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Searching for Home at Lubbock’s Joyland Amusement Park

October 24, 2023 | By LaToya Watkins

A Guide to the Upcoming Eclipses in Texas

September 27, 2023 | By Layne Van Vranken

Roadside Oddities: Texas’ Weird and Wild Attractions

September 19, 2023 | By

Travel Back in Time With a Weekend Getaway in Salado

May 30, 2023 | By Dina Gachman

A Pampa Native Seeks Clarity in the Texas Panhandle

May 30, 2023 | By Bill Cotter

Texas Lighthouses Illuminate Maritime History Along the Coast

May 30, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

Welcome to Texas’ RV Parks, Where Summer Never Ends

May 30, 2023 | By Sarah Hepola

Find Your Next Summer Getaway

May 30, 2023 | By

Find Adventure in Texas’ Lesser-Known State Parks

May 2, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

Driftwood Offers World-Class Barbecue and Classic Boot Scootin’

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.

A Family’s Ties Traverse the Many Miles of Texas

February 28, 2023 | By Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Your 2023 Texas Travel Bucket List

December 29, 2022 | By

There’s Never Been A Better Time to Visit Fort Worth

September 29, 2022 | By Sarah Hepola

Cemetery Strolls Offer an Opportunity to Meditate on Life’s Big Questions

September 29, 2022 | By Michael J. Mooney

Texas Small Towns to Visit Now (From 2022)

July 28, 2022 | By

10 Hidden and Iconic Hill Country Destinations You’ll Want to Visit

April 28, 2022 | By

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center Helps Birds of Prey Find Their Way

January 27, 2022 | By Dina Gachman

You Can Thank This Texas Company for Red Velvet Cake

January 27, 2022 | By Heather Brand

Hop In and Travel With the Texas Country Reporter

December 23, 2021 | By Michael J. Mooney

Your 2022 Texas Travel Bucket List

December 23, 2021 | By

Editor’s Note: Back on Trek

December 23, 2021 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Our writers-at-large have clocked countless hours and hundreds of thousands of miles exploring Texas in their more than 85 collective years writing about the state.

The Texas Travel Industry Is Making A Comeback

October 28, 2021 | By Michael Hardy

“Dirtbagging” the Public Lands of Texas

August 6, 2021 | By Brandon Weaver

10 Small Texas Towns to Visit Now

July 29, 2021 | By

From Bastrop to Port Isabel, these hamlets with fewer than 20,000 residents offer larger-than-expected fun …

A Day in the Life of a Texas Truck Driver

July 29, 2021 | By Lisa Bubert

Galveston’s Resilient Spirit Sparks Another Renaissance

May 27, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax

Restoring Galveston, new restaurants and shops lure tourists to the island once again

Announcing the 2021 Texas State Travel Guide

May 10, 2021 | By TH Staff

From the remote mountains of Big Bend to the dense forests of the Piney Woods, and the warm waters of the Gulf Coast to the refreshing rivers of the Hill Country, Texas boasts an enticing array of landscapes to explore.

From Horses to Model Ts To Pick-up Trucks, The History of Texas Transportation

April 29, 2021 | By John Lumpkin

24 Hours in the Life of Buc-ee’s, Texas’ Beloved Gas Station

April 29, 2021 | By Michael J. Mooney

Texas Vintage RV Enthusiasts Follow a Long Line of Inventive Campers

April 29, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

Expert Tips for Camping With Your Family, Backpack, or RV in Texas

February 25, 2021 | By

The first time I seriously considered buying an RV was in the aftermath of a family tent camping trip to Kerrville-Schreiner Park …

3 Vintage Travel Guides That Ushered in Road Trip Culture

January 28, 2021 | By

Before GPS, publications like the ‘Blue Book,’ ‘Green Book,’ and WPA’s American Guide series guided travelers through Texas

You Haven’t Driven in Texas Until You’ve Driven a Pickup Truck

January 28, 2021 | By Sarah Hepola

Spontaneity Often Makes for the Best Texas Trips

December 24, 2020 | By Michael Corcoran, Pam LeBlanc, Sabrina LeBoeuf, Julia Jones

Reflections on How Texas Travel Can Change Our Minds

December 24, 2020 | By

What a Childhood on the Road Taught a Daughter of Migrant Truck Drivers

August 27, 2020 | By ire’ne lara silva

My Favorite Texas Trip: Nature’s Gifts in Lost Maples State Natural Area

August 5, 2020 | By Tyson Bird

There were a few things I expected to give up when I moved from chilly Idaho to sunny Texas: excellent hiking, fun state parks, and abundant fall colors.

