Tag: Gatlinburg

Appalachian Trail Outposts | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 21 Exclusive Destinations

Appalachian Trail Outposts | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 21 Exclusive Destinations

The nearly 2,200 mile-long Appalachian trail stretches through 14 states. Hikers and vacationers alike find respite at these eclectic, vivacious towns along the trail.

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Charming Downtowns | RTX Traveler Issue 20 Exclusive Destinations

Charming Downtowns | RTX Traveler Issue 20 Exclusive Destinations

Nestled at the base of the 300,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is appropriately nicknamed the “Gateway to the Smokies.” With three entrances to the park from downtown and numerous roads and trails leading into the park, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area. The bustling downtown lies in a valley between the mountains, and has tons of gift shops, restaurants, bars and fun stuff to do. Take the gondola at Ober Gatlinburg for a spectacular view up the mountain.

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Amazing Exchanges: The Hottest Destinations

Amazing Exchanges: The Hottest Destinations

Cozumel is an island off the coast of Mexico about a three hour drive south of Cancun, but it’s a fantastic destination all by itself. Known for its diving and snorkeling, the Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world.

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Top 10 Exchanges in 2017

Top 10 Exchanges in 2017

Top 10 Exchanges in 2017

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Five Amazing Exchanges | RTX Traveler Issue 16

Five Amazing Exchanges | RTX Traveler Issue 16

The natural beaches of the Outer Banks are the main attraction here, but you can also delve into the history of flight as you visit the national historic landmark of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the site of the world’s first controlled powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

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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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Winter 2012-2013 | RTX Traveler Magazine

By on January 1, 2013
Winter 2012-2013 | RTX Traveler Magazine

RTX Traveler is our way of transforming your exchange from just a reservation into an experience that you and your family will remember for a lifetime. We invite you to come along on our journey through the featured destinations in our inaugural issue: Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Rangeley, Maine.

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Gateway to the Smokies | Gatlinburg | RTX Traveler Magazine

Gateway to the Smokies | Gatlinburg | RTX Traveler Magazine

Nestled at the base of the 300,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is appropriately nicknamed the “Gateway to the Smokies.” With three entrances to the park from downtown and numerous roads and trails leading into the park, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area. In fact, it was the creation of the national park in 1926 that boosted tourism to the area and with the end of World War II in 1945, tourism became one of the biggest economy boosters for this sleepy town.

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Winterfest Kickoff in Gatlinburg | RTX Traveler Magazine

Winterfest Kickoff in Gatlinburg | RTX Traveler Magazine

While some resort towns and areas supported by tourism all but close their doors and hibernate for the winter, the small and energetic towns of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee – Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge – light up and get out, and encourage visitors and locals alike to do the same. Each town has its own kickoff event and from November through February, Winterfest is celebrated throughout these communities with holiday shows and events, special tours, activities hosted by local businesses and plenty of holiday lights to admire.

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Bill Gladwell, Mentalist in Gatlinburg | RTX Traveler Magazine

Bill Gladwell, Mentalist in Gatlinburg | RTX Traveler Magazine

Bgladwell1In downtown Gatlinburg, it’s hard to miss the iconic space needle attraction, as if the real thing were plucked from Seattle and dropped into the Smokies. Visitors can take the elevator to the top for a view of downtown and the surrounding mountains or you can choose from hundreds of games of chance and skill in the bustling arcade on the ground floor. If you make your way through the lights and music to a back corner, you’ll find the Arcadia Theater, where one of Gatlinburg’s newest shows will dazzle and delight you, and might just blow your mind.

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