As the end of 2023 approaches, it’s fitting we take stock of what readers enjoyed the most from Texas Highways this year. From daring adventures to explorations off the beaten path, these are the stories readers couldn’t get enough of.
By Bobby Alemán
On the Blanco River, a hiker takes a “water walk” to pay homage to an essential natural resource in short supply.
By Amanda Ogle
From the Rio Grande to the Panhandle, pictographs and petroglyphs from prehistoric artists are etched on remote cliffs and rock shelters, inside caves, and along rivers. Over time, some of this rock art has been lost to flooding, erosion, and vandalism. But various sites are open for visitors to see stories of the distant past.
By Ian Dille
Classic car aficionados converge at an expansive Panhandle junkyard—arguably the best collection of classic cars and car parts remaining in Texas—where each car harbors automotive history.
By Michael Corcoran
We reflect on albums from artists, like Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, who bucked Nashville’s music row and birthed a movement.
By Pam LeBlanc
How to get there, where to stay, what to bring, and everything else you need to know to enjoy the largest park in Texas.
By Meadow Chase
Car collector and Christmas lights aficionado Tony Gullo has called the community near Houston his hometown since 1968. He calls it “the greatest little small town in the United States.”
By Katie Gutierrez
More than just a tourist destination, San Solomon Springs has preserved communities in West Texas for centuries.
By Ian Dille
In the over-loved and under-protected Wimberley Valley, this spring seems destined to disappear. Since 2000, Jacob’s Well has ceased flowing four times, most recently in the oppressively hot summer of 2022. Advocates of the swimming hole are leading the fight to keep the freshwater flowing.
By Joe Nick Patoski
Set on the San Antonio River, where live oak, pecan, mesquite, and willow trees line the banks and create a shady, bucolic scene, Echo Bridge in San Antonio is the coolest music venue in Texas you’ve never heard of.
By Andrea Luttrell
About 50 miles south of downtown Dallas on Interstate 35—when the strip malls of the metroplex give way to cornfields—a strange tower stands sentry over an empty field.
By Kristen O’Brien
Former Luckenbach talent booker Abbey Road revamps Welcome General Store with live music and Louie Mueller Barbecue.