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

You can chow down on grilled steaks and two-step to live country music at this family-friendly bar and restaurant. Read More

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

Situated in the heart of the Live Music Capital of the World on Willie Nelson Boulevard (a statue of the Red Headed Stranger greets visitors on its... Read More

Look out for the butterfly garden and a pond full of wildlife in this 74-acre park. Bikes are available for rent at the Visitor’s Center. Read More

The Alamo isn’t your average movie theater. Along with blockbuster hits, they play  oldies and indies, and serve food and drinks during the show.... Read More

The shop rents environmentally friendly electric scooters and e-bikes. Read More

Every Tuesday year-round, you can also watch cattlemen ply their trade Read More

SCUBA-certified divers can explore sunken ships and artificial reefs off of South Padre’s shore. Look out for lionfish, barracuda, and octopus,... Read More

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... Read More

Surrounding the lake are 10 miles of trails beloved by runners, walkers and cyclists—not to mention local dogs out for exercise (and an occasional dip... Read More

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 Parade,... Read More

This culture and education center is housed in a striking building by Yoshio Taniguchi. He only used the finest materials—Jura limestone from... Read More

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... Read More

Dubbed Jerry World or Cowboys Stadium, AT&T Stadium is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to the team's football games, a variety of sporting... Read More

Worship film? This micro-cinema, housed in a little white 1924 church, gives literal meaning to the phrase and passion. Congregations of moviegoers sit... Read More

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 spectrum... Read More

The beloved TV show became a music festival in 2002, and, in fall 2013, expanded from one weekend to two at Zilker Park near downtown Austin. Acts span... Read More

Downtown’s historic Paramount Theatre takes a starring role for premieres and other screenings at this fall festival, which was founded in 1994. AFF... Read More

An Art Deco house set on 12 waterfront acres, featuring a rotating collection. Read More

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

This main street staple has original 1950s wood floors and pressed tin ceilings. Practice your bowlegged saunter up to the shop’s old-fashioned... Read More

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... Read More

Three-acre watering hole has lifeguards and diving boards just like a swimming pool, but its 68-degree waters are fed by underground springs. Don&rsquo... Read More

This three-acre watering hole has lifeguards and diving boards just like a swimming pool, but its 68-degree waters are fed by underground springs. Don't... Read More

This 2,000-plus seat theater topped with an 80-foot dome is not only home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the world-renowned Van Cliburn... Read More

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

Colorful lighting and retro furniture creates a swanky vibe in this Uptown night spot. A long bar stretches almost the entire length of the main room,... Read More

Bicycle Sports Shop, with three locations in the Austin area including the flagship near Zilker Park and Barton Springs, caters to the needs of Austin... Read More

You know, there's really something to that "kid in an candy store" expression. Kids seem pretty darn delighted at this South Congress Avenue shop, but... Read More

The permanent collection includes works by Romare Bearden, Mark Rothko and Thomas Hart Benton. Don’t miss Luis Jimenez’s massive sculpture Progress II ... Read More

Kids line up for rope swings at the Blue Hole, a natural swimming hole surrounded by live oak and pecan trees and picnic tables. Read More

The independent spirit is also strong at Waterloo's across-the-street neighbor. At this beloved store, founded in 1970, the scads of books include local... Read More

Founded in 1970, this is one of the nation's leading independent bookstores.  It's a popular stop for touring authors, from Stephen King to... Read More

It’s hard to believe you’re just 10 minutes from downtown Waco when you’re on this scenic ranch on the banks of the Brazos River.... Read More

Built in 1879, Brennan’s McCrary House Tasting Room is a landmark and one of the oldest remaining homesteads. Its 2006 and 2007 peach and honey... Read More

The Timber Creek winds its way through this 25-acre golf course where challenging greens are framed by thick trees. Watch out for hole number 13, where... Read More

So golf can be affordable: Rates start at $19 at this 18-hole course on the banks of Lake Hubbard. Still fine tuning your skills? There’s also a... Read More

Get ranch-ready at Bunkhouse Leather & Biker Shop where owner Michael Hancock tools just about anything out of leather, including reigns, saddles,... Read More

A truly American art installation, the ranch consists of ten grafitti-covered Cadillacs buried halfway in the ground. Read More

Callahan’s General Store is a throwback to a time when shopping options were more limited for Texans. Its offerings include just about anything... Read More

Located in the middle of the Fort Worth stockyards, this shop is stuffed with barrels full of sweets including old-fashioned favorites such as swirled... Read More

