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Texas Top 40 No. 15, Galveston

With its coastal setting and intriguing history, Galveston is a favorite among readers seeking a Texas beach escape.

Daytripper: San Marcos

Archeological evidence suggests that humans have inhabited the San Marcos area for 10,000 years or more. And to this day,…

Kemah's Beginnings

It's hard to imagine if you’re exploring the family-friendly playground of the Kemah Boardwalk or the quirky galleries of Kemah’s…

Take a plunge

Throughout my life, in every neighborhood, on every summer's vacation, road trip, or nature hike, there has been a memorable…

Texas Top 40 No. 16, Canyon

“I am loving the plains more than ever it seems—and the SKY— Anita, you’ve never seen SKY—it is wonderful.”

Texas Top 40 No. 17, McKinney

On the northern fringe of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, McKinney’s historic character and natural amenities draw both tourists and a…

Texas Top 40 No. 18, Abilene

Abilene won readers’ praise for its small-town feel, state park, zoo, shopping, history, and restaurants, which range from classic barbecue…

Texas Top 40 No. 19, Padre Island

The beaches of Padre Island are so inviting that inland lakes have been known to import loads of Padre sand…

Colors of the Coast

By the time you finish reading this paragraph, hundreds of glass-green waves will have completed crossing the Gulf of Mexico…

Go Off-Grid!

The swath of Texas 71 that stretches between Austin and Houston is a well-traveled stretch for Longhorn fans, Houstonians with…

Horse Sense

Old Gonzo doesn’t want to trot. At first we thought it was because he didn’t like walking behind Chili Bean,…

Penguin Picassos

A frequent visitor to Galveston, I’m used to sighting sea turtles, dolphins, wading birds, pelicans, and even penguins. Penguins? 
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