My Favorite Texas Trip

The staff at Texas Highways found ourselves reminiscing about our favorite Texas travels. In an effort to bask in the warm glow of wanderlust and plan for the future, we’re introducing a new series, “My Favorite Texas Trip.” In this collection, Texas Highways editors, contributors, and readers share the excursions around the Lone Star State that most affected them.

Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
Ranch Road 2810 leads away from Marfa. Photo by J. Griffis Smith

Witnessing the Mysterious Marfa Lights

Judith Fein

A New Mexico writer visits West Texas and encounters a local legend

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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
Now entering solitude. Courtesy Triangle Realty

A Retreat at St. Benedict Monastery

Ramona Reeves

An introvert learns how to hog the road at a hermitage on the Panhandle plains
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
The HEB at Hancock Center. Photo by Sabrina LeBoeuf

Through the Aisles of H-E-B

Sabrina LeBoeuf

For one UT-Austin student, grocery shopping is more than just an errand—it’s an adventure
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
The author's friends Katie and Chris look down from a bluff in Lost Maples State Natural Area

Nature’s Gifts in Lost Maples State Natural Area

Tyson Bird

A native Idahoan discovers the rural Hill Country has plenty of opportunities for seeing the beauty of fall leaves
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
Seven brightly lit bridges over U.S. 59 lead to present-day Montrose. Photo by Micahl Wyckoff

15 Miles to Montrose

Dina Gachman

An escape from the Houston suburbs to this once-bohemian oasis in the city was just the ticket for this high schooler
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
The author jumps into her grandmother’s pool.

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Amanda Ogle

One writer’s treasured childhood memories include trekking from North Texas to South Texas for summer fun
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
Ten spray-painted vintage Cadillacs, buried nose-down in the dirt, make up Amarillo’s irreverent Cadillac Ranch.

An Englishman Goes Honky-Tonking in Amarillo

Bertie Adam

An Englishman’s road trip across America introduces him to square-dancing and Cadillac Ranch in the Texas Panhandle
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
LeBlanc's truck got stuck in the mud at Sargent after a rainy night.

Conquering Challenges on a Texas Gulf Coast Journey

Pam LeBlanc

While driving the Texas coast to follow a group of kayakers, Pam LeBlanc encountered sweet small towns and the occasional disruption, including thick mud and a flat tire.
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
Ciara and her friend Meg on the South Rim Trail of Big Bend National Park.

To Marfa and Big Bend with Low Expectations

Ciara O’Rourke

A trip to West Texas brings healing and adventure.
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
The writer's friends, Justin Dubin and Lexi Bohigian, at the top of Guadalupe Peak. Photo by Jacob Lehenbauer

A Very Texan Proposal on the State’s Highest Peak

Natalie Moore

One of our staffers tries to complete the strenuous hike up to Guadalupe Peak to witness her best friend’s proposal.
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Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina.
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina. Photo by Clayton Maxwell

On a Fayette County Prairie, a Saint for These Times

Clayton Maxwell

Writer Clayton Maxwell finds comfort in a Texas-Czech painted church and the history of Saint Roch, protector against disease.
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A woman holds a baby near the Frio River of Texas
Ingrid, Malcom, and baby Harriet on the Frio River in summer 2005.

The Time I Got Pulled Over at Gunpoint on I-10 Outside of Sealy

John Nova Lomax

After a relaxing week on the Frio River, writer John Nova Lomax recounts, a little joke spiraled wildly out of control.
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Linden Music City Texas Mural
The Music City Texas mural in Attaway Park in Linden. Photo and story submitted by Carri E. Case.

Reader submission

The Eagles and East Texas

Carrie Case

One reader heads to Don Henley’s hometown of Linden and makes friends with the locals.
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A sign welcoming visitors to the small Texas Panhandle town of Shamrock.
A sign welcoming visitors to the small Panhandle town. Photo by Julia Jones

Growing a Beard for St. Patrick’s Day in Shamrock

Julia Jones

Texas Highways’ assistant editor, fueled by a cult classic documentary, heads to the Panhandle.
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A man holds a Texas flag at the top of Guadalupe Peak in West Texas
The top of Guadalupe Peak. Photo and story submitted by Ricky de Leon.

Reader submission

Achieving A Peak Sunset in Far West Texas

Ricky de Leon

Two Air Force buddies’ bold dash up Guadalupe Peak creates lasting memories.
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Jeep tours are a popular thing to do in far West Texas. Photo by J. Griffis Smith.

Two Couples Blaze Through Big Bend Country

John Lumpkin

In the inaugural post of our new series, “My Favorite Texas Trip,” we’re hitting the many attractions in far West Texas.
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