Quirky H-Town

December 31, 2009 | By Carol Barrington

Houston always wows with its sleek skyline, world-class sports venues, myriad cultural options, and revitalized downtown—overall, a very “Now” showcase of energetic sophistication.

The Mother Lode

December 31, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

About 30 miles south of Waco, near the town of Moody, Mother Neff State Park spreads across 259 acres of limestone hills, Central Texas prairie, and riparian ecosystems—an idyllic setting for birdwatching, fishing, and events such as weddings and family reunions, but especially attractive to hikers.

Forbidden Gardens

December 31, 2009 | By Sheila Scarborough

To get a sense of the scope and grandeur of the 180-acre Forbidden City in Beijing or the 8,000-plus Terra Cotta Warriors standing ready in their burial pits in Xi’an, you can either spend a lot of time on an airplane—paying $6 for a bland ham sandwich and worrying about deep vein thrombosis—or you can drive to Katy and visit the 40-acre Forbidden Gardens.

Good Afternoon, Isabel

December 31, 2009 | By Helen Bryant

Uncovering Houston’s Chinatown

December 31, 2009 | By Jane Wu

If the essence of a culture can be discovered through its food, no ethnic cuisine fits this notion better than Chinese.

Wild Wild Life

December 31, 2009 | By John and Gloria Tveten

All in the Family

December 31, 2009 | By Martha Deeringer

Today’s Texas State Park system, which includes more than 90 state parks, historic sites, natural areas, and visitors centers from Abilene to Washington-on-the-Brazos, offers visitors myriad opportunities to commune with the outdoors and learn about the history of the state.

The World of Dorothy Huang

December 31, 2009 | By Jane Wu

“If you blink, you’ll miss it,” chides Dorothy Huang as she tosses cellophane noodles into a sizzling wok.

Twice as Nice!

December 31, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Long a fun, familiar gateway to the Lone Star State, Texarkana partners a fascinating history with multiple modern attractions to make a distinctive destination.

Grape Growers in the Texas Panhandle Combine Passion and Science

December 28, 2009 | By Melissa Gaskill

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