Best (& Sweetest) 12 Weeks of Summer Ever #11
11. Climb Fort Davis
The secret is out: Texas’ mountainous Big Bend country can offer a summertime respite from high temperatures elsewhere in the state. And the town of Fort Davis, which claims a higher elevation (5,050 feet above sea level) than any other Texas town, often enjoys night summertime temperatures that dip into the 50s and 60s.
With numerous restaurants and accommodations options (including hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and guest ranches), Fort Davis makes a convenient base for exploration of the entire region—from Alpine and Marfa all the way south to Big Bend National Park.
Of course, once you’re in Fort Davis, you may not want to leave: Hiking awaits at Davis Mountains State Park, world-class stargazing draws eyes to the skies at the McDonald Observatory, 19th-Century military history is on display at Fort Davis National Historic Site, and shops throughout the pedestrian-friendly downtown area offer souvenirs as varied as hand-embroidered linens and cement jackrabbit sculptures.
For a rewarding half-day adventure, drive the 75-mile Davis Mountains Scenic Loop, a stretch of Texas 118 and Texas 166 that affords terrific panoramas, including a view of Mount Livermore, the highest peak of the Davis Mountains range.
For more on Fort Davis, contact the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce, 800/524-3015; www.fortdavis.com.
From the May 2013 issue.