Editor’s Note: Travel Concerns From Our Black Readers

July 30, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone  

Editor’s Note: The Places in Texas We’re Most Looking Forward to Visiting

June 25, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone

After nearly three months cooped up at home without traveling much farther than our local grocery stores, our staff is looking forward to future trips to some of our favorite Texas spots as well as exploring new ones.

Artist Mark Dion Travels and Discovers Texas in a New Documentary on Amazon Prime

May 27, 2020 | By June Naylor

When the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily closed the doors of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, it also prematurely shuttered the museum’s new exhibit, The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion. Luckily, a documentary of the same name about the creation of the exhibit is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

How My Friends and I Travel From Home During COVID-19

April 15, 2020 | By Ciara O’Rourke

Summer for Procrastinators: Surfside Beach

July 11, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

The village of Surfside Beach attracts fewer tourists, so those that do find their way there can focus on enjoying the beach.

Summer for Procrastinators: Lost Maples State Natural Area

June 27, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

Lost Maples is most often touted as a destination for viewing fall foliage, but the shade from the trees make the park a cooler and more comfortable hiking destination in the summer.

History, Hushpuppies, and Seared Salmon at Salado’s Stagecoach Inn

June 27, 2018 | By June Naylor

 

Salado’s Stagecoach Inn, founded in 1861, was one of the state’s oldest continually operating hotels until it closed for restoration in 2015, although it may be known best for the hushpuppies served at the inn’s restaurant.

Order Your Free Copy of the 2018 Texas State Travel Guide

May 7, 2018 | By

Whether you enjoy communing with nature in a state park or perusing cultural artifacts in a museum, the 2018 State Travel Guide can help you plan a top-notch Texas trip. Order a free copy of the guide today to get ideas on how and where to experience our beautiful Lone Star State and have the best summer ever.

A Visit to Marfa Brings Stylish, Otherworldly Experiences in the Tumbleweeds of West Texas

April 25, 2018 | By Michael Corcoran

That’s what attracted renowned Manhattan artist Donald Judd to Marfa in the ’70s. His large-scale installations, which meld sculpture and nature on an old Army base renamed The Chinati Foundation, made this far West Texas town a destination for the international art crowd. But in recent years, “The Capital of Quirkiness” (as CBS’ 60 Minutes dubbed it in 2013) has broadened its appeal to “bucket list” millennials and tourists who might think Donald Judd was Wynonna’s pop. A fascination for Hollywood in recent years, Marfa also enjoys frequent coverage in The New York Times—which ran at least eight stories with a Marfa dateline in the past two years (including four in the paper’s fashion supplement). All this attention has helped convert this tiny town with its own NPR station into the San Francisco of the Texas desert.

In Downtown Marshall, Wednesday’s Are “Boogie Woogie” Nights

April 25, 2018 | By

Through the front window, the blond-brick Harrison County Courthouse sits atop a raised oval of lawn. To the north are the railroad tracks and the historic train station. It’s a regular evening in Marshall, but as I sip a glass of iced tea, the question in my mind seems outlandish.

In Texas City, Boyd’s One Stop Goes Bonkers for Crawfish

March 19, 2018 | By Susan L. Ebert

True to its name, Boyd’s One Stop sells just about anything you might need for a day of fishing and relaxing on the Texas City Dike, a roughly 5-mile-long dike built in the early 1900s to protect the Texas City Channel from silting in and crosscurrents. You’ll find drinks, snacks, caps, sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlights, rain slickers, fishing rods, fillet knives, and spice blends.