Willie Wonka has apparently found a new home in Houston at this eye-popping, all-American candy store. Everywhere you look in this chockablock room,... Read More

Picture the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, if it were designed by the Ramones. Casino El Camino has a dark interior, a punk-rock spirit, a renowned... Read More

Top off your Texas uniform with a cowboy hat from Catalena, which has been hand making felt hats in custom versions—Cattleman, Canadian, Ranger... Read More

Study up on the history of the cattle industry from its open range days in the 1850s to the modern era of mechanized ranches and online auctions. There... Read More

Found, unexpectedly, in a rambling ivy-covered brick building that houses a homey-looking branch of the Houston Public Library, the Kraftsmen Bakery,... Read More

The front of this small, metal-roofed stone building is decorated with blue accents and a whimsical sign depicting two rows of yellow birds, creating a... Read More

This former army base was converted by artist Donald Judd into an exhibition space. Read More

Sip wine while you wander around this 25-acre vineyard located on outside of San Angelo on the Concho River in Christoval, Texas. You can try different... Read More

Since 2012, Austin has been host of the U.S. Grand Prix, the only Formula 1 race in the U.S. Built for F1, the COTA track also hosts other racing events... Read More

Centered around a large green plaza where children run and couples stroll hand-in-hand, this is one of those multi-use outdoor retail districts that has... Read More

You’ll find hand-blown gas works, wood furnishings, paintings and sculptures by Texas artists at this well-curated gallery. Read More

Club De Ville is one of the oldest music venues in Austin, and is a mainstay of the Texas capital's Red River District. While it has a small indoor bar,... Read More

This centrally located Microbrewery has a lively taproom serving classic and seasonal beer. A big hit with locals comes on Saturdays, when the brewery... Read More

Set up a picnic blanket for complimentary music performances, ranging from country music bands to sing-a-longs, on Sunday nights (late spring through... Read More

CAMH is an innovative, world-class institution founded to document the role of art in modern life. Since 1972 its been housed in an ... Read More

Music strikes a note in Austin, known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” so dance your way to this bar for blues, country rock, and... Read More

The Houston outpost of the Austin music-and-dance club had a rocking opening in 2000, and the tin-ceilinged joint hasn't quieted down since. Expect to... Read More

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, who pioneered preventive medicine and literally coined the term "aerobics," created the home base for his Wellness Program inside... Read More

With 66 acres of nature at your fingertips just minutes from downtown Dallas, it is no surprise that nearly a million people visit this lush landmark... Read More

Located in the heart of the city, the Dallas Farmers Market offers the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy that the region has to offer. There... Read More

As one of the leading art institutions in the United States, the Dallas Museum of Art boasts more than 23,000 works exploring 5,000 years of history.... Read More

This laid-back live music venue is on its way to becoming an icon thanks to its great stage and acoustics, not to mention acts ranging from country and... Read More

The city's oldest man-made swimming pool originated as a natural swimming hole, but a century ago it was encased in concrete for Deep Eddy Bathing Beach... Read More

This park is the first place in the world Sauropod dinosaur tracks, left in soft mud over 113 million years ago, were discovered. Today, you can get up... Read More

Opt for the Ecology Tour to get schooled on the area’s diverse marine life like starfish and stingrays; you’ll also follow dolphin pods... Read More

With its dark wood tables, large leather sofas and 400-square-foot humidor, Downing Street Pub certainly exudes masculinity. That's not to say women... Read More

The Always One of a Kind soft drink was founded in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco in 1885. Museum exhibits walk you through cola history;... Read More

Besides an extensive selection of comic books and graphic novels, Dragon's Lair offers board and card games, as well as game guides. It's also a... Read More

Victoria is full of historic homes and buildings that have been lauded with historic markers. See some on a self-guided driving tour—you can... Read More

The Tuscan-influenced tasting room at this Hill Country winery feels more like Italy than Texas with its stone walls, high ceiling, and exposed beams.... Read More

East-Central Austin is a haven of artistic activity. For two weekends in November, the artists and artisans there open the doors for the East Austin... Read More

Take the El Paso–Juarez Trolley across the Rio Grande into Juarez—a bustling city with lively food markets and historic churches. Read More

In 1992, Robert Ozarow moved from New York to Dallas to work for an investment bank, but two years later he launched Empire Baking Company with his wife... Read More

Esther’s has been a mainstay in Austin since 1977, and these sketch-comedy players never run out of things to poke fun at in Austin life or Texas and... Read More

