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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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RTX Getaways| RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 20

RTX Getaways| RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 20

The laid-back sister of Myrtle Beach is the seafood capital of South Carolina. This lazy low-country escape features inlet dining at the MarshWalk. Relax at Huntington Beach State Park, with nary a high-rise to be found. The 9,000 acre Brookgreen Gardens offers one of the largest collections of sculptures in the country.

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Resort Spotlight- Village at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island

Resort Spotlight- Village at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island’s intoxicating air of relaxation is second to none. Supremely family-friendly, the whole island is interconnected with well-marked and safe bike paths, family shopping and entertainment areas, natural refuges, and of course miles and miles of wide, sandy beaches.

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Momma Needy’s Smothered Fish

Momma Needy’s Smothered Fish

Gullah cooking is perhaps one of the most familiar aspects of the culture to most visitors to the low country, as it is similar to many Southern soul food dishes found throughout the area. Authentic Gullah restaurants are somewhat rare, but well worth a visit. This simple recipe for fish found local to Hilton Head calls for the most basic ingredients, yet is a perfect way to enjoy a fresh catch after a day on the beach. This recipe is courtesy of the Gullah Heritage Tour and comes from the grandmother of tour owner Irvin Campbell.

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The Jazz Corner

The Jazz Corner

Hilton Head Island may not be known for its bustling nightlife, as most residents and visitors lean toward a more relaxed pace that follows the schedule of the sun. There is one spot locals and visitors from all walks frequent for a lively evening of music, dining and dancing. Tucked away in the corner of a shopping center on the William Hilton Parkway, The Jazz Corner has been a hub of dining and entertainment since 1999, with both traveling and house musicians putting on shows seven nights a week.

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ZipLine Hilton Head | A Low Country High

ZipLine Hilton Head | A Low Country High

Hilton Head Island’s Broad Creek Marina is a hub of activity for anyone looking for a thrill. While there are plenty of water centric activities and excursions available, the fun starts on land with ZipLine Hilton Head and Aerial Adventure Hilton Head.

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Kayak Hilton Head with Water-Dog Outfitters

Kayak Hilton Head with Water-Dog Outfitters

On a Hilton Head Island vacation, there are many ways to enjoy the water. Splashing in the waves on the beach, taking a sunset cruise or climbing to the top of Harbourtown Lighthouse for the view of the ocean are all within easy reach on the island. One way that many visitors and locals love to experience the water is to get up close and paddle through the creeks and marshes in a kayak. With a guided kayak tour from Water-Dog Outfitters, visitors are rewarded with stunning scenery, wildlife in native habitats and interesting information about the history, plants and animals on the island.

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Hilton Head Island: Back to Nature

Hilton Head Island: Back to Nature

Hilton Head is known for more than 55 miles of bike- and pedestrian-friendly public paths throughout the island, and it’s certainly a treat to leave the car parked and enjoy the ocean breeze and shade from the palmetto trees while going from one vacation activity to the next.

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Hilton Head Island’s Gullah Heritage Tour

Hilton Head Island’s Gullah Heritage Tour

The Gullah Heritage Tour is owned by the Campbell family, and all tour guides are siblings who are descendants of former Gullah slaves that have been in Hilton Head since immediately after the Civil War. The Campbells have been giving Gullah tours for 18 years, and the information they provide goes far deeper than anything that can be read about in a history book or brochure.

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Coastal Discovery Museum

Coastal Discovery Museum

For a rare look at life on Hilton Head Island before developers of hotels, gated communities and golf courses, the Coastal Discovery Museum located on the historic Honey Horn land is a perfect introduction to many aspects of the island. From its history and many changes over the years to the plants and wildlife that thrive on the island and the artists who depict both aspects, this is an informative and interactive way to experience Hilton Head Island.

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