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  What do you do when the souvenir you want is illegal? That was the question I asked myself as…

Room to Breathe

The trouble with the traditional American school calendar is that it conditions you to believe that summers should be spent…

Texas Top 40 No. 13, Corpus Christi

Texas’ biggest beach city (pop. roughly 313,000) seasons its mix of beachcombing, wakeboarding, sailing, and other oceanfront fun with such…

Texas Top 40, No. 14, Palestine

Shaped by agriculture, steamboating, the discovery of oil, and the railroad, the city of Palestine today harbors a wealth of…

Texas Top 40 No. 15, Galveston

With its coastal setting and intriguing history, Galveston is a favorite among readers seeking a Texas beach escape.

Daytripper: San Marcos

Archeological evidence suggests that humans have inhabited the San Marcos area for 10,000 years or more. And to this day,…

Kemah's Beginnings

It's hard to imagine if you’re exploring the family-friendly playground of the Kemah Boardwalk or the quirky galleries of Kemah’s…

Take a plunge

Throughout my life, in every neighborhood, on every summer's vacation, road trip, or nature hike, there has been a memorable…

Texas Top 40 No. 16, Canyon

“I am loving the plains more than ever it seems—and the SKY— Anita, you’ve never seen SKY—it is wonderful.”

Texas Top 40 No. 17, McKinney

On the northern fringe of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, McKinney’s historic character and natural amenities draw both tourists and a…

Texas Top 40 No. 18, Abilene

Abilene won readers’ praise for its small-town feel, state park, zoo, shopping, history, and restaurants, which range from classic barbecue…

Texas Top 40 No. 19, Padre Island

The beaches of Padre Island are so inviting that inland lakes have been known to import loads of Padre sand…
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