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Veteran fisherman Randy Wood leads family-friendly angling trips to fish for striper, which have been stocked in Possum Kingdom Lake for over a decade.... Read More

Since 2005, Austin has played host every September to what might be the weirdest film festival in the country. Based at the Alamo Drafthouse movie... Read More

Once a small row of merchants that set up shop outside of the county courthouse on the month’s first Monday, this flea market 40 minutes west of... Read More

There is arguably no better way to spend a hot summer Saturday than floating the Guadalupe or Comal Rivers. Rent inner tubes from companies such as... Read More

If you’re in Austin during the fall, any high school game will give you a real-life Friday Night Lights experience. One of the area’s leading programs... Read More

Since 1866, ranchers have sold and traded cattle at this market; sales reached their peak in 1944 when the stockyards processed 5,277,496 heads. While... Read More

Rather than evidence of extinct species, as the name might suggest, you’ll find exotic animals in this 1,700-acre park. The property, accredited... Read More

Crystal chandeliers hang from ceiling grids of hog panel (heavy metal agricultural fencing); statuesque 19th-century gilded candlesticks are clustered... Read More

The oldest brew pub in Texas has a biergarten and its own blonde ales and porters on tap. You can also spend the night in one of 11 rooms—a bed... Read More

Head to the tasting room to sample wines—including ports and sherries—made from Texas-grown grapes at this family owned winery in downtown... Read More

Travelers can rent single or double kayaks and canoes at this soft adventure outfit. Bring a fishing pole if you want to drop a line for speckled trout. Read More

Back in the days when Texas was its own country, this was the home of France’s diplomatic representative to the Republic. Today, it’s a museum. You can... Read More

Hear history from the holograph’s mouth: This center has high-tech exhibits where visitors can “meet” historical figures that settled... Read More

Since 1972, this Houston-based travel agency has been helping travelers plan luxury trips and vacations across the world. FROSCH's travel consultants... Read More

Founded in 2006, this is another youngster of a festival that has come on strong and shown that it can stand with the Austin mainstays: Attendance hit... Read More

Strange Factor: Peek inside the Live Music Capital of the World’s henhouses on the Funky Chicken Coop Tour. During the open house event, folks... Read More

Following its 2003 expansion, The Galleria became the fourth largest mall in the nation with 2.4 million square feet of retail space. Beneath the... Read More

Museums aren't Houston's only art venue. The city's gallery scene is one of the hottest in the country, with Thursday and Friday preview parties, open... Read More

This multi-million dollar entertainment zone is loaded with amusements and rides such as the Iron Shark Rollercoaster, Texas Teacups, and Pier Pileup... Read More

Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery attributes his whiskey’s superb taste to the organic wheat grown on his 213 acres as well as the area... Read More

Over a million visitors have stopped in to visit exhibits on George Bush Senior’s life in and out of the White House. Among the permanent displays... Read More

This Fair Park venue has a 20,000-seat amphitheater that often is packed with urban dwellers who have escaped the manic rush of downtown for some good... Read More

This cramped honky-tonk isn’t licensed to sell spirits but does provide the setup—the ice and juice—for only a few dollars. Read More

Catch a ball game at the Texas Rangers' ballpark, a retro-style park with over 48,000 seats that was built in 1999. Read More

Here, you can come face to face with the original “Come and Take It” cannon—it was originally used during the Battle of Gonzales in... Read More

In 2008, an arson fire severely damaged the mansion, which was first built in 1856. Luckily, because the home was being renovated at the time, no one... Read More

There are actually three museums—one covering history, another for children, and a third that welcomes world-class art exhibits—here at the... Read More

If you're seriously into street art, pay a visit to this every-evolving showcase of what local artists are up to. Located on an abandoned building site,... Read More

Americana meets romance at this drive-in movie theater, originally built in 1919 on Graham’s downtown square. The latest flicks are played on... Read More

This 780-seat theater, originally built in 1929, hosts live music performances ranging from jazz artists to visiting symphonies. Read More

Jump on board the Tarantual Train made up of two Victorian-style locomotives—one of which is the South’s oldest continuously operating steam... Read More

Stop in for distinct and eco-friendly gifts such as silky pajamas made from bamboo fibers, copper bells hailing from India, and bath salts and scrubs in... Read More

Originally painted in 1998 and recently refurbished, this mural at Roadside Relics on South First Street calls to mind a vintage postcard. It’s so... Read More

Gruene (pronounced green) is famous throughout Texas thanks to this 1878 saloon, the oldest in the state. The tap doesn’t run dry at the Gruene... Read More

