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Abandoned barn in a field near Amarillo

Amarillo is located in northwest Texas


35o 12' 23.69" N
101o 28' 17.63" W

Enjoying roadside attractions while traveling Route 66 is a time-honored tradition.

Flowers on South Padre Island

South Padres Island is in far south Texas

South Padre Island

26o 08' 43.42" N
97o 10' 12.29" W

Flowering railroad vine and morning clouds present a delightful display along sand dunes near Beach Access No. 3 on South Padre Island.

Ferns in Bastrop State Park

In September 2011, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history raged through the loblolly pines of Bastrop State Park. The deadly fire burned 32,000 acres in the area—including 96 percent of the 6,565-acre park.

A ladybug crawls on a bluebonnet.

At Texas Highways, we’ve learned a few things over the years about spring wildflowers in Texas: We have lots of them, many kinds, all over the place. We’ve learned this, too: Once Mother Nature shakes off winter’s chill, there’s no better way to celebrate the new season than with a wildflower-focused road trip. 

Lukas Nelson Illustration

Lukas Nelson comes by his success honestly; never mind that his father happens to be one of Texas’ most beloved musicians. The son of Willie Nelson and Annie D’Angelo, Lukas grew up just outside of Austin in Spicewood before moving to Maui, Hawaii, at age 10. He picked up the guitar at age 11, and by 13 was joining his father on stage for performances.

Illustrated map of Weatherford

For a small-town girl like me, big-city living can feel a bit stuffy. That’s why I call Weatherford home: It’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas-Fort Worth to evoke that small-town feel, yet close enough for the occasional “big city” dinner. 

Azaleas on the SFA campus

In early spring, Nacogdoches wears its azaleas like a princess wears her jewels: always and everywhere. It’s hard to find a corner of this small East Texas city not bedecked in plump, round blossoms of purple, pink, red, yellow, orange, and white.

Sleeping in a hammock outside.

The sky’s a bruised black and a north wind scatters leaves as I step inside the Kammok Gear Shop at the corner of E. 7th Street and Navasota in Austin. I’m a devoted hammock-camper, and I’m here to accessorize for the elements. 

The World's Largest Bowie Knife

The World’s Largest Bowie Knife stands on the main road to Bowie from US 287’s high-speed bypass. Dedicated in April 2016, the knife has helped keep the quiet Montague County town from being a blur for travelers in North Texas. The hamlet even earned a Guinness World Record certificate for the replica.

The Green Apple Art center stage

At first glance, the small town of Eden on the edge of West Texas may seem an unlikely spot for live music. With fewer than 3,000 residents, the town is far off the beaten path in Concho County, at least a few hours by car from any major metropolis. Yet nearly every month from late January through October, visitors flock here to watch acclaimed musicians play the stage of the Green Apple Art Center. 

The Wyler Aerial Tramway car over El Paso

On the western edge of Texas, you’ll find the only place in the state that provides a bird’s-eye view of 7,000 square miles spanning three states and two countries. 

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