Nature and Tranquility Await at Three Parks on the Edge of East Texas

June 20, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

A sandy trail leads me through the forest to a bog spanned by a suspension bridge that sways as I cross.

My Hometown: A Historian Works to Preserve Black History in Palestine, Texas

December 24, 2020 | By Regina L. Burns

Editor’s Note: Travel Concerns From Our Black Readers

July 30, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone  

15 Small Texas Towns to Visit Now

July 31, 2019 | By

There was a time when most Texans lived over yonder. But over the past century, the percentage of Texans living in rural areas versus urban areas flipped: Today, 85 percent of us live in cities, while only 15 percent live in the country, according to the Texas Demographic Center.

Tour the World in Texas

July 24, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

Texas is perhaps the most self-contained state in the union, with the mindset of an island continent: Anything you need, you can get right here. That includes the itinerary of a world traveler. To visit Paris, London, Palestine, Athens, and Dublin, your gas card is the only passport needed. Borders crossed: zero.

Hitch a Ride on the Texas State Railroad from Rusk To Palestine

June 13, 2019 | By

Join Amberly, Rich, and Luke as they head to the Piney Woods of East Texas in the June edition of “A Piece of Texas”.

These 5 Hotels Will Transport You Back to Texas’ Railroading Days

November 30, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

There was a time when going home for the holidays meant taking the train. Whether boarding a steam locomotive or the electric interurban, passengers who could afford a ticket enjoyed unheard-of advantages in speed and comfort over horse-drawn coaches and the earliest automobiles.

Defying the Punchlines, Texas Fruitcakes Attract Loyal Fans and New Customers

November 29, 2018 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Texans didn’t invent the fruitcake, but in our state’s tradition of braggadocio, we made it better (and bigger, in some cases).
A holiday delicacy with a sometimes stodgy reputation—thanks in part to Johnny Carson’s long-running gags in the 1970s and ’80s—fruitcakes were imported to Texas in the 1800s by German immigrants who packed their original family recipes and brought them to their new home. Though the recipes stayed basically the same, the fruitcake benefited from one crucial Lone Star ingredient: fresh pecans.

The Daytripper Finds Spacecraft, Hidden Waterfalls, and Delicious Grub in Palestine

February 13, 2018 | By Chet Garner

If you arrange to travel to “Pal-e-styne,” you’ll end up in the Middle East. However, if you set your course to “Pal-e-steen,” you’ll end up somewhere very different—in the middle of East Texas.

Meringue and Memories

February 9, 2017 | By Dana Goolsby

There is a sweet spot in East Texas where mile-high meringue and heritage are folded into the ultimate dessert experience.

Palestine’s New Bloom

February 12, 2015 | By Jennifer Babisak

My mom has always loved dogwoods, those graceful understory trees common in East Texas, whose blossoms remind me of ethereal confetti.

Texas Top 40, No. 14, Palestine

June 9, 2014 | By

Shaped by agriculture, steamboating, the discovery of oil, and the railroad, the city of Palestine today harbors a wealth of attractions and activities.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

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