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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. 

The Plaza Hotel in Downtown El Paso.

It’s dusk on South El Paso Street, the buzzing thoroughfare that connects downtown El Paso to the Juárez bridge, and a man in a top hat and black coat strides down the sidewalk. Behind him trails a group of about 15 people, many of whom are also outfitted in Victorian garb.

Camino Real Hotel

San Jacinto Plaza, a historic park at the heart of downtown El Paso, is an ideal starting point for a tour of some of architect Henry Trost's most famous El Paso buildings.

Downtown Palestine Texas

If you arrange to travel to “Pal-e-styne,” you’ll end up in the Middle East. However, if you set your course to “Pal-e-steen,” you’ll end up somewhere very different—in the middle of East Texas. And while the latter may not sound as exotic, it doesn’t make it any less exciting. Between sci-fi-esque spacecraft, hidden waterfalls, and delicious grub, Palestine has just what you’re looking for.

Pine Street Cafe exterior

Unlike its coastal cousins, the city of Pasadena to the immediate southeast of Houston is not usually considered a getaway destination. Thanks to its association with the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, Pasadena tends to conjure images of industrial refineries and roughnecks cutting loose on honky-tonk weekends, testing their mettle on a mechanical bull.

Outside Sinclair

Chef Sonya Coté lives just minutes from her two Austin restaurants, Hillside Farmacy and Eden East. 

Guests take their order at The Garden Company

Taking a Much-needed respite from highway driving, I exit Interstate 10 in Schulenburg at US 77 and head south for several blocks in search of lunch. Here, at the corner of Kessler Avenue and College Street, a restored white farmhouse with the Garden Company Marketplace & Café logo emblazoned on its side attracts my attention.

Wildflowers in West Texas

With its sprawling size and diversity of landforms, Texas offers a treasure of spectacular wildflowers for residents and visitors alike. More than 5,000 species of flowering plants are native to Texas.

We've curated the best of our recent wildflower features to help you enjoy the best of Texas wildflower season.

A couple dances in front of the stage at Valentine's in Valentine.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we've got love on our brains.

Historical photo of oil derricks in the town of Ranger

Driving east on Interstate 20, I crest an incline in the rolling landscape between Abilene and Fort Worth. In the valley below, a brick smokestack cuts a dramatic profile against the surrounding hills. The tower rises from the horizon like a sentinel, watching over the site where the bustling town of Thurber stood at the turn of the 20th century.

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