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 / Travel & Outdoor
Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine February 2017

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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12 Issues


1 min.
editor's note

IT’S OFTEN NOT UNTIL I LEAVE A place that I fully appreciate how much it has to offer. It is so easy to take the city you live in for granted in the busyness of daily life. As I drove from Houston to Austin one recent Wednesday evening to join the staff at Texas Highways the next day, I began to compile a list of local sites I would miss the most. And while considering my favorite Space City spots, it struck me that our memories are intrinsically tied to places. Hermann Park is perhaps my favorite place in Houston, offering a green oasis in the heart of a sprawling city. My husband proposed to me there, and we took our now 2-year-old son there on his first outing as a…

2 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH I actually have a pair of my dogs named after the coyotes from John Erickson’s Hank the Cowdog books [December]—Rip and Snort! MARCUS BEAN, NEWTON Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, and Hank Thompson. Yee-haw! Great sounds! RON SMITH, WESTERVILLE, OHIO Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Texas Tunes This really is “A State of Music” [December], and today’s Texas musicians have a strong foundation on which to stand. Although I have traveled throughout the United States listening to and making music, I have never found any sounds more versatile or higher in quality than those right in my home state. Very few people know about the blues and jazz roots of Texas, but what a great story about our rich traditions! Chuck Ebert, Azle Tuba Turnout I believe you missed one…

1 min.
scenic route

Beloved Beacon 29º 22' 00.34" N 94º 46' 00.98" W ONE OF THE FEW 19th-Century lighthouses enduring along the Texas Gulf Coast, Bolivar Point Lighthouse—though no longer in operation— remains a dominant sight on Bolivar Peninsula. The privately owned, 117-foot-tall brick tower is covered with malleable iron plates that weathered to a black color. Travelers can take a trip on the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry from the island to the peninsula for a closer look from Texas 87 or Loop 108 (pictured). For more information on the lighthouse, visit crystalbeach.com/light.htm.…

6 min.
wandering through time

“We strive for an eclectic group of dealers, with items from the highly affordable to the high end. It’s really important to us that anybody who comes through these gates can find something.” MENTION TO FRIENDS THAT you’re going to Round Top Antiques Week and you’re likely to hear, “Ooh … ” or “Ugh ... ,” depending on their interest in shopping for one-of-a-kind finds. Having downsized from a house to a condo, I don’t need more stuff. But I’ve never been to this mega-market of all things antique, vintage, repurposed, or in need of repurposing. Devotees of antiques and home designers from across the nation, as well as countries far-flung as Australia and Japan, flock to the tiny town of Round Top for 16 days each spring and fall to peruse…

6 min.
gone ameripolitan

True to the irreverent sensibilities of the musicians carrying the torch for Ameripolitan music, the show romps with humor, rebellion, and rollicking music. VETERAN AUSTIN HONKY-TONKER DALE WATSON says it’s gotten harder and harder to explain his music to strangers—the curious truck-stop bystander intrigued by Watson’s tour bus emblazoned with his autograph or the barber trimming his signature pompadour before a far-flung road show. “I used to say proudly and matter-of-factly, ‘Country,’” says Watson, whose original songs bear the influence of traditional masters like Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Red Simpson. But as mainstream country music has increasingly assimilated the sounds of pop, rock, and rap, Watson finds himself backpedaling: “I’m country music, but … and then I would spend 15 or 20 minutes telling them what I’m not. So I found…

5 min.
hunt county heroes

Murphy, the war hero turned actor, and cotton both grew from Hunt County’s rich black soil. Both went on to change the world. In their own ways, both were kings. THE AUDIE MURPHY/AMERICAN COTTON MUSEUM in Greenville could just as easily be called the Hunt County Historical Museum. But why not lead with your best stuff? Murphy, the war hero turned actor, and cotton both grew from Hunt County’s rich black soil. Both went on to change the world. In their own ways, both were kings. Murphy won the most combat decorations of any American soldier in World War II, while a cotton compress in Greenville set world records for cotton production twice in the early 20th Century. Executive Director Susan Lanning says the museum was originally devoted to cotton and its role…