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando. While the Sunshine State offers some amazing experiences, there are quite a few exceptional RTX destinations where the wildlife takes center stage. Book your next exchange at one of these destinations and find your inner wild side.

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World Tour | The Far East

World Tour | The Far East

Explore the fascinating ancient and contemporary sides of China in this seven day guided excursion to Beijing and Hong Kong. Spend three nights in each city and see modern skyscrapers and historic temples in Beijing, and traditional Chinese junks sailing by modern cruise ships on Hong Kong’s harbor. View famous landmarks like the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. As part of this package, you’ll also have the specially-arranged services of a local host who can offer suggestions, answer questions, and make sure your vacation runs smoothly.

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Festiva Sailing Vacations | Greece

Festiva Sailing Vacations | Greece

Beautiful, sunny Greece. In this region of the Mediterranean, not only will you find great sailing, snorkeling and sunbathing on beautiful beaches, you’ll also experience remarkable ancient temples and have the opportunity to take historic sightseeing tours and enjoy fantastic dining in the many quaint Greek island communities.

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Destination Exclusives | Theme Parks

Destination Exclusives | Theme Parks

Central Florida is stuffed with a seemingly endless selection of thrill rides and adventures at the world-class amusement parks and theme parks that have made the area one of the top vacation destinations in the world. While Orlando may be the epicenter of excitement, there is an abundance of RTX destinations to explore with top-notch parks located nearby.

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Destination Exclusives | Museum Experiences

Destination Exclusives | Museum Experiences

One of the most overheard questions on a family vacation is, “Are there any activities for the children?” While a trip to Florida means countless theme parks and amusement parks to choose from, not every vacation destination is afforded this luxury. Children’s museums, an often overlooked vacation activity, stimulate the mind, burn energy and most importantly entertain the little ones. Explore, experience and uncover the mysteries of science at these amazing world-class museums located near popular RTX exchange destinations.

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Destination Exclusives | Florida Family Fun

Destination Exclusives | Florida Family Fun

Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Naples and Fort Lauderdale are some of the main reasons Florida is the second most popular state for vacationing. All four locations are chock-full of family entertainment options, and after all family fun is what vacation is all about. Whether there are just a few or an entire crew it’s the people we share that special bond with that make moments into cherished memories. Here is a look at some other great Sunshine State RTX vacation destinations that the whole family can enjoy.

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December 2015 | Local Brews

December 2015 | Local Brews

The craft beer movement has taken the country by storm, and many travelers incorporate a visit to at least one local brewery into their vacations. There are several breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs in the Lake Tahoe area that craft beer lovers frequent for a tasty pint, often served along with delicious food. If you have an affinity for a refreshing and hoppy drink, check out the brew scenes in these RTX destinations.

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December 2015 | Scenic Views

December 2015 | Scenic Views

The drive around Lake Tahoe’s 72 miles of shoreline is known as “The Most Beautiful Drive in America.” While we’re not disputing that claim, there are roads and highways throughout the country that can certainly compete, with routes that showcase extraordinary mountain views, stunning seaside landscapes, colorful foliage and more. Join us for the ride as we explore some of the best routes near RTX destinations.

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December 2015 | Place Your Bets

December 2015 | Place Your Bets

The casinos in Lake Tahoe are a fun option for entertainment and taking chances that could lead to big winnings. Casinos often offer much more beyond placing bets at the tables or posting up at a slot machine. Many casinos feature performances by nationally-renowned acts, restaurants with world-class cuisine, bars and night clubs for dancing the night away, and even family-friendly options for fun and entertainment. RTX members can vacation to a variety of destinations for a memorable casino experience.

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December 2015 | Water Tours

December 2015 | Water Tours

Many vacations are traditionally centered around getting in, or on, the water. Lake Tahoe is the perfect playground for those who want to swim, paddle, fish, boat or play on the water in some way. Whether your family prefers the ocean’s waves, the calm waters of a lake or the refreshing rush of a river, these RTX destinations are sure to make a splash with the whole family.

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December 2015 | Air Tours

December 2015 | Air Tours

Many popular RTX vacation destinations are set against a scenic backdrop full of natural beauty, and air tours are a fantastic way to get the full experience of the local setting. Tahoe’s air tours offer birds-eye views of the lake itself and the surrounding mountains, while in-flight experiences in other places include views of cities, coastlines and more. Check out these destinations from an aerial point of view.

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Music in the Air

Music in the Air

Music lovers rejoice in the Berkshires, with the Tanglewood Music Festival’s outdoor concert series that is also the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. If you seek a musical experience when you go on vacation, you’ll love these RTX destinations where there’s always a tune to please your ears.

