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The Daytripper Visits Big Spring’s Namesake Attraction

May 2, 2023 | By Chet Garner

Tracing the ancient roads established by the Comanche tribe led travelers to this West Texas town and its namesake spring.

The Daytripper Explores Nocona’s Leatherworking Roots

August 27, 2018 | By Chet Garner

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.

The Daytripper Ventures to the Wilder and Quieter North Padre Island

May 30, 2018 | By Chet Garner

Few know that the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world is just beyond Corpus Christi. And while its southern counterpart may get more attention, North Padre Island provides the perfect mix of fun and middle-of-nowhere abandon. I followed the sun in search of a little bit of both.

Here’s Why You’ll Go Nuts—like Our Daytripper—for San Saba

April 26, 2018 | By

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 Explores Caves, Drinks Local Brews, and Peruses the “Hauptstrasse” in Boerne

March 20, 2018 | By

The German heritage of the Hill Country is well-known when it comes to towns like Fredericksburg and New Braunfels. But sprinkled throughout the rolling hills are a number of smaller burgs that carry a similar and just-as-interesting cultural history. Take Boerne, northwest of San Antonio, for example, which makes for an excellent day trip destination. Just don’t pronounce it “Bo-Urn.”

Daytripper: Turkey

January 12, 2017 | By Chet Garner

Tucked away in the Texas Panhandle is a town that exists on its own time. It’s a place where bison herds still roam freely, ancient canyons feel untouched by human hands, and “urbanization” is just a fancy word in the dictionary with no application to real life.

Daytripper: Alpine

September 16, 2016 | By Chet Garner

While Texas may not have any alpine skiing or alpine snowshoeing, it has alpine trippin’, Texas-style.

Daytripper: Blanco

August 1, 2016 | By Chet Garner

The Texas Hill Country is full of small towns that motorists can either zoom through in five minutes or choose to explore all day.

Daytripper: Granbury

July 18, 2016 | By Hogaboom Road, Inc.

As summer nears its end, you may be searching for one last adventure, which is what I set out to find in the North Texas Hill Country.

Daytripper: Balmorhea

May 11, 2016 | By Chet Garner

Amid the prickly-pear cacti and rocky hills of West Texas lies a literal oasis in the desert.

Daytripper: Round Rock

April 15, 2016 | By Chet Garner

When visiting Texas’ capital city, some may be tempted to spend all of their time exploring within the confines of the famous Austin city limits.

Daytripper: Kingsville

February 10, 2016 | By Chet Garner

Typically, a kingdom can be measured in its vast stashes of gold and millions of faithful subjects.

Daytripper: Schulenburg

January 12, 2016 | By Chet Garner

In the 1800s, European settlers flocked to Texas, with many Germans and Czechs putting down roots in the vast expanse between Houston and San Antonio.

Daytripper: Lufkin

August 12, 2015 | By

Texas may be known as the land of wide-open skies and endless horizons, but not to those who travel east. Here, towering trees overtake sprawling prairies, and visitors spend much more time looking up rather than out.

Daytripper: Abilene

February 6, 2015 | By Chet Garner

North of the Hill Country, but south of the Panhandle; west of North Texas, but east of West Texas, is a region that can only be described as “Big Country.” It’s a land of rugged prairies and epic stories as legendary as Texas itself.

Daytripper: El Paso

November 17, 2014 | By

While the westernmost city in Texas may be outside the “day-trip zone” for many Texans, a trip to this border-bound metropolis is an experience as rewarding as Texas is wide.

Vitáme Vás to La Grange

December 29, 2012 | By Chet Garner

Contact the La Grange Chamber of Commerce at 800-524-7264;
While some may only know La Grange for its infamous “chicken ranch” or through the music of bearded rockers ZZ Top, in truth this Texas town has much more to offer.

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