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The Daytripper Stops and Smells the Roses in Tyler

The Daytripper Stops and Smells the Roses in Tyler

If you need a sweet-smelling escape, there is a place out east where ... Read More »

The Daytripper Travels Back to the Time of Dinosaurs in Glen Rose

The Daytripper Travels Back to the Time of Dinosaurs in Glen Rose

A trip to Glen Rose feels like a trip back in time—and not just because Read More »

The Daytripper: Port Isabel’s Lighthouse Is a Beacon for Travelers

The Daytripper: Port Isabel’s Lighthouse Is a Beacon for Travelers

Everyone who goes to South Padre Island passes through Port Isabel, but Read More »

The Daytripper Explores Frisco’s Many Fandoms

The Daytripper Explores Frisco’s Many Fandoms

No sport has more passionate fans than fútbol. And that includes ... Read More »

The Daytripper Strikes Black Gold in Midland

The Daytripper Strikes Black Gold in Midland

Over the years, the West Texas town of Midland has been called many ... Read More »

The Daytripper Goes Nuts for History in Seguin

The Daytripper Goes Nuts for History in Seguin

Just east of San Antonio sits one of Texas’ oldest towns, named after ... Read More »

The Daytripper Cracks Crockett

The Daytripper Cracks Crockett

Few Texas heroes are as revered as Davy Crockett, the ... Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Wichita Falls

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Wichita Falls

While most of Texas has a friendly-ish rivalry with Oklahoma, there’s a Read More »

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Odessa

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Odessa

Odessa isn’t just for wildcatters: This town on the West Texas plains ... Read More »

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 »

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