Straddling the Texas/New Mexico border, the remote Guadalupe Mountains National Park is rife with desert fauna. Stop by the park visitor center for an... Read More

Coffeehouse by day and lounge by night, Halcyon stands on the corner of Fourth and Lavaca Streets, at the center of the Warehouse District. The high... Read More

Long privately held but open to the public because its owners didn't feel right about not sharing it, Hamilton Pool is now the centerpiece of a nature... Read More

Established in 1883, when two brothers opened a dry-goods store downtown and began outfitting Houston's emerging upper class of cattlemen and cotton... Read More

The Harry Ransom Center, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, has an enormous collection of literary manuscripts — more than 36... Read More

The Harry Ransom Center’s holdings are vast, varied and ever-growing, from Frida Kahlo paintings to Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate notes to Robert... Read More

At the University of Texas' Ransom Center, you can view a Gutenberg Bible and enjoy literary events such as lectures and Poetry on the Plaza. The vast... Read More

Rearing up at the main gateway, an equestrian statue of Sam Houston keeps watch over the 445 acres of Hermann Park, which is nearing completion of a... Read More

This simple mural by musician Daniel Johnston has remained intact near the University of Texas for more than 20 years, even as the building where it was... Read More

Just west of downtown Austin, Hiatus takes care of the environment with green initiatives, like recyclable packaging, while they're also taking care of... Read More

On Friday and Saturday nights, join resident historian Jodi Breckenridge on tours of Jefferson—said to be the most haunted town in Texas&mdash... Read More

Seasoned cheese professional Lindsey Schechter started Houston Dairymaids in 2008 dedicated to finding the best artisan cheese makers in Texas and... Read More

Nationally and internationally recognized, the Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company in the world to win a Tony, two Grammy and two Emmy Awards.... Read More

Step into this historic Main Street building to see paintings and sculptures by American artists, many of whom focus on Texas and southwest subjects. Read More

It's hard to say what's most compelling about Installations: the array of merchandise (a 200-plus-year range described by owners Becki and Jur Van der... Read More

With the city skyline in the background, Houston’s skateboarders show off their skills inside this 30,000-square-foot complex. Designed by... Read More

Strange Factor: See Dallas through the eyes of an expert on JFK assassination conspiracy theories. The controversial 90-minute tour (on weekends only)... Read More

You may know Shepard Fairey as the creator of the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster back in 2008. He's one of the most famous street artists in the word... Read More

Catching Austin on a rainy weekend? Head to this indoor center filled with trampolines of all shapes and colors. Some rooms are set up as basketball and... Read More

With more than 25 years of experience, American Express Travel agent Kathy Hannon specializes in both ski trips and family travel. She has in-depth... Read More

This 3.5-mile trail is Dallas's most popular place to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you are walking, running, biking, or rollerblading,... Read More

The Vibe: This is not the place for bikini-clad car models. The genteel annual showcase (it may be in Texas, but it’s still a yacht club) attracts... Read More

This outfitter aims to provide life-changing experiences through environmental conservation and social philanthropy. This community- and conservation... Read More

Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Arlo Guthrie are a few of the names that have graced the stage of this annual Hill Country music festival. Rod Kennedy... Read More

Meet Ernest Torres, a master candy maker, as he pulls saltwater taffy—and if you’re luck, he’ll throw you a treat. House-made fudge... Read More

Enjoy the native gardens and plants. The center uses solar power, has a green roof, and offers community outreach programs to restore the environment. Read More

About 12 miles south of downtown Austin, the Wildflower Center promotes the use of native plants—as in, plants that humans didn’t introduce to a region... Read More

The downtown lake is usually dotted with rowers, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders. Not up for that much of a workout? When Austin’s famous colony... Read More

A prime view doesn't require elevation, either. In summer 2014, this 1.4-mile segment of the hike-and-bike trail along Central Austin's Lady Bird Lake... Read More

Lady Bird Johnson left her mark on America as First Lady in the 1960s, and later in the Texas capital after she led a campaign to clean up Town Lake and... Read More

Formerly a private estate, this Art Deco house set on 12 waterfront acres features rotating and permanent collections on its lush grounds on Lake Austin... Read More

Lake Austin Spa Resort—about 20 miles from downtown—is known as a destination spa, but you can also book day packages if you aren't staying there. The... Read More

You’re likely to see impressive catches at events like the Toyota Texas Bass Classic Fishing Tournament, held annually in May, but fishing novices... Read More