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Farm to Table

Farm to Table

The farm-to-table movement has taken the country by storm, and is a positive trend that benefits everyone from the local food growers to restaurant owners and patrons to travelers who want to connect with the place they’re visiting and the people who live there. The Berkshires showcases local food growers and purveyors through Taste Trails as featured in the Summer 2015 edition of RTX Traveler Magazine. If you love exploring the local food culture of your vacation destination, you’ll enjoy eating your way through these fantastic RTX destinations where local food and ingredients are valued and showcased at restaurants and through tours and special events.

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Summer Camp Destinations

Summer Camp Destinations

For families across the country, summertime often means packing the kids off to a sleepaway camp for a week or more, where they make new friends and enjoy new activities while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Many popular summer camp destinations are also ideal resort vacation areas, like the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Instead of sending the kids off to camp and returning home to work, why not plan your little ones’ summer camp experience in conjunction with a grown-up getaway? Consider these RTX destinations where your kids can get an enriching summer camp experience while you can enjoy a much-needed adult vacation nearby.

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Great Museum Destinations

Great Museum Destinations

While the Berkshires is known for the natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities, there are also several fantastic museums for those who are interested in history, art and culture, or for anyone to enjoy when the weather is less than ideal. If you love visiting at least one cultural institution when you vacation, consider these RTX destinations with fascinating museums that are sure to impress.

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Four-Season Ski Destinations

Four-Season Ski Destinations

While vacation destinations like the Berkshires are often associated with ski resorts and other winter activities, many of these snow-covered peaks turn into playgrounds for nature and adventure lovers of all kinds in the warmer months. Check out these RTX destinations that are just as exciting and relaxing in the spring, summer and fall as they are when the slopes are full of action.

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Hot Air Balloon Festivals | RTX Destination Exclusives

Hot Air Balloon Festivals | RTX Destination Exclusives

Every September, the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens draws visitors for three days of events and entertainment centered around big, colorful hot air balloons. If you love the fascinating world of ballooning or are interested in planning a trip around a fun festival similar to this one, check out these balloon festivals in or near RTX destinations and contact a Travel Consultant to start planning your next vacation.

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Fit for a President | RTX Exclusive Destinations

Fit for a President | RTX Exclusive Destinations

Pine Mountain, Georgia was a favorite vacation getaway for Franklin D. Roosevelt; so much so that 9,000 acres of the mountainous area including his vacation home site are now part of the largest state park in Georgia which is also named for him. There are many destinations are well known as either beloved homes or favorite vacation spots of presidents. If you’re into history or politics, or just want to see what our nation’s leaders loved about certain places, check out these presidential destinations for your next RTX vacation.

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Light Up the Holidays | RTX Destination Exclusives

Light Up the Holidays | RTX Destination Exclusives

The stunning light event at Callaway Gardens consistently makes “best of” lists year after year for holiday light displays. Many visitors book their annual vacation and stay on the property so that they can enjoy the lights night after night for a full week. If you seek a bit of magic during the holidays and especially if you have young children, you might consider a vacation to Callaway Gardens or one of these fantastic RTX destinations that also have amazing light displays during the winter holidays.

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Lakeside Living | RTX Destination Exclusives

Lakeside Living | RTX Destination Exclusives

Vacation destinations on or near lakes can be a perfect substitute for an ocean adventure, and are even preferred by some travelers. Callaway Gardens has several lakes for guests to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and more, and the months of the year that the lake activities are available are certainly the most popular there. Check out these RTX destinations where lakes provide plenty of recreation for the whole family as well as gorgeous scenery any time of year.

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Zip Line Away | RTX Exclusive Destinations

Zip Line Away | RTX Exclusive Destinations

Zip lining, ropes courses and aerial adventures like that found at Callaway Gardens are becoming more and more popular in vacation destinations throughout the world. From exhilarating canopy descents to low-scale, kid-friendly attractions, this activity is something that can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Whether you are an adrenaline junky or looking for a safe and fun way to overcome a fear of heights, treetop adventures in these RTX destinations could be the ideal activity for you.

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Top 10 2014 Exchange Destinations

Top 10 2014 Exchange Destinations

As 2014 comes to a close, we have reviewed some of the most popular destinations among RTX members this year. Check out where our members love to travel, and contact RTX today to plan your next vacation to one of these hot spots.

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Under the Sea: Marine Adventures in RTX Destinations

Under the Sea: Marine Adventures in RTX Destinations

From whale watching to swimming with sharks, Maui has plenty to offer for sea life encounters. If you seek out time with marine animals on your vacations, check out these destinations where you can swim with the fishes – or just observe them from a comfortable distance if you prefer.

