November 21, 2023 | By Chet Garner
You’d be hard-pressed to find a city more steeped in our state’s lore than Nacogdoches, a sleepy college town of 32,000 nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas.
October 24, 2023 | By Chet Garner
The town of Liberty Hill, population 8,700, has embraced the Hill Country’s rapid growth without losing its down-home vibe.
August 22, 2023 | By Chet Garner
This East Texas hamlet of 905 residents is located on Interstate 45, almost exactly between Dallas and Houston, which led to the popular assumption that the town got its name due to its place between the two metropolitan giants.
July 25, 2023 | By Chet Garner
Two hours northwest of Austin, you’ll find a town that has served as a Texas crossroads since 1885.
June 27, 2023 | By Chet Garner
The city of Austin is a crossroads—a place where hippies and cowboys commingle, where blackland prairie meets limestone hills, and where the eastern and western halves of the state collide.
February 28, 2023 | By Chet Garner
If you’re traveling through the Hill Country just southwest of Austin, chances are you’ll drive right past this unincorporated town unless you’re really looking for it.
October 27, 2022 | By Chet Garner
Not every Texas town is full of obvious tourist destinations. Sometimes, you’ve got to flip a couple rocks to find the good spots hidden out of sight.
September 29, 2022 | By Chet Garner
The biggest challenge of visiting Dallas is that it’s big. There’s enough in this bustling metropolis to fill dozens of daytrips, so my advice is to pick a section and explore its many nooks and crannies.
August 25, 2022 | By Chet Garner
Keep your “wax” for your candles and surfboards; the name of this town 30 miles south of Dallas is pronounced “walks-a-hatch-ee.” Dubbed “Hachie” by locals, this 40,000-person town—nicknamed the Gingerbread City for its delicately designed gingerbread-style architecture—shows its sweetness at every restaurant and small business in town.
July 28, 2022 | By Chet Garner
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April 28, 2022 | By Chet Garner
At the crossroads where the Hill Country meets South Texas sits a charming town with a history deeper than its swimming holes.
January 27, 2022 | By Chet Garner
About 20 miles north of downtown Houston, Spring is a charming suburban area with a remarkable history and culture.
October 28, 2021 | By Chet Garner
Houston is known as the city that sent humans to the moon, but it should also be known as the place that brings the entire earth together.
September 23, 2021 | By Chet Garner
South Padre Island is famous for its beachside resorts and coastal tourist attractions, but the other end of the island offers a very different experience.
August 26, 2021 | By Chet Garner
Most travelers are familiar with the Hill Country located west of Austin, but many don’t know about the second, hidden hill country that lies west of Fort Worth.
July 29, 2021 | By Chet Garner
If you’re looking to simply kick back under an old oak tree while knocking back a cold one, then you need to join Waylon, Willie, and the boys in this Hill Country honky-tonk town 10 miles southeast of Fredericksburg.
June 24, 2021 | By Chet Garner
In the rolling hills and prairies between Austin and Houston, you’ll find the heart of Texas Czech country.
May 27, 2021 | By Chet Garner
There’s a part of Texas where the freshwater of the Sabine River mixes with the salt of the Gulf of Mexico.
April 29, 2021 | By
Brady, a small Hill Country town smack dab in the middle of the state, claims to be the genuine “Heart of Texas.” I can believe it; Brady is exactly what you’d want our collective heart to be—full of friendly folks, country music, piles of barbecue, and plenty of stars at night.
September 24, 2020 | By Chet Garner
June 25, 2020 | By Chet Garner
A trip to Glen Rose feels like a trip back in time—and not just because its historic square is reminiscent of the pioneer days of Texas.
April 28, 2019 | By Chet Garner
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.
March 19, 2019 | By Chet Garner
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.
March 13, 2019 | By TH Staff
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.
January 29, 2019 | By Chet Garner
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.
November 30, 2018 | By Chet Garner
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.
November 9, 2017 | By Chet Garner
Finding the boundary between Texas and Mexico isn’t as simple as locating the Rio Grande. As I discovered on my trip to Laredo, the border between these lands is more of a gradual blending, where the best parts of Texan and Mexican traditions mix and fill the area with history, food, and pride that’s truly unique.
November 14, 2016 | By Chet Garner
Twas the day trip before Christmas and all through the state, the towns were decked out, and Chet could not wait.” We always say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and the phrase definitely applies to the way we celebrate Christmas, especially in Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” Donning my best reindeer sweater and Santa hat, I pranced to the metroplex to catch the holiday spirit.