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Inside Blackchalk's cafe

Driving along US 290 west to Fredericksburg from Johnson City, I’m struck by how much the roadside scenery has changed in two decades.

The bar at Peggy's

Look at that marbling! This is the Rolls-Royce of steaks!” a man sitting near me booms, caught in a carnivore’s bliss.

Crowds dance at the OS2 restaurant

Inside the OS2 Restaurant and Pub, I await beef tenderloin medallions with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes on the side.

Pedernales Potato Recipe

Is there a better package to open than one containing tender potatoes, browned onions, and creamy goat cheese?

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Why summer is the perfect time to give campfire cooking a try »

We’ve made these potato-and-cheese packets at home as a satisfying main course and on camping trips to serve with grilled steak or pork chops. The prosciutto is optional, but it adds incredible flavor, and the fat bastes the potatoes as they cook.

S'mores roasting by a campfire

Although it probably should have been a requirement, I can’t remember if I’d ever built a campfire before taking a job to cook on a guest ranch near Garner State Park.

Pigs on the Flatonia ranch

Texas and Spain have joined forces in an unexpected, four-legged way.

A couple sits along the Concho River

Cruising along US 277 south of San Angelo, the flat cotton fields of Tom Green County soon give way to brush country, where natural vegetation gets scrawnier and colors fade as the distance from surface water increases.

A room inside the Woodbine Hotel

Approaching Madisonville’s courthouse square, I’m not surprised that traffic ebbs to a crawl. After all, this East Texas town, population 4,636, loves to throw a party.

Inside The Hunt Store

The Hill Country town of Hunt is a place of convergence—where the north and south forks of the Guadalupe River merge, and where residents rub elbows with out-of-towners at a local establishment that has stood the test of time.

Lori Moffatt with Arkey Juenke

This issue marks the 44th anniversary of the travel magazine of Texas. It’s also the last issue for Senior Editor Lori Moffatt, who is retiring after an esteemed 27 years with the publication. As a staff, we’re going to miss her irreplaceable knowledge of Texas’ history and culture, insightful edits and sharp eye for details, but even more so the passion and vitality she’s brought to these pages and the office over the years. Before her departure, I asked her to share some of her insights with the readers she’s served so well for more than 300 issues. 

Sculpture at San Antonio Airport

Flying can be stressful—navigating a cavernous airport to squeeze into a cramped seat and sit closely confined with strangers in a long, winged tube that remains aloft for hours on end, well…“Flying is famously not an experience we look forward to,” notes Matt Evans of San Antonio International Airport. “But we’re working to reframe that narrative with art.”

Scuba diving at Athens Scuba Park

Some Texans aren’t content with a life well lived, they want hard evidence: the family vacation photos, a souvenir to stick on the shelf, their name in a register at the highest point in Texas. To help you achieve those goals, we’ve compiled a list of only-in-our-state pursuits you need to check off before another summer speeds by.


Feeling inspired? Download the printable Summer Bucket List PDF checklist and hit the road.
Snap a picture at one of the spots on our checklist (be sure to include a handwritten sign with #TrueTXSummer in your photo!) and be the first to post it to the Texas HighwaysFacebook page to win a True Texan hat. 

All participants will receive a True Texan sticker while supplies last! 

Some of Texas’ greatest adventures require physical challenge (the world’s toughest canoe race) and some may require getting out of your comfort zone (goat yoga), while others are simply excuses to take advantage of all Texas has to offer (waterparks, museums, swimming holes, and old-fashioned Dr Pepper floats). This is a packed list—more than 100 ideas to fill the 93 days of summer—but the reward will be well worth the effort. Take note, then take off.

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