They Had Us at Jalapeño-Infused Bacon

February 13, 2018 | By

Unlike its coastal cousins, the city of Pasadena to the immediate southeast of Houston is not usually considered a getaway destination. Thanks to its association with the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, Pasadena tends to conjure images of industrial refineries and roughnecks cutting loose on honky-tonk weekends, testing their mettle on a mechanical bull.

Stay at the same storied Fort Worth hotel as Bonnie and Clyde

January 15, 2018 | By John Lumpkin

More than a century’s worth of time travel awaits guests at the Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth, which opened in 1907 at the fabled junction of  Main Street and Exchange Avenue.

This One-Of-A-Kind Chocolate from Hico Is Sure to Please Your Texan Valentine

January 12, 2018 | By Cynthia J. Drake

I’m standing inside the Wiseman House chocolate-making studio in downtown Hico, and the chocolatey, slightly salty aroma reminds me of a mug of hot cocoa. A few blocks away, the Wiseman House retail shop sells chocolates and chocolate-themed gift items, but here is where the real chocolate magic takes place.

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

No Fast Food Here! 3 Mom-and-Pop Eateries on I-45

October 15, 2017 | By John Lumpkin

Driving the 240 miles of Interstate 45 between Dallas and Houston reveals gentle changes in elevation, pastures in the north, pine forests farther south, and a relief from big-city traffic.

Medina’s Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch

September 18, 2017 | By Bob McCullough

As a young city slicker, I eagerly anticipated summer visits with my grandmother and other kinfolk in their tiny, two-gas-station town southwest of Fort Worth.

Bunking Down at Big Bend Ranch State Park

September 18, 2017 | By Karen Hoffman Blizzard

Backcountry aficionados flock to the largest state park in Texas, Big Bend Ranch State Park, to explore its rugged 315,000 acres on horse, bike, or foot—usually in splendid isolation.

Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Capital – Tyler

August 9, 2017 | By Paul McDonnold

With a waggle of his pen, U.S. President John Tyler signed a bill to bring Texas into the United States in 1845.

The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in Lubbock

August 8, 2017 | By by Melissa Corbin

As a Tennessee native who married a Texan, I’ve long been fascinated with the difference between the two states’ geography and culture—especially when it comes to the romantic ideal of the cowboy in the Texas Panhandle.

Belton’s Gin at Nolan Creek serves comfort food with side of history

June 14, 2017 | By Paula Disbrowe

When the rumbling of your stomach becomes louder than the 18-wheelers roaring past, options for an interesting meal along the interstate are challenging at best.

Pho-nomenal

May 12, 2017 | By Mai Pham

About 10 miles north of the town of Palacios and Matagorda Bay, the scenery along Texas 35 begins to change.

Texas celebrates National Travel, Tourism Week 2017

May 5, 2017 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

To the traveler, Texas simply is a wonderfully diverse and beautiful playground – one of the most popular destinations in the nation.

10 Epic Summer Travel Adventures

April 19, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

Get even more summertime adventure ideas.

Hello summertime! We know it can get hot out there, but that’s no excuse to stay inside: Cool outdoor adventures in Texas abound.

Working Up an Appetite

April 17, 2017 | By Heather Brand

Texas has a score of rock-climbing gyms, but only one boasts an eatery that has earned kudos for its food on a national level.

Vision with Volume

February 7, 2017 | By Matt Joyce

You never know what you’ll find at South by Southwest, Austin’s annual summit of creative industries and popular culture.

The Art (and Fun) of Stacking Rocks

February 7, 2017 | By Beverly Burmeier

Michael Grab wades into the waist-high water of the Llano River in Central Texas, reaches down to the bottom, and fishes out a platter-size rock.

A World of Exploration

February 7, 2017 | By LaDawn Fletcher

Housed in a century-old building in downtown Tyler, Discovery Science Place stands out among the historic buildings surrounding it.

Eat to the Beat

December 16, 2016 | By Michael Corcoran

Music has drawn people to the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas since the 1920s, when Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and other country-blues guitar greats played for tips on street corners, and ebony divas Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, and Lillian Glinn sang in the clubs and theaters.