There aren’t any camping grounds surrounding this lake, but there are plenty of boating docks and marinas from which you can head out in a kayak... Read More

The magnitude of President Johnson's impact is felt when standing in the Great Hall inside the LBJ Presidential Library: more than 45 million pages, an... Read More

A raised boardwalk juts out into a protected bay where native and migrating birds are known to flock. If you forgot your binoculars, check out the free... Read More

LLELA, as Lewisville residents call it, is a 2,000 acre nature reserve on the banks of Lewisville Lake. Along with camping and fishing, the park hosts... Read More

This tranquil inlet is lined with marinas and boat rental shops. Choose a power cruiser— Little Bay Marine has a great selection—and get out... Read More

Dedicated in 2001, this gray-clapboard Quaker Meeting House is as spectacular as a place of determined simplicity can be. Designed by architect Leslie... Read More

The overwhelming majority of performances at Austin's creative centerpiece highlight local artists: opera singers, symphony musicians, ballet dancers.... Read More

The Longbranch Inn, which is not an inn at all but a small dive bar on a corner in gritty but renascent East Austin, is a popular neighborhood bar that... Read More

Success has not spoiled Chloe Dao, winner of Project Runway's second season. Located on the edge of Rice Village, the almost bare-bones space is nothing... Read More

Walking around the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum at the University of Texas is a touching experience. For there, among the Disneyfied kitsch ... Read More

At the LBJ Ranch, outside of Johnson City in the Hill Country, where Johnson was born and died, everything is being restored to the way it was during... Read More

Stop in to cheerful eatery, brilliantly lit thanks to its corner located and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, to pair cheese and charcuterie boards with... Read More

Don’t miss the almond croissants and or tomato and basil soup at this charming downtown bakery. Read More

More than 20 years of experience have provided Mark Hoyer with the know-how to guide travelers through the most beautiful places in the world. His areas... Read More

The whole family is invited to take a seat in the lucky captain’s chair on “Redfish” Raymond Cox’s boat. He’s guided new... Read More

Travelers can explore this 34-acre park, dotted with ponds and gardens, on foot or by golf cart; keep an eye out for Ruby-throated hummingbirds and... Read More

About 30 miles northwest of Houston, Matt Family Orchard has 40 acres planted with blueberries, blackberries, figs, Asian pears, and persimmons, all of... Read More

Head here for hands-on exhibits—throw on your hard hat for the Lend-a-Hand Ranch; zip up your astronaut gear for Destination Space—in... Read More

Despite its Spanish Colonial belfries and arches, the museum's strong suit is Impressionist and modern art (Van Gogh, Picasso, O'Keeffe, Pollock).... Read More

This public theater in Lewisville’s Old Town District has an art gallery and puts on live music performances on weekends ranging from country and... Read More

Art from South of the Border includes several José Clemente Orozcos and Rufino Tamayos (and a number of other painters of a heroic,... Read More

This chicly decorated spa is right at home in Austin's stylish Second Street District. Make a day of it by shopping at the nearby boutiques and then... Read More

A well-paved five-mile path from the edge of town leads to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Mountain bikers can also off-road on trails through... Read More

Tadao Ando’s five glass pavilions form a Modernist trilogy with Louis Kahn’s Kimball Art Museum across the street and Philip Johnson’s... Read More

Opened in 1975, Moody Gallery displays work by contemporary American artists with an emphasis on artists living and working in Texas, as well as those... Read More

Moontower is one of Austin's youngest festivals, but when it debuted in spring 2012 with such polish and self-assurance—it was as if it had been around... Read More

Named in honor of Dallas arts supporter Morton H. Meyerson, who donated $10 million toward its erection, the stunning Symphony Center is located in the... Read More

Mount Bonnell, a municipal park located on the western edge of the city above Town Lake, is one of the highest points in the area at 775 feet, making it... Read More

The panoramic view of Austin you can get from Mount Bonnell on Lake Austin is simply stunning. Keep in mind that getting to the view requires a short... Read More

Stop in this favorite local lounge during happy hour (3-7 p.m. Monday to Friday) for $5 frozen margaritas and $1 off beers and cocktails such as mojitos... Read More

Built in 1958, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel pavilion, a renowned example of the International Style pioneered by the architect, changed the look... Read More

Learn about Texas’ oil and gas history and cowboy roots at this regional museum, where top exhibits include a collection of 500-plus cowboy hats... Read More

The cornerstone of this Texas history museum is a series of eight cannons that were brought over the Atlantic by French explorer La Salle. Other... Read More

