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If you want a little more mystery added to your trip to Texas, check out the Marfa Lights. Go about eight miles east of Marfa on Highway 90/67 to get to the viewing area. These lights can be viewed at night. Don't be fooled into thinking that these are some kids playing a prank, or some car's headlights off in the distance—sightings of these strange lights began as early as 1883, well before the invention and common man's use of the automobile. Be on the lookout for red lights that move towards you if you visit this unusual Texas attraction.

For a close encounter with Texas wildlife, visit the Padre Island National Seashore south of Corpus Christi. The winds that sweep across the shore are perfect for flying kites, and you could catch a glimpse of the endangered Kemp Ridley sea turtle. During late summer, you can even take part in a turtle release!

  • 1100 Congress Ave.

    Texans’ love of all things big extends to its capitol building, which dominates the Austin skyline and is visible for miles driving up South Congre... More
  • 13 Celsius

    One of the best of a new crop of wine bars around town that includes Max's Wine Dive and So Vino, this place has the best name of the bunch (13 Cel... More
  • 219 West

    Music-lover's scene. This bar's theme nights include Two-Bit Tuesdays, featuring 25-cent corn dogs and two-dollar premium drafts. More
  • Alien Scooters

    The shop rents environmentally friendly electric scooters and e-bikes. More
  • Amarillo Livestock Auction

    Every Tuesday year-round, you can also watch cattlemen ply their trade More
  • Amy's Ice Cream

    With 13 locations in the Austin area, this little ice cream dominates the local market. The day’s 15 flavors are displayed on a chalk board above ... More
  • Art Car Parade

    What exactly is an art car?It's a fair question, more easily answered by showing rather than telling, and that's not the only reason the Art Car Pa... More
  • AT&T Performing Arts Center

    The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a 10-arce complex set within the Dallas Arts District. Included in the center is the contemporary, 2,300-seat Ma... More
  • Aurora Picture Show

    Worship film? This micro-cinema, housed in a little white 1924 church, gives literal meaning to the phrase and passion. Congregations of moviegoer... More
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day event held every October in Zilker Park with more than 100 artists covering a wide spe... More
  • Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria

    An Art Deco house set on 12 waterfront acres, featuring a rotating collection. More
  • Austin Nature & Science Center

    The Austin Nature & Science Center, located in Zilker Park, has a range of family friendly activities and hands-on exhibits. While special exhib... More
  • Bar Annie

    Ideal for a quick dinner, creative cocktails, and some of Houston’s best people-watching, this stylish bar is part of the multi-concept RDG + Bar A... More
  • Barton Springs Pool

    Zilker Park’s three-acre pool, created from natural freshwater springs, is a favorite local hangout. Free swim, from 9 to 10 p.m., is particularly ... More
  • Beadboard UpCountry

    This elegant shop, owned by California native Maryanne Flaherty, is a welcome find in downtown Brenham. Look out for Peacock Alley towels, Italian-... More

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