Venture outside the norm in Phoenix


Molly W. - Virginia Trip Ideas for RCI Subscribing MembersPhoenix was once a small Indian village located along the Salt River and today it is a bustling city.  The city fills during the winter months as people flock to the warm climate and escape the cold (Phoenix has about 300 days a year with sunshine!). If you are looking for a vacation that incorporates both urban and natural environments, this is the place for you.  Phoenix offers everything you could want in a city adventure.  And the surrounding desert provides a place to escape from the big city.

A drive to South Mountain Park on the southern outskirts of Phoenix is a must see.  You can drive to the top and see the entire valley below.  It is an amazing place to go at night to view the city lights from above.

Just east of the city, Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine and its legend of gold in the Superstition Mountains offers an adventure for you and your family.  Travel to Tortilla Flats and sit at the old western style bar, grab some postcards or take some pictures as you travel up the canyon.  If you go further on this dirt path you will see a spectacular mountain lake.  It is an amazing sight to see the lake surrounded by desert.

And if you grow tired of the Phoenix area (which I don’t think could ever happen!), Tucson and Sedona are both a drive away and have many places themselves to explore.

Come back to the RCI Blog this week to see photos and read stories from RCI subscribing members who have traveled to Phoenix. Do you have any tips about where to go and what to do when visiting Phoenix? If so, share your thoughts here.

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Fall in Love with Fall


Molly W. - Virginia Trip Ideas for RCI Subscribing MembersDuring the hot summer months, I often find myself daydreaming about the crisp cool days of fall. This is a time when the landscape comes alive…the trees display their finest oranges, reds and yellows. And these are the days that I love to fill with hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.

 

Fall has always been a favorite season of mine to get out and enjoy. I remember as a child traveling from my home in Charlotte to the North Carolina Mountains in the fall. We would drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the beautiful colors.

 

I now have my own children and we have spent many fall seasons exploring the Midwest, where we used to call home. I have fond memories of corn fields bordered by beautiful trees, bursting of yellows and reds.  Last year, we were relocated to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and we are looking forward to another amazing autumn season here in the mountains. There are so many places to enjoy the spectacular display that nature presents each year.

 

This week on the RCI Blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have taken autumn adventures of their own. Be sure to come back to check out where they visited and what they did!

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There is so Much to Love in Virginia


Molly W. - Virginia Trip Ideas for RCI Subscribing MembersVirginia is for Lovers.  Whether it is spending time doing the things you love or quality time with those you love, you are sure to create lasting memories here.

When taking a new role with RCI recently, I relocated my family to the beautiful mountains of Virginia.  As lovers of adventure and spending time together as a family, we quickly learned this was the right place for us.

My husband is a big history buff and he would recommend checking out the civil battlefields – his favorite is the Manassas National Battlefield Park.  Another place he suggests seeing is Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters in Winchester. And if you’re looking for even more history-rich cities, be sure to visit Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello and Alexandria. Virginia has played a large role in this country’s history and takes great pride in sharing this with its visitors.

But there is even more to love.  As nature enthusiast, I highly recommend hiking in Shenandoah National Park and taking in the amazing views from Skyline Drive.  Be sure to explore one of the many caves throughout the western part of the state.  My favorite is Luray Caverns. My children recommend the Virginia Safari Park.  This is a great “drive-thru” zoo where you can spot zebras, llamas, camels and more.

To enjoy the local fare I suggest visiting one of the many local farmers markets, locally owned restaurants or one of the many wineries/breweries.  A great way to spend the day is taking in the countryside and some of the local wineries.

Whether you are a lover of history, adventure, nature, fun or just sitting back and relaxing, there is something for everyone in Virginia.

Do you have any suggestions of what to do for RCI subscribing members who are visiting Virginia in the future? If so, comment below and share a story of your own, or check back throughout the week to read stories and see photos from other subscribing members who shared their Virginia trips with us!
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