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.

Chet’s 10 Favorite Daytripper Destinations

Chet’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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

The Daytripper Goes to Big Bend National Park

The Daytripper Goes to Big Bend National Park

It’s a near-mythical destination where distances stretch and time slows down, a place that can be as dry as a scorching desert or as wet as a raging river. Those who seek great adventures need look no farther than Big Bend National Park.

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