RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 18 | Colorado

RTX Traveler: Letter from the Editor

RTXTraveler_Issue18_Colorado_coverWhen I think of the peaks of Colorado, I typically picture snow. Lots and lots of snow. I see people bundled up from head to toe in thick winter gear, cheeks flushed from the frigid wind, or from the adrenaline of just having traversed the steep slopes on skis or snowboards. As someone who is not interested in any of those things, I always pictured myself spending a Colorado vacation warm, dry and cozy by the fire with a beverage in hand.

However, after getting reports back from writer and photographer Pat Barcas’ trip to Breckenridge and Granby over the summer, I was ready to pack my bags. Hiking, biking, wildlife, river rafting, adventure parks and plenty of sunshine and greenery? These are all way more appealing to this Southern gal with a love of the (warm) outdoors and mountain scenery.

If, like me, you’ve always put Colorado aside as a vacation spot for any reason, please read this issue. If you still don’t want to visit after reading about dogsledding in the summer, white water rafting, craft beer and stunning scenery, then RTX can still find a vacation destination that’s right for you. You might find inspiration in our Destination Exclusives section; or you may want to explore your benefits beyond exchange to travel to cities like Portland, Maine; our featured Weekend Escape. Or maybe the beach is calling you – if that’s the case, check out our Resort Spotlight in Sunny Isles, Florida.

On a slightly different note, we do want to acknowledge our friends, colleagues and business partners who live and work in several popular RTX vacation destinations that have experienced tragedy of one kind or another over the last few months. Hurricanes devastated the paradises of St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. An earthquake brought destruction to Mexico City. A horrific shooting occurred in Las Vegas. As people in these and other impacted destinations work hard to rebuild and restore their homes, we want to show support by continuing to promote tourism to these areas in the long term. While some Caribbean islands impacted by the hurricanes may take months to be restored back to their original beauty, we know that they will need the support that tourism provides, and we will he here to send you there when they are ready to start welcoming visitors again.

Sara Little
Editor, RTX Traveler

Destination IconRTX Traveler Magazine Issue 18 | Colorado Featured Destinations

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Amazing Exchanges: The Hottest Destinations

Amazing Exchanges: The Hottest Destinations

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.

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Safe Travels

Safe Travels

There are plenty of ways to see some eye-popping scenery as well as wildlife in Colorado from the comfort and safety of your car. (See our write up on Trail Ridge Road.) Alternatively, you could also spend a week in either Granby or Breckenridge without getting a single scuff of dirt on your shoes, and have an excellent vacation. But for those travelers who want to go a little further, and get a little more off the beaten path, Colorado is one of those states that will certainly reward a little adventurous spirit with majestic vistas and tucked away valleys teeming with flora and fauna. (See our write up on best hikes.) But as with anything, if you don’t take the risk, you won’t get the reward. With these safety tips provided by the United State Forest Service, you can be prepared for any adventure, in any season.

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Travel Tips: Colorado

Travel Tips: Colorado

Denver International Airport (DEN) is an attraction in itself, and also contains some mysteries.

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3 Things to Know Before You Visit

3 Things to Know Before You Visit

Mountain vistas all around. Pristine alpine lakes. Endless forests of Aspen trees. All of this scenery at altitude is beautiful, but it can take your breath away, among other things.

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RTX Resort Spotlight: Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort-Sunny Isle Beach, Florida

RTX Resort Spotlight: Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort-Sunny Isle Beach, Florida

This posh resort on the beach is a home away from home for travelers seeking to be pampered in a luxury environment.

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River Front Views

River Front Views

Lake Havasu boasts 400 miles of coastline and 300 days of sunshine per year. It’s the place to be for boating and water recreation. And they have an In N Out Burger. Everywhere you look there’s hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, off roading, shopping, dining and boating in the desert heat. Visit during one of the many boating race events and poker runs and you can stretch out on the beach at Bridgwater Channel and check out million dollar boats idling by, passing under the famed London Bridge.

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Staying Liquid

Staying Liquid

This Appalachian mountain town harkens back to its roots with real authentic moonshine distilleries that make liquor on the premises. Check out Ole Smoky Whisky Distillery or Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery, both right downtown for free samples. But they also step into the modern age with craft beer brewers and wineries. Visit Smoky Mountain Brewery and Smoky Mountain Winery for a variety of libations that will make your taste buds dance!

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The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush

When staying in Scottsdale, it’s hard to deny the mining history of the sleepy surrounding desert. Well worth the two hour drive north is the town of Jerome, which supported 10,000 people through a copper mine in the 1920s. Now it’s a tribute to ghost towns of the past, hosting artists, restaurants, shops and galleries. Dine in the Asylum restaurant in the Jerome Grand Hotel, which was once a miner’s hospital, and tour Jerome State Park, located in the mansion of former mine owner James Douglas.

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Star Struck

Star Struck

The natural wonders of Lake Tahoe compliment the night sky very well: the high altitude sky is often clear and bright, without distracting city lights. Check out Emerald Bay and the reflections off the calm water, and the extremely dark skies of Hope Valley. For higher altitude viewing, Spooner Lake sits at 7,600 feet with many backcountry hikes available.

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RTX Getaways

RTX Getaways

This Southern city will shine in 2018 with a massive tricentennial celebration. The celebrations begin later this year with special art exhibits and conferences featuring the past, present and future of this vibrant city. Catch a special New Years Eve celebration or take in the sight of the tricentennial NOLA Navy Week and Tall Ships of America Festival!

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