January/February 2024

Vol. 71, No. 1


Longtime North Texas Chain El Chico Serves Warm Memories

A writer returns to his beloved childhood restaurant, which has fed families across the state for over eight decades

By Eric Webb


Texas Treehouse Retreats Bring Guests Closer to Nature

Secluded treetop lodging experiences offer a place to rest your head in the clouds

By Sarah Thurmond

Like a Local

Experience Pottsboro in North Texas Like a Local

Volunteer library director Dianne Connery revitalized the Pottsboro community with technology and innovation

By Lisa Bubert


See Early 20th-Century Big Bend Through the Lens of Photographer W.D. Smithers

The late Texas photographer chronicled life along the West Texas border

By Matt Joyce


Chorizo de San Manuel Remains a True Taste of the Rio Grande Valley

This family-owned brand from South Texas can be found in restaurants and on grocery shelves from Hawaii to Maine

By Daynara Gutierrez


A Transformative Weekend Getaway in Historic Laredo

As the South Texas border town evolves, it's becoming much more than a historic gateway into Mexico

By Luis G. Rendon


Embracing the Wild Side Through Glamping

A writer with reservations about the outdoors explores a luxurious alternative to camping

By Jennifer Stewart

Speaking of Texas

Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico on the Joys of Tacos

The James Beard award winner and Austin-based chef is on a mission to spread taco culture

By S. Kirk Walsh

Drive | Atlas

The Total Solar Eclipse By the Numbers

The state has a front-row seat to the rare celestial occurrence this spring

By Asher Elbein


Galveston's Mardi Gras Celebration Is a Family Affair

A photographer captures the exuberance of the city's long-running festival

By Pooneh Ghana and Natalie Weiner


The Daytripper Goes Thrifting at the ‘World’s Largest Flea Market’ in Canton

Antiquers, junkers, and thrifters get their thrills in the small East Texas town

By Chet Garner


When Texas Highways Became the Official Travel Magazine of Texas

In 1975, the Texas Legislature signed the magazine's official designation

By Traces of Texas


The South Texas-Inspired Pizzas of Chef Janet Zapata

The Laredo chef and owner of 550 Pizzeria was recently named one of the World Pizza Champions

By Luis G. Rendon

Open Road

An Empty Nester Takes a Trip Back in Time

A father returns with his son to the fields of their dreams

By Antonio Ruiz-Camacho


Texas Towns Are Partying Through the Total Eclipse

Eclipse chasers across the state plan to celebrate the celestial event with out-of-this-world experiences

By Lori Rackl


Frozen in Time at the Great Trinity Forest

Not even a winter storm could keep photographer Sean Fitzgerald away from this forested urban park


Where to Stay in 2024

In a state with thousands of hotels, travelers can pick from a bounty of one-of-a-kind accommodations

By Clayton Maxwell

Editor's Note

50 Years on the Road

As a staff, we’re honored to shepherd the magazine through this milestone year

By Emily Roberts Stone
The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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