You won’t find any of the horses for which this Gulf-front stretch was originally named (they escaped their Spanish explorers) but this 18-mile... Read More

Situated in the heart of the Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center showcases what was once the private collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher. The... Read More

Over 40 percent of the country’s 700 butterfly species live in or pass through Texas’ Rio Grand Valley. You’ll spot plenty of the... Read More

Ostrich, zebras and ibex come right up to your safari vehicle on this 400-acre ranch loaded with over 500 animal breeds, including 40 exotics. Look out... Read More

At this unusual gift shop, artist Shelley Harris-Janac makes intricately detailed gourd sculptures, incorporating other natural elements like pine... Read More

There are 72 beers on draft—and about 35 of them are Texas microbrews—at this quirky lounge housed in a white-paneled house with a wrap... Read More

This main square landmark, built in 1886, was mostly indistinguishable from other limestone courthouses that anchor small Texas towns until the Coen... Read More

Animal fans will love this family-owned alpaca farm and yarn store. Here, kiddos can pet the soft-hoofed animals and learn about carding wool and weaving. Read More

This 12-year-old museum, housed in a restored U.S. Post Office, has history and art exhibits including a historic mural by Alexander Hogue and 1920s... Read More

Cowboy history comes alive at the state’s oldest saddle shop, where beautiful hand-tooled leather works are on display. Read More

Even if you miss the Round Top fair, there are a handful of shops to peruse in this tiny town. This gallery resides on 3.5 acre and has works by Texas... Read More

This 70-mile stretch is the longest expanse of undeveloped barrier island in the world, home to endangered crabs, sea turtles (nesting season is from... Read More

Head to this zip-lining park to get a bird’s eye view of Palo Duro Canyon’s red rock landscape. Read More

Palo Duro Canyon, which cuts through Texas’ high plans, is over 100 miles long and can be over 1,000 feet deep. While travelers can trek along... Read More

Learn about the region’s heritage at this North Texas museum. Read More

This restored Art Deco theatre is crowned with a ceiling painted with twinkling stars and fluffy clouds. Stop in for old movies on weekends or plays and... Read More

Built in 1915, the grand dame of Congress Avenue has hosted a roster of Hollywood elite over the past century: from Orson Wells, Harry Houdini, and... Read More

While this stretch of Sixth Street is one of the best-known areas of Austin, it’s not really a hotbed of live music. Parish is an exception. You can... Read More

Slide into a booth for a mescal cocktail or a limited production sipping tequila at this new bar on Houston’s Main Street. Interiors have a... Read More

This pit stop is a must for nut lovers. They sell pecans in flavors ranging from honey toasted to praline, as well as housemade fudge. Read More

Located just beyond Houston's Museum District on Montrose, the Peel Gallery Shop is both an exhibition space and retail store. Established in 2005, this... Read More

A view of this graceful steel bridge over Lake Austin is lovely, and so are the views from it—of the surrounding lake and hills. You can also see... Read More

This unique museum inspires a little curiosity in us all. The urban planning architect guru Thom Mayne made sure this was a building you would never... Read More

Generations of Austin children have celebrated their birthdays at this landmark on Barton Springs Road near downtown. Open since 1946, Peter Pan has two... Read More

Watch Texas, an epic outdoor musical dramatizing Lone Star State history, in Palo Duro Canyon’s dramatic Pioneer Amphitheater. Read More

The exhibits at this living history park will take your kids back to 19th century Texas — they may even get a glimpse of some real Texas Longhorns (and... Read More

Learn about life during Texas’ pioneer days at this restored town, minutes from Gonzales’ town square, made up of 13 houses and buildings... Read More

Open Thursday through Sunday nights only, PM Nightlife is billed as an "underground lounge" that caters to the well-heeled set. The interior is filled... Read More

This 1,528-acre park adjacent to the lake has hiking trails, camping spots, and rustic cabins available for rent. Also keep an eye on the park’s... Read More

A slew of hike and bike trails around the lake include loops one- to 16-miles long. Tree-covered pathways open up to waterfront lookouts; bring your... Read More

While this 60-acre park also has baseball diamonds, jungle gyms, and shady picnic spots, its most distinctive feature is a prairie dog village, where... Read More

When unveiled in 1993, this rehabilitated row of 1920's one-room-wide shotgun cottages in Houston's historically African-American Third Ward pioneered... Read More

Located between the Cotton Belt Depot and Northwest Highway, this pathway links nine bronze statues, including a 9/11