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Pigs on the Flatonia ranch

Texas and Spain have joined forces in an unexpected, four-legged way.

A couple sits along the Concho River

Cruising along US 277 south of San Angelo, the flat cotton fields of Tom Green County soon give way to brush country, where natural vegetation gets scrawnier and colors fade as the distance from surface water increases.

A room inside the Woodbine Hotel

Approaching Madisonville’s courthouse square, I’m not surprised that traffic ebbs to a crawl. After all, this East Texas town, population 4,636, loves to throw a party.

Inside The Hunt Store

The Hill Country town of Hunt is a place of convergence—where the north and south forks of the Guadalupe River merge, and where residents rub elbows with out-of-towners at a local establishment that has stood the test of time.

Lori Moffatt with Arkey Juenke

This issue marks the 44th anniversary of the travel magazine of Texas. It’s also the last issue for Senior Editor Lori Moffatt, who is retiring after an esteemed 27 years with the publication. As a staff, we’re going to miss her irreplaceable knowledge of Texas’ history and culture, insightful edits and sharp eye for details, but even more so the passion and vitality she’s brought to these pages and the office over the years. Before her departure, I asked her to share some of her insights with the readers she’s served so well for more than 300 issues. 

Sculpture at San Antonio Airport

Flying can be stressful—navigating a cavernous airport to squeeze into a cramped seat and sit closely confined with strangers in a long, winged tube that remains aloft for hours on end, well…“Flying is famously not an experience we look forward to,” notes Matt Evans of San Antonio International Airport. “But we’re working to reframe that narrative with art.”

Scuba diving at Athens Scuba Park

Some Texans aren’t content with a life well lived, they want hard evidence: the family vacation photos, a souvenir to stick on the shelf, their name in a register at the highest point in Texas. To help you achieve those goals, we’ve compiled a list of only-in-our-state pursuits you need to check off before another summer speeds by.

#TRUETXSUMMER CONTEST

Feeling inspired? Download the printable Summer Bucket List PDF checklist and hit the road.
Snap a picture at one of the spots on our checklist (be sure to include a handwritten sign with #TrueTXSummer in your photo!) and be the first to post it to the Texas HighwaysFacebook page to win a True Texan hat. 

All participants will receive a True Texan sticker while supplies last! 

Some of Texas’ greatest adventures require physical challenge (the world’s toughest canoe race) and some may require getting out of your comfort zone (goat yoga), while others are simply excuses to take advantage of all Texas has to offer (waterparks, museums, swimming holes, and old-fashioned Dr Pepper floats). This is a packed list—more than 100 ideas to fill the 93 days of summer—but the reward will be well worth the effort. Take note, then take off.

A cabin in front of the Davis Mountains

Waltz across Texas and you’ll find coastal marshes where alligators lurk, spring-fed pools in the middle of the desert, and green-blue creeks sandwiched between cypress-lined banks.

Volunteers talk at Habitable Spaces

Information on volunteering opportunities related to organizations mentioned in our April 2018 feature 4 Voluntourism Options in Texas to Combine Your Passions for Travel and Doing Good.

A mural painted to look like a window in San Marcos.

Riverside town. Campus community. Historic springs. Mermaids and music.

If you thought San Marcos, you thought correctly.

Salvation Army volunteer

Research shows that giving time to others can make you feel as if you actually have more time for yourself. Volunteering also reduces stress, improves health, and fosters personal satisfaction. Such benefits match up with many of the reasons that people travel. What if you could combine the two—volunteering and traveling?

An overlook at Independence Creek Preserve

Independence Creek Preserve is located in southwest Texas

 Independence Creek Preserve


30o 28' 28.86" N
101o 47' 137.30" W

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