A panoramic view of the canyons and greenery of Caprock Canyons
Caprock Canyons State Park, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo, has seen a steady stream of visitors throughout the year due to the ongoing pandemic.

With fall in full swing and temperatures finally lowering, it’s the perfect time to explore the bounty of landscapes we’re lucky to enjoy in Texas. While we’ve all had our share of disappointment over disrupted plans and vacations in 2020, spending time in nature has been a balm to our weary souls. It’s no surprise that Texans are opting to spend more time outdoors this year.

In complementary feature stories, writers Clayton Maxwell and Asher Elbein embark on journeys through Texas’ private and public lands, respectively, to highlight the diversity of outdoor options and the benefits of communing with nature. Both stories offer recommendations and tips for where and how to safely experience Texas’ natural treasures.

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This issue also includes a partnership with Stranger’s Guide, a quarterly magazine devoted to exploring destinations around the globe. Its special Texas edition is available at shop.strangersguide.com. For our joint feature story, writer-at-large Sarah Hepola visited Corsicana a half-dozen times over three months to deliver a nuanced portrait of the town that has captured the country’s imagination since Cheer debuted on Netflix in January. Sarah said she found herself charmed by the city she had previously bypassed on many road trips from her native Dallas. “The pandemic has made me more curious about the places nearby,” she says. “It’s one of the unexpected gifts of being forced to sit in place for so long. You start to really notice what’s around you.”

While the holiday season is certain to be different for many of us this year, I hope the slower pace offers surprising
rewards and deep breaths of fresh air.

Emily Roberts Stone
Editor in Chief

From the December 2020 issue

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