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Written by Lois Rodriguez

If summer camp is in the cards for your youngsters, we think a getaway ought to be part of your plan, too. Find respite in a community near your child’s week-long (or more) adventure and create your own Camp Worryfree. As examples, here are a few summer camp/summer getaway pairing suggestions. No matter where you send your children, know there’s something nearby for you, too.

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Every year, from October through March—and sometimes into April— hundreds of endangered whooping cranes converge to winter on the Texas coast after flying more than 2,500 miles from their summer homes in Canada. Texas' Coastal Bend is the only place in the United States where you can see the whooping cranes at close range. The most fun time to see them is during Port Aransas' Whooping Crane Festival, set for February 23-26.

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In June Naylor’s story on roaming the Red River Valley, there’s plenty to do that works up a righteous appetite. Fortunately, there are plenty of good places to enjoy things to eat and drink in the little towns sitting alongside the roads winding through the region. Here’s a look at places worth a stop for refueling and catching local color.


Happy Lunar New Year! Festivals featuring lion and dragon dancers, firecrackers and great food mark the changeover from the Year of the Monkey to the Year of the Rooster. Here are a few celebrations happening across the state.

elpasoholocaustOne of the deepest scars in the history of humankind is the Holocaust. Friday, January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day that marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. It’s set aside, by the United Nations General Assembly, as a day to never forget the Nazi-era victims while sharing messages of tolerance, peace and hope for the future.

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On Feb. 5, the nation’s eyes will be locked on Houston and the gridiron victories and defeats of Super Bowl LI.

Boomtown6When the Lucas Gusher sprang forth oil at Spindletop on Jan. 10, 1901, the area exploded with opportunities. This Saturday, Jan. 7, that anniversary will be celebrated with a multitude of events at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum at Lamar University. Here’s what else there is to do in Beaumont.

Market Day on Jackson Street Harlingen TX V5A1275 PMDBrick-paved roads, family-run businesses, cozy eateries, and revitalized buildings are among the charming images that come to mind when picturing quintessential Texas main streets. Here, boutiques, gift shops, and antiques stores draw visitors from across the state and sometimes the globe, whether for a pair of custom snakeskin boots such as those found on Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth, or a piece of hand-blown glass art from Main Street in Salado.

cowboysMain Street. For many Texans, these words evoke memories of Saturday shopping trips, favorite lunch counters, and afternoon movies with friends. In the old days, every town had a main street or main drag, those few blocks where a town’s social, cultural, and economic threads wove together—the community’s heart and soul.

StoneEmily Roberts Stone, who most recently served as senior managing editor for the Houston Metro office of Community Impact Newspaper, joins the Texas Highways staff as its new editor.


The Christmas spirit isn’t found wrapped beautifully underneath a holiday tree. While those gifts definitely bring some happiness, the true joys come from time spent with loved ones and creating new memories.

Here are a few holiday experiences for you to enjoy.

nationalmuseum3Today on the 75th anniversary of the event, Fredericksburg's National Museum of the Pacific War remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor through “real-time” Twitter postings and a webinar, as well as, shared accounts at the museum.

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