We scoured the pages of Texas Highways to find the stories of 2019 that most tugged at our hearts, left us speechless, and fired our desire to hit the road.

A New Texan Finds Beauty and Solitude Amongst the Living and the Dead in Terlingua

By Edward Carey

Edward Carey travels to Terlingua for the first time and tells the story of this mysterious, lively ghost town through his words and signature illustrations.

A Travel-Loving Parent Shares Her Road Trip Wisdom with Her Teenage Daughter

By Clayton Maxwell

Writer Clayton Maxwell passes on travel wisdom to her teenage daughter

Willie Nelson Opens up About His Musical Family, His Love of Texas, and Why He’s Still on the Road to the Next Stage

By Turk Pipkin

At 85, country music legend Willie Nelson hasn’t slowed down much, playing for sold-out crowds 100 nights a year.

10 Classic Beach Eats of the Gulf Coast

By Texas Highways Contributors

From fried shrimp to shave ice, these 10 beach eats define the Texas Gulf Coast.

Seeking Solitude, an East Texas Native Discovers an Island of Indelible Characters

By Wes Ferguson

Seeking solitude and finding family on the Sabine River

On the Magic of a Hotel Bar

By Michael J. Mooney

At a hotel bar, you can be whoever you want to be

Dropping in at the Largest Public Skate Park in the Country

By Bret Anthony Johnston

Trial and redemption at the North Houston Skate Park

Against All Odds, Caddo Lake Prevails

By S.C. Gwynne

The mythical cypress swamp of East Texas astounds and bewilders visitors—a testament to the resilience of its natural riches.

Find the Stuff You Never Knew You Needed at First Monday Trade Days

By Sarah Hepola

Younger generations may trend toward asset-light lifestyles, but you’d never know when wandering the hundreds of acres of stuff for sale at First Monday Trade Days, the world’s largest public flea market.

The Stars at Night

By Rachel Monroe

In an era when most city kids have never seen the Milky Way, communities across Texas are fighting to protect their starry skies before the glow of civilization snuffs out the darkness.

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