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The Daytripper’s Top 5 in the Davis Mountains

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in the Davis Mountains

When it’s time to ditch the phone, the Netflix queue, and civilization in general, then it’s time to head west to the Davis Mountains. One of Texas’ three sky islands, this majestic range rises from the desert floor, creating a postcard-worthy panorama in every direction. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Jacksonville

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Jacksonville

From the local Tomato Bowl football stadium to the countless painted concrete tomatoes that adorn businesses and parks all over town, Jacksonville is bursting with tomato pride. But what one might not expect is that a day trip here is as ripe and flavorful as the town’s signature crop. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Rockwall

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Rockwall

As the season winds down, you may feel like you’ve hit a wall on summertime travel. But maybe a “wall” is just what you need… a Rockwall. With its vast lake, tasty food, and even a Texas-size mystery, this Dallas suburb is one wall you won’t mind running into. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Port Aransas

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Port Aransas

When the Texas summer starts cooking, my favorite form of relief is to dive into the largest body of water I can find, which is often the Gulf of Mexico. This is where Port A comes in—with its near-endless beaches, historic appeal, and laid-back attitude. Port Aransas is one of my favorite places to hit the Texas coast, and with its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, it’s got more Texas grit and personality than ever. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Colorado Bend State Park

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Colorado Bend State Park

No need to travel “just around the bend” when the bend itself is the main attraction. From the tops of its panoramic vistas to the bottom of its darkened caves, Colorado Bend State Park offers more than 5,000 acres of pure Hill Country heaven to explore. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Belton

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Belton

When cruising I-35, far too many folks fly right past this historic Central Texas town. But with a scenic lake, iconic courthouse, and charm to spare, it won’t be long before this little burg follows in the footsteps of Waco and becomes a go-to destination. Here are my top picks to get you exploring. Read More »

Chet Garner’s 10 Favorite Daytripper Destinations

Chet Garner’s 10 Favorite Daytripper Destinations

With a daytrip to Sweetwater, the March 2019 issue marks Chet Garner’s 100th column in Texas Highways. Garner, who’s hosted his Lone Star Emmy Award-winning travel show The Daytripper on PBS since 2009, started writing for the magazine in 2010 after then-editor-in-chief Charles Lohrman offered him a gig. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Sweetwater

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Sweetwater

Texas is already known for being big. But in our beloved “Big Country,” things are taken to another level. When visiting Sweetwater, the history seems a little richer, the stories a little grander, and the snakes a little longer. If you find yourself in this Big Country town, don’t miss these spots. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Comstock

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Comstock

There are places in the far reaches of Texas where few dare to travel, which is exactly what attracted me to western Val Verde County. It’s a rugged land where the jackrabbits far outnumber the people. A place where the tales are tall, the canyons are deep, and the mysteries are even deeper. If you find yourself trippin’ to the edge of Texas, don’t miss these stops. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 on Route 66

The Daytripper’s Top 5 on Route 66

The top stops in Texas on the ‘Mother Road of America’ Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 Things to Do in Pflugerville

The Daytripper’s Top 5 Things to Do in Pflugerville

Known for being stuck between a rock and a weird place (Round Rock and Austin), Pflugerville may seem like just another suburb. But hidden among the urban sprawl is a small town full of budding entrepreneurs working to make this pfunnily named community a deluxe daytripper destination. Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 Things to Do in Bellville

The Daytripper’s Top 5 Things to Do in Bellville

There’s something special about small towns and the folks who live there. You can do things in the country that aren’t possible in the big city, like build castles, throw fireballs, and hang out in jail (on purpose). All of these things and more lured me to Bellville for a day trip unlike any other. Read More »

The Daytripper Visits the Antiquing Outpost of Round Top for Texas Antiques Week

The Daytripper Visits the Antiquing Outpost of Round Top for Texas Antiques Week

It may be one of the smallest incorporated towns in Texas (official population: 90), but don’t let that fool you—the little town of Round Top makes for some big trippin’. Visit during the biannual Texas Antiques Week and you’ll find thousands of “junkers” filling every available cow pasture with vintage collectibles. But even on a normal day, this hamlet has plenty of charm. Read More »

The Daytripper Explores Nocona’s Leatherworking Roots

The Daytripper Explores Nocona’s Leatherworking Roots

I don’t go trippin’ to North Texas as much as I’d like to, so in the hopes of finding a new adventure I hopped on the highway and drove as far north as it would take me (without landing in Oklahoma). And what I found was Nocona, a fascinating town with a storied leatherworking tradition. Read More »

Explore the Historic Town of Victoria with Daytripper Chet Garner

Explore the Historic Town of Victoria with Daytripper Chet Garner

Sitting in the middle of the Coastal Bend is a town that’s been around since before Texas was Texas. Visitors to Victoria, established in 1824, can explore the rich history of the town’s past mixed with new experiences that make it well worth the trip. Read More »

Here’s Why You’ll Go Nuts—like Our Daytripper—for San Saba

Here’s Why You’ll Go Nuts—like Our Daytripper—for San Saba

Nestled in the northern reaches of the Texas Hill Country is the laid-back town of San Saba, also known as the “Pecan Capital of the World.” Read More »

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