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Written by Texas Highways

FC TXHWYS DEC14San Antonio is a great destination, but my favorite destination in this wonderful state is wherever I am at the moment! Some places may be better than others, but here in Texas, nothing disappoints.

 —THOMAS H. BAILEY, HOUSTON

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Gathered with a dozen or so fellow diners around a wood-fired pizza oven beneath a grove of oak trees in the rolling hills near Palestine, I take a bite of perfect Neapolitan pizza and am transported to Southern Italy. Thanks to the high heat of the oven, the crust is crisp yet airy, the fresh mozzarella bubbly, and the tomato sauce rich and practically caramelized.

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Curved tusks jut out of red sandy soil. Massive bones scatter around them in the prehistoric burial ground. These are the remains of Columbian mammoths, a rare “nursery herd” of mother mammoths and their offspring that lived about 65,000 years ago near what is now Waco.

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It’s hard to imagine two people in the whole state who have more fun in their work than Julie and Bruce Lee Webb of Waxahachie. That sense of fun is apparent even before you enter their art gallery in a 1902 building just off the town square.

StaycationI like to believe that my mother invented the staycation. With a twist.

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More than any other Texas city, Houston is defined by its neighborhoods, helping to break this giant bayou buffet up into bite-size (and day trip-size) chunks. From exotic to artsy and international to folksy, a trip to Houston can be anything you want it to be, including daytripper-ific!

g smallThe Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014).

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The golden treasures of Peru’s pre-Inca heritage take center stage at the Irving Arts Center through December.

Michael Martin Murphey (photo courtesy Joe Owenby)

For 80 years straight, the residents of Jones County have been kicking up their heels in holiday celebration at the Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball in Anson (December 18-20).

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See the holidays from a pioneer perspective at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site’s Christmas on the Brazos celebration December 13.

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Outdoor ice skating in Galveston? You got it. The skating rink is just the tip of the iceberg at the 13th annual Moody Gardens Festival of Lights.

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