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Written by Lois Rodriguez

jrb rallyIn conjunction with the nation’s Travel and Tourism week (May 1-7), Texas also is celebrating its thriving travel and tourism industry, one of the strongest drivers of Texas' economy. Helping to highlight the diversity and beauty of the state are Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Travel Information Centers, two of which are planning special Travel Rally Day events.

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Wouldn’t you want to see these baseball legends up close, tugging their caps and digging in their cleats in the throwback uniforms of their eras?

sitzgerald 140419 8126Each year, the first full week of May – May 2-8, 2016 – is designated as National Wildflower Week, a time to celebrate the brightly colored blooms that brighten our landscapes. Celebrate them when you can – they come and go at different times – but this is the week we can all stop and smell the flowers together.

TTCC16Three travel industry professionals received prestigious awards during ceremonies at the 61th annual Texas Travel Counselors Conference held in San Marcos this week. The awards were given to these individuals for providing outstanding customer service and for exceptional contributions to TxDOT and the state’s $70.6 billion travel and tourism industry.

MT HomeHead5These days – like most days – we all could use a little laughter, so you can bet I’m going to get my fill as the comedy train comes through town this week via Austin’s Moontowner Comedy and Oddity Fest.

missionsanjoseloisrodriguezFiesta, San Antonio has gotten underway, but this year, there’s an added reason for the city to celebrate. Today is World Heritage Day and that now includes the San Antonio Missions, which were designated as a World Heritage site on July 5, 2015.

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My son has traveled with me since he was an infant, making his first journey at the age of six weeks, swaddled and tucked into the bow of a canoe as I paddled into an archipelago of islands in upstate New York. Journeys all over the world followed, but when we moved back to my hometown of Fort Worth, the majority of our travels became Texas road trips. We called them adventures.

Scene 8 13 Days aRemembering the Alamo is one thing, but a new San Antonio attraction promises visitors will get to better see what the 13-day battle was like.

FC TXHWYS APR162Interested in joining our Texas Highways team?


Though PoPo Restaurant is located just off the exit for Welfare, it’s actually on the edge of Boerne. But continue down the I-10 feeder as it curves to meet Waring Welfare Road, past the picturesque grazing longhorns of Don Strange Ranch, and you will arrive in Welfare, Texas.

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She’s been at the helm of the Great Texas Birding Classic for 18 of its 20 years, but the passion behind it all has not waned for Shelly Plante, Nature Tourism Manager for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. That’s why she was my go-to for a little basics on birding and some background on the Great Texas Birding Classic.

 MG 8887 2I was sitting in an Adirondack chair on the back porch of my rental cabin at Blanco Settlement, feet up on the rail, as a thunderous rainstorm pounded the tin roof and swelled the gray-green waters of the Blanco River, less than 60 feet below my vantage.

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