Puerto-Vallarta

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Undiscovered Jewels of Puerto Vallarta

Slip away from the town’s main stretch to find secluded beaches, waterfalls, wildlife and more.

BY JIMMY IM

Sprawling beaches. Cobblestoned streets. Vibrant art galleries. Hollywood history. Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, has tantalized vacationers with this winning formula since the area was spotlighted by the 1970s TV series The Love Boat. But beyond the area’s Old Town and sun-drenched Los Muertos beach, you’ll find unforgettable places that locals have long kept secret, and for good reason. Read on for our top picks.
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Atlantic City - Tracy Diary

If you like to gamble, love the beach and boardwalk, this is the place to go!

Atlantic City, New Jersey | March 2020

RCI Traveler KellyRCI® TRAVELER: Tracy

If you like to gamble, love the beach and boardwalk, this is the place to go!

Atlantic City, New Jersey | March 2020

RCI Traveler KellyRCI® TRAVELER: Tracy

Orlando Area Beyond the Theme Parks

Orlando, Florida | September, 2019

RCI Traveler JulietRCI® TRAVELER: JULIET

Orlando Area Beyond the Theme Parks

Orlando, Florida | September, 2019

RCI Traveler JulietRCI® TRAVELER: JULIET

The Iconic Las Vegas Strip has endless activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Las Vegas, Nevada | July 2019

RCI Traveler AdrienneRCI® TRAVELER: ADRIENNE

The Iconic Las Vegas Strip has endless activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Las Vegas, Nevada | July 2019

RCI Traveler AdrienneRCI® TRAVELER: ADRIENNE

Summertime in the heart of Shenandoah Valley.

Massanutten, Virginia | May 2019

RCI Traveler JulietRCI® TRAVELER: JULIET

Summertime in the heart of Shenandoah Valley.

Massanutten, Virginia | May 2019

RCI Traveler JulietRCI® TRAVELER: JULIET

Massanutten, Virginia is the perfect winter escape for families.

Massanutten, Virginia | February 2019

RCI Traveler KellyRCI® TRAVELER: KELLY

Massanutten, Virginia is the perfect winter escape for families.

Massanutten, Virginia | February 2019

RCI Traveler KellyRCI® TRAVELER: KELLY

Endless Entertainment Options and Beautiful Ozark Mountain Drives.

Branson, Missouri | October 2018

RCI Traveler KellyRCI® TRAVELER: KELLY

Endless Entertainment Options and Beautiful Ozark Mountain Drives.

Branson, Missouri | October 2018

RCI Traveler KellyRCI® TRAVELER: KELLY

There are few places in the world than can be labeled as “The Most Beautiful.”

Alberta, Canada | September 2018

RCI Traveler JulietRCI® TRAVELER: JULIET

There are few places in the world than can be labeled as “The Most Beautiful.”

Alberta, Canada | September 2018

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Caribbean

Punta Cana is an absolute must visit if you love sun, sand and relaxation.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | September 23, 2019

RCI Traveler AdrienneRCI® TRAVELER: ADRIENNE

Punta Cana is an absolute must visit if you love sun, sand and relaxation.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | September 2019

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Rest and Relaxation in Cabarete

Cabarete, Dominican Republic | May 17, 2019

RCI Traveler JulietRCI® TRAVELER: JULIET

Rest and Relaxation in Cabarete

Cabarete, Dominican Republic | May 17, 2019

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Meet the RCI® Travelers

Juliet

A New Jersey native, pizza lover, and adventure seeker! From swimming in Mexican cenotes to hiking the Alps in Switzerland, I am passionate about the great outdoors and everything nature has to offer.

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Kelly

A self-proclaimed foodie who loves experiencing new places through the local cuisine. I enjoy a wide range of activities including museum hopping, exploring new cities, and outdoor adventures!

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Adrienne

Animal lover, fitness fanatic, coffee enthusiast and avid photographer. I love traveling the world in pursuit of the best cup of cappuccino or glass of red wine, relaxing on beautiful beaches or going off the beaten path to find hidden gems in every locale.

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Day 4
We woke up early, made breakfast, and began our next hike of the day. The town of Banff is about 20 minutes north of Canmore and an easy drive. Johnston Canyon is a short ride from Banff and a nice hike through the canyon with some beautiful waterfalls. This photo is from the Lower Falls trail. It wasn’t as crowded here compared to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, but if you are visiting, definitely get there by 10am before it gets too crowded with people stopping to take photos since the trail is narrower in certain areas.
The town feels very European … buildings modeled after small villages with wooden accents that are only two or three stories high.
After spending the morning hiking, we headed to the town of Banff to explore. I loved how each street had one of these markers like Wolf Street. Banff is similar to Canmore, although more touristy. There are buses that will take you to different hiking spots, plus the famous Banff Gondola to see panoramic views of the surrounding mountains! The town feels very European in a sense that all of the shops have traditional wooden signs out front, potted flowers everywhere, and buildings modeled after small villages with wooden accents that are only two or three stories high.