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Written by Lois Rodriguez

A ruby-throated hummingbird zips around a mangrove forest in the Yucatán at the southern tip of the Gulf of Mexico, tanking up on nectar and insects for its journey north. Suddenly, on a spring evening at dusk, it launches into the sky and flies over open seas with a mixed flock of vireos, warblers, and buntings. Riding tailwinds, they flap nonstop through the night and the next morning until they land, exhausted, on the Texas coast.

Austin is once again abuzz with an international audience quenching their thirst for music, movies and technology, but the badgeless have plenty of opportunities to be sated by free offerings surrounding the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. No Lady Gaga? No problem. There are plenty of ways to soak up SXSW energy.

Some may only know Amarillo as a Panhandle cowboy town, and there’s certainly truth to that reputation. However, those who venture into the High Plains to visit Texas’ northernmost big city will find much more than boots and bulls.

The Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a commemorative exhibition.

We used to call Port Aransas a sleepy fishing village.

Far enough from DFW to feel like small-town Texas but close enough to draw on the Metroplex’s economic vitality, Granbury offers a slate of enticing options for tourists.

It would be understandable for Texans to grow weary of their capital city’s popularity and outsized national reputation as a funky cultural mecca.

Sportfishing rules at Lake Fork. In fact, the reservoir—which lies on the Sabine River 70 miles east of Dallas—ranks among the country’s top trophy bass lakes.

Deviled eggs may be the perfect party food. Portable, protein-packed, inexpensive, pretty, and easy to make, these little nuggets of deliciousness can stand up to myriad flavor combinations, from basic (mayo, mustard, pickle relish) to exotic (cream, truffle oil, pink peppercorns).

The original Dallas series ended long before the Internet age, but today devotees have several online resources to feed their mania. Here are links and descriptions of some of the most popular sites.

The Farm-to-Market roads of Austin County offer beautiful scenic routes in the springtime.

Located along Old US 67, now Van Zandt Road near Glen Rose, this structure of rock, petrified wood, and multicolored brick is what remains of the abandoned “Outlaw Station,” a filling station and Prohibition-era speakeasy.

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