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View from the Top: Hiking in RTX Destinations

View from the Top: Hiking in RTX Destinations

Whether you’re hiking through Hawaii’s rainforests to a spectacular waterfall splashing into a swimming hole or around the top of a volcanic crater with a stunning view of the ocean, scenic hikes are a fun and rewarding way to experience a vacation destination. These RTX destinations, from tropical to desert to mountainous, are fantastic places to take a hike and enjoy the scenery.

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Couple’s Retreat: Fall in Love in these RTX Destinations

Couple’s Retreat: Fall in Love in these RTX Destinations

Couples flock to Hawaii to find a bit of romance among the tropical climate, flowing waterfalls and stunning beaches. Something about the sweet scent of the frangipani leis, dramatic sunsets on top of volcanoes and soft breezes from the Pacific seem to put people in the mood for love. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your sweetie on your next RTX vacation, check out these destinations where love is always in the air.

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Feels Foreign: Escape to the Exotic Without a Passport

Feels Foreign: Escape to the Exotic Without a Passport

One thing that draws visitors to Hawaii is the allure of the exotic. While it’s part of our own country, the climate, culture and landscape often look and feel like a foreign country that is new and exciting yet comfortable and familiar. We’ve chosen several other destinations that RTX members can visit that feel far away but might just be a short drive. Whether it’s due to a tropical setting, unique architecture or food, culture and traditions that can be found nowhere else, these vacation favorites will open your eyes to a whole new world.

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RTX Destinations In Bloom

RTX Destinations In Bloom

From historic landmarks to roadside wildflowers: If you love the idea of visiting Maui’s lavender fields, we have ideas for several destinations where you can enjoy glorious blooms throughout the year. Check out these RTX vacation spots with colorful blooms and sweet scents, from the Carolinas to South Georgia to California.

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RTX Getaways | Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

RTX Getaways | Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

RTX members have access to RTX Getaway Weeks that are ready to be booked right now, without having to deposit your week or pay an exchange fee. With amazing low prices, Getaways are a great way to save on your vacation. Log in to www.RTX.travel to start exploring Getaways available to you right now. Read on to find out more about some of our current popular destinations for RTX Getaways.

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Bike-Friendly & Car-Free RTX Vacation Ideas

Bike-Friendly & Car-Free RTX Vacation Ideas

This issue’s featured destination, Hilton Head Island, is a fantastic place to see by bicycle. With its extensive and accessible bike paths that can take you just about anywhere you need to go on the island, it is easy to leave the car parked and explore the area on two wheels. Plus, the area’s ideal weather will make you want to spend as much time in the fresh coastal air as possible.

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Beyond the Beach: Sand-free summer vacation spots

Beyond the Beach: Sand-free summer vacation spots

While many folks can’t wait to get their toes in the sand each summer, the beach is not the ideal vacation experience for everyone. Some may prefer the mountains or a trip to a lake, while others may yearn for amusement parks or an urban escape. When the beach is not your bag, check out these three destinations that pack a sweet punch when it comes to summer fun.

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Love Lighthouses? Check out these RTX destinations:

Love Lighthouses? Check out these RTX destinations:

Some lighthouses are preserved as historic landmarks and may also have a museum, gift shop or park adjacent to them while some are more rustic and make an interesting addition to vacation photos on the shore. Here are a few lighthouses RTX members can visit using an exchange, getaway or discounted hotel stay in these seaside destinations.

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Hit the Green: Where to tee off on your next RTX vacation

Hit the Green: Where to tee off on your next RTX vacation

Hilton Head Island, featured in our Summer 2014 issue, is one of the most popular golf destinations in the country. If you are a golf enthusiast who chooses your vacation destination based on the best courses worth traveling for, check out some of RTX’s picks for top golf vacation spots. Not only do these places offer incredible golf, but there’s plenty to see and do off the green as well.

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Eco Tours in RTX Destinations

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.

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Get Cultured

Get Cultured

While historical tours and attractions can be found in many popular RTX vacation destinations, some places have fascinating cultural backgrounds that may not always be found in history books. Like the Gulllah Tour on Hilton Head Island, tours that explore the heritage of the people in a specific area can often give a better understanding of what makes a destination special. Whether it’s a dialect, food, craft or tradition that helped shape an entire country’s history or one that is becoming rarer as time goes on, tours that focus on culture – however mainstream or unconventional – can be a highly entertaining and educational vacation experience. Here are a few cultural tours in other RTX destinations that give a glimpse of the life of people from these areas.

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