Fest of Texas’ Best

October 21, 2016 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

Fredericksburg can claim its delectable peaches and celebrate its status as the epicenter of Texas’ wine tourism.

Wheels and Meals

September 16, 2016 | By Celestina Blok

With 80-degree weather and a clear, sunny sky, it seems only appropriate to take my good friend’s head-turning, canary-yellow Jeep Wrangler—with its rugged 35-inch tires and lifted body—for a leisurely Sunday drive to the Vintage Grill & Car Museum, a restaurant in downtown Weatherford that doubles as an automobile exhibit.

Lockhart Turns the Key

August 1, 2016 | By Veronica Meewes

Like most Texans, my main experiences with Lockhart have always revolved around barbecue, whether that meant a birthday brisket throwdown at Kreuz Market or a pit stop for Smitty’s Market sausage on the way back from the beach.

The Ice Age

July 18, 2016 | By Veronica Meewes

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and the rows of picnic tables are quickly filling up outside at Houston’s West Alabama Ice House.

Green Living

June 20, 2016 | By Celestina Blok

Chef Robert Lyford exchanges text messages daily with farmers all over Texas.

Tubes O’ Fun

June 20, 2016 | By Heather Brand

When I first visited Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels as a teenager in the mid-1980s, the waterpark was just a few years old.

The Doctor Is In

May 11, 2016 | By Helen Anders

The door opens, and in strides a woman in dark blue scrubs. The doctor is in.

Eat Well, Laugh Often, Love Much

April 15, 2016 | By Christine Gardner

Italians have a saying, “Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto”—Eat well, laugh often, love much. This approach to life also sums up the 50-year history of Jimmy’s Food Store in east Dallas, where an extensive inventory of Italian foods and attentive customer service spearheaded by owners Mike and Paul DiCarlo make each customer feel like part of the family.

A Midtown Medley

March 21, 2016 | By Mai Pham

From the late ’70s through the late ’90s, Houston’s Midtown area—a pie-shaped region south of downtown loosely bordered by Interstate 45 and US 59—was largely known as a hub for Houston’s Vietnamese community.

Salud! to Tasty Adventures

February 11, 2016 | By Lori Moffatt

In a demonstration kitchen within shouting distance of Davy Crockett’s fiddle, a 650-pound purple amethyst, and circus memorabilia from the 1920s, San Antonio’s 90-year-old Witte Museum hosts a series of dinners complete with wine, beer, or cocktails from such spots as Comfort’s Bending Branch Winery and Stonewall’s Pedernales Cellars.

Elevating Abilene

January 12, 2016 | By June Naylor

The blackboards covering the walls of Abi-Haus, Abilene’s buzziest eating-drinking hotspot, serve as more than artful design elements, though they accomplish that function well.

Keeping Up with the Johnsons

January 4, 2016 | By Clayton Maxwell

Romanesco broccoli, I just learned, is the ultimate fractal vegetable. On a visit with my children to the new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, we gaze into a supersized glowing head of broccoli.

2015 Year in Review

December 30, 2015 | By

Oh, the places we have been! Texas Highways is so proud to represent the Lone Star State, and we love sharing the many ways there are to make your travels memorable.

Gap Time

December 15, 2015 | By June Naylor

Each visit to Buffalo Gap proves more rewarding than the last. This tiny burg (population about 460) sits in a woodsy hollow less than 10 miles south of Abilene, and reassures me that there are still places whose charm stems from old-fashioned simplicity.

National Parks, Refuges offer Fee-Free Days in 2016

December 10, 2015 | By

Free access to national treasures? Yes. The National Wildlife Refuge System and National Parks Service have allotted fee-free days in 2016 to further entice visitation.

Let them Eat Fruitcake …

October 13, 2015 | By Cheryl Van Tyl Jividen

My family’s love affair with the chewy and crunchy good taste of Collin Street Bakery’s DeLuxe Fruitcakes began years ago when we sent a cake by mail-order to my in-laws.

Where Ye Meets Y’all

October 1, 2015 | By

What if you could escape for a weekend not just to another place but another time?

