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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine May 2018

Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, encourages recreational travel within Texas and tells the Texas story to readers around the world. Renowned for its photography, statewide events coverage, top weekend excursions, off-the-beaten path discoveries, and scenic destinations, Texas Highways helps readers discover the treasures of the Lone Star State.

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2 min.
travelin’ on

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. What advice would you give to people traveling Texas? LM: I think it’s smart to do your research in advance and have a rough idea of things you want to do and see, but…

1 min.
@ texashighways.com

#TRUETXSUMMER CONTEST If you feel inspired after reading our “93 Days of Summer” feature (Page 44), head to texashighways.com to see our printable Summer Bucket List checklist. To enter our contest, 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 Highways’ Facebook page to win a True Texan hat. All participants will receive a True Texan sticker while supplies last! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details. ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR Looking for summer fun? Check out our online events calendar—the most comprehensive listing of goings-on in Texas. Visit texashighways.com/events. SHARE YOUR WILDFLOWER PHOTOS Did you take a great shot of your family in the bluebonnets this year? Submit it…

3 min.

We hope this issue inspires more Texans to get outside and check out some new places! THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH I’m a high school teacher and Texas Highways magazine is always in my classroom. @EVERYTHING_ BETSY I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University while living in Kilgore. This West Texas gal was blown away by the beauty of East Texas! The campus is amazing. NORENE BLOCKER, PFLUGERVILLE Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Coastal Jazz Your Texas music festivals story [March] forgot the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi. It began in 1959 and is the longest running free jazz festival in the country, held each year in October in Heritage Park amid the historic homes and oak trees. The festival encompasses three stages with multiple bands from all over the…

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scenic route

Dive in 33º 00’ 29.25” N 94º 41’ 53.53” W SUMMER FUN AWAITS at Daingerfield State Park, located a couple of miles southeast of the city of Daingerfield in Northeast Texas. The 507-acre park offers plenty of classic summer diversions from camping to swimming, fishing, hiking, dancing, canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boating. The swimming platform—placed about 140 feet from the shore of the 80-acre lake—invites jumping, diving, and perfecting your cannonball. For more information, visit texasstateparks.org.…

5 min.
flights of fancy

SAVVY TRAVELER + SOUVENIR + STAY + DETOUR + MADE IN TEXAS 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.” Across Texas, airports have turned to artwork to take the edge off of air travel with displays that entertain, educate, challenge, and soothe jangled nerves. “Art adds a humanizing element to the travel experience,” says Tommy Gregory, director and curator of the Houston Airport System’s Public Art Program. “It warms up a space and lets the passengers know they’re not just…

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gone hunting at 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. Since its inception in 1946, The Hunt Store or “the store” (as it’s commonly called), has gone through several expansions and nearly a dozen owners. At first the store was a simple wooden structure stocked with groceries and provisions—a necessity for this rural enclave about 13 miles west of Kerrville along State Highway 39. Yet over the years tourists began to flock to the area, drawn by its pristine waters and scenic hills, as well as its growing number of riverside resorts and hunting ranches. To meet the needs of its…