Texas Highways magazine’s November issue, available on newsstands now, features its first redesign in four years. The second annual “Unplugged” issue debuts three new sections along with a refreshed look that highlights the magazine’s strong photography and adds more visual diversity.
“We had three main goals with the redesign: First we wanted to give our readers more of what we know they love—small towns, history-rich stories, and beautiful photography,” Executive Editor Emily Roberts Stone says. “We also wanted to make our content more useful for planning trips, and lastly, add greater depth to our long-form stories and a showcase for prominent Texas writers.”
The first new section, My Hometown, takes readers on a tour of a different small town each month led by a distinguished resident. In November’s issue, San Felipe Mayor Bobby Byars shares five reasons to visit the hub of Stephen F. Austin’s original colony. The new back page, Vintage, spotlights a historic photo and the story behind it. Open Road features the magazine’s first long-form essay section, debuting with award-winning author Sarah Bird, who revisits the place in Texas that inspired her latest novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen.
Throughout the publication, the new page structure incorporates maps, useful infographics, icons, and additional content to aid readers in planning their next Texas trips.
“Texas Highways gets a visual facelift with bold styling,” Creative Director Mark Mahorsky says. “We continue to showcase stunning visuals from the biggest and best-known photographers in Texas.”
Photographers featured in November’s issue include Kenny Braun, Erich Schlegel, Eric W. Pohl, and Darren Huski, whose moody photo of El Capitan in the Guadalupe Mountains graces the cover.
All of November’s stories focus on how to travel the state unplugged, from Contributing Editor Clayton Maxwell’s tech-free adventure in the Rio Grande Valley, to Managing Editor Wes Ferguson’s tour of six unlikely island escapes, to Senior Editor Matt Joyce’s quest to climb five West Texas peaks in a week.
“This is one of our staff’s favorite issues to put together because we get to inspire people to go off the grid and enjoy what makes travel great—experiencing something new and connecting with loved ones,” Stone says.