About Texas Highways

Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas.

The mission of Texas Highways is to encourage travel to and within Texas. As the authority on Texas travel since 1974, Texas Highways provides readers with a curated guide to the state’s cities, small towns, hidden gems, and natural wonders. Stories focus on Texas’ diverse cultural, historical, scenic, and recreational treasures accompanied by strong photography highlighting the state’s natural beauty. From the comfort of your living room or at the wheel of your car, Texas Highways is your trusted guide for travel in Texas.


Texas Highways was founded in 1953 when the Texas Highway Department (now the Texas Department of Transportation) changed the name of its employee publication from Maintenance and Construction Bulletin. The magazine originally carried articles about highway design, construction and maintenance. But in 1962, a young editor named Frank Lively began adding stories about historical events and places and other topics of general interest. On Lively’s recommendation, the magazine was converted to a travel publication offered to the general public in 1974, and one year later, Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe signed a resolution by the state Legislature naming Texas Highways the official travel magazine of Texas.


For customer service needs, contact 800-839-4997, (903-636-1123 outside the U.S.) or email [email protected].

Subscriptions to Texas Highways are $24.95 annually ($39.95 foreign).

Current and back issues available by calling 800-839-4997.

For letters to the editor, write to [email protected] or

Texas Highways
P.O. Box 141009
Austin, TX 78714-1009


Governor of Texas
Greg Abbott

Texas Transportation Commission
J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Chair Jeff Austin III, Commissioner Alvin New, Commissioner Laura Ryan, Commissioner

TxDOT Executive Director
Marc Williams

About the Mercantile

Formerly known as the Gift Shop, the Texas Highways Mercantile features True Texas products that celebrate exceptional creativity by highlighting Texas-based artisans and craftspeople. Most of our products are designed and manufactured in the Lone Star State – many of them by hand. We are proud to share what inspires our makers’ creative processes, their journey to small-business ownership, and their favorite places to travel in the state.

The Mercantile is also an official licensed seller for Don’t mess with Texas products.

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