The March 2024 cover of Texas Highways Magazine

March 2024

Vol. 71, No. 2

Like a Local

Experience Harlingen in the Rio Grande Valley Like a Local

Artist Connie Lovell turns beach trash into environmental conversation starters

By Cynthia J. Drake


Exploring the Sky Islands of the Trans-Pecos

High up on the Chisos, Davis, and Guadalupe mountains rarified ecosystems abound

By W.K. Stratton


A Tour Through Texas’ Doughnut Capital

When it comes to these fried pastries, Dallas-Fort Worth reigns supreme

By Ramona Reeves


A Weekend Getaway in Port Isabel Brims with Seaside Treasures

Located across the bay from South Padre Island, this sleepy port town is full of hidden gems

By Cat Cardenas


The Splendor of Texas Wildflowers on Full Display

Photographer Theresa DiMenno showcases some of her favorite wildflower scenes from the Hill Country to East Texas


Where to Stay Among the Texas Wildflowers

Enjoy spring’s spectacle by waking up among colorful blooms at these cozy retreats

By June Naylor


Preserving Texas German in Its Final Days

UT Austin researchers seek to preserve the regional dialect, which once was an integral part of Central Texas

By Matt Joyce


The Daytripper Gets Rejuvenated in Mineral Wells

Located an hour west of Fort Worth, the rural town’s economy is still underpinned by its rich natural resources

By Chet Garner

Speaking of Texas

Author Tim O’Brien On His Great American Road Trip Novel

The National Book Award winner returns with his first novel in 20 years, American Fantastica

By S. Kirk Walsh


Shorty’s in Port Aransas Is a Blast From the Past

Despite its recent move, this longtime coastal dive harbors the same community magic

By John O. Lumpkin

Open Road

Whataburger Is More Than Comfort Food

After a tragic loss, a Whataburger regular finds consolation in the beloved restaurant's combo meals

By ire'ne lara silva


Preserving Texas' History Through Its Native Flowers

Flowers hold key insights into the ecology of Texas. Researchers at the state’s herbaria preserve them for future generations.

By Matt Joyce


Frolicking Among the Bluebonnets at Fort Parker State Park

An image from the Texas Highways archives captures an idyllic scene at the Hill Country park


Catch a Wave in Port Aransas

Surfers of all levels flock to Horace Caldwell Pier in the spring


What Texas Wildflower Are You Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

We pair your astrological sign with its spiritual equal blooming across the state

By Dina Gachman


Your Guide to Maximizing Texas Wildflower Season

Texas'native flowers are sprouting in fields and on roadsides. Here are tips for how to enjoy them this spring

By Dina Gachman

Editor's Note

The Primrose Path

Fifty years ago, Texas wildflowers first graced our cover. We're proud to continue that tradition today

By Emily Roberts Stone

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