State of Great

September 16, 2015 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

Fredericksburg can claim its delectable peaches and celebrate its status as the epicenter of Texas’ wine tourism.

Ghost Story

September 16, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

The once-bustling river port of Jefferson has been saluted for many things: the state’s first gas streetlights, one of the state’s first breweries and, my personal favorite, an abundance of ghosts.

Daytripper: Grapevine

July 8, 2015 | By

If you’ve ever visited Grapevine in December, then you know why it’s called the Christmas Capital of Texas.” However, year-round this North Texas town keeps a jolly spirit, even without the tinsel and tiny elves.

Sweet on Susie’s

June 8, 2015 | By Rachel Monroe

The first thing I notice when I walk in the door at Susie’s South 40 Confections is the unmistakably sweet scent of candy—the rich, buttery aroma of caramel; the sharp, earthy scent of chocolate.

The Spice of Life

May 13, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

Around lunchtime on Galveston Island, there are few places I’d rather be than bellied up to the long, communal table at Maceo’s Spice & Import Company, elbow-to-elbow with amiable strangers, waiting for my muffaletta sandwich to come out of the kitchen.

Counter Culture

April 13, 2015 | By Scott Jarrett

I’m standing with my wife and young son in front of Nostalgia Antiques/Soda Fountain in Bowie, a town some 47 miles west of Gainesville, when it hits me: Should we really take our eight-year-old into an antiques shop?

Hometown Roy

April 12, 2015 | By Rachel Monroe

It’s not likely that many people stumble on Wink. the tiny Permian Basin town (population 940) is indeed “the middle of nowhere, 500 miles from everywhere,” as Roy Orbison, Wink’s most famous son, once said.

A Texas Bucket List

April 12, 2015 | By Michelle Burgess

In a few weeks, I’ll become a first-time grandmother when my daughter gives birth to a son, who will go by the name of Bowen.

A Day at the Beach

April 12, 2015 | By Helen Anders

In a family-vacation photo taken in the early 1900s, a family of seven poses at the edge of the surf at South Padre Island.

One-Stop Chinatown

February 16, 2015 | By Mai Pham

It takes a sense of adventure, as well as an adventurous palate, to explore ethnic dining areas as vast and sprawling as Houston’s Chinatown.

Finding Fort Stockton

February 6, 2015 | By Dale Weisman

For decades, I’ve passed through Fort Stockton on countless road trips out west, stopping for gas and great Tex-Mex—and to pay homage to the town’s super-sized roadrunner mascot, Paisano Pete.

Wild West Wine Bar

January 16, 2015 | By

Imagine yourself in Fort Stockton’s adobe Grey Mule Saloon, around 1894. Sidle up to the bar and order a shot of whiskey, but keep an eye out for trouble while you imbibe. Cowboys, sodbusters, and hot-headed gunslingers—drinking, smoking, cussing, gambling, and spoiling for a fight—pack this Wild West saloon.

Marshall Sparkles

November 19, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

On the Northeast Texas town of Marshall—where I’m closer to the borders of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma than the state capital of Austin—strangers call me “darlin’” and “honey,” and sometimes even “sugar.” And I like it.

The Accidental Ornament

November 17, 2014 | By Sofia Sokolove

This December, when I string my lights and trim my tree and light my menorah, I have four new friends to help me ring in the holiday cheer.

The Drover’s Dream

November 17, 2014 | By Gene Fowler

They headed north from Cardwell Flats on April 1, 1866. Crockett Cardwell, who operated a trading post and stagecoach stop near present-day Cuero, had gathered some 1,800 rangy Texas Longhorns for trail boss Thornton Chisholm and a handful of cowboys to drive to a railhead at St.

Christmas Wild

November 15, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

More and more I try to travel during the Christmas season. Even if it’s just a daytrip, I like to blast away from the clatter and take a few deep breaths somewhere the trees don’t have lights on them.

It Started with Chips

October 14, 2014 | By Matt Joyce

The smell of corn chips permeated the Garcia household in the formative days of the family corn-chip business.

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