Few things are as intertwined with the image of Texas as the cowboy. Whether driving the long, dusty trail or riding a bucking bronco, cowboys epitomize the rugged, independent spirit of the Lone Star State. I decided to spend a day in the self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capital of the World” to capture some of that enchanting spirit for myself.
While most associate Texas with the Wild West rather than the Deep South, there are towns in the Lone Star State that exude Southern charm and hospitality. To capture the genteel spirit of the South, I headed to Jefferson in the far reaches of Northeast Texas.
If you’ve ever made the long haul to or from El Paso, then you have likely already visited Van Horn to refuel and refresh before getting back on the road. However, for those looking for a little adventure, there’s much more to this desert town than the truck stops along Interstate 10.
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.