Photo by Michael Amador

With its relaxed charm, Rockport tends to wow first-time visitors with the feeling they’ve stumbled upon a hidden gem on Texas’ coast. But it’s hard to make the argument that Rockport is any kind of secret considering its recent No. 2 ranking on the USA Today Readers’ Choice list of “Best Coastal Small Towns.”

A panel of travel experts nominated 20 towns for the list; then the newspaper ranked the top 10 based on on a vote among readers nationwide.

If you’re headed to Rockport this summer, check out Texas Highways coverage for tips and information, including a Destination Guide, a report on the town’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, and a feature about birding, dining, and sightseeing on Copano Bay.

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