On the southern edge of Texas, along the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a town that defies the typical “Texas” stereotypes. And while South Padre Island may have a reputation as a party town, in truth it’s a laid-back island paradise, a place where you can escape the world—without ever leaving the Lone Star State.
To locals, the town of Dripping Springs is known only as “Drippin’.” But you don’t have to be a local to see the beauty that this proclaimed “Gateway to the Hill Country” offers.
How do you spend a single day exploring one of the largest cities in the United States? Simple, you pick one part and stick to it. I decided to spend my day exploring “Bay Area Houston,” part of the southeast Houston area nestled against the waters of Galveston Bay.
Take a drive deep into West Texas, through the Martian landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert, and you’ll arrive at an oasis—not of water, but of art. The town of Marfa may be in the middle of nowhere, but to the Texans who call it home, that’s exactly the point.
To many, the word “Dublin” conjures up images of green hills, lucky clovers, and jigging leprechauns in a faraway land. However, replace those with rolling pastures, prickly cacti, and jigging Daytrippers, and you have a Texas version of the Irish town that’s only a car ride away.
While folks in “Big D” have a reputation for living life in the fast lane, there are some around the Metroplex city of Denton who live life even faster. I headed to “little d” to explore this burgeoning utopia of art and live music, with a NASCAR side trip.
In Texas, our independent spirit runs deep, tracing its essence to the state’s original settlers and the days of the Texas Republic. To delve into the fearless roots of the Texas Revolution, I headed to the place where it all started—Gonzales.
While some may only know La Grange for its infamous “chicken ranch” or through the music of bearded rockers ZZ Top, in truth this Texas town has much more to offer. I headed to La Grange to “Czech” it all out.
For thousands, Killeen is a place you get stationed, not a place you vacation. However, those who visit will find a culinary and military escape that takes visitors back in history and around the world—all without leaving Central Texas.
Bastrop has always been one of my favorite day trips, and it’s one of the few places in Central Texas that reminds me of my Piney Woods hometown. I was quite nervous the first time I returned after the devastating fires of 2011, but what I found was a town offering more hope and opportunity than ever.
As Texans, “Remember the Alamo” is ingrained in our collective conscious. We’re taught the phrase in fourth-grade history, and the hallowed site in San Antonio is a mandatory stop on family road trips. However, “Remember Goliad” was also a rallying cry during the fight for Texas independence, and I set out to devote a day to this less-traveled town that played an important role in our history.
While Spicewood proper may be nothing more than a few buildings tucked away down a country road, the town’s real charm lies hidden in the surrounding hills. And if you know where to look, you’ll find plenty of reasons to support the locals’ claim that “life is good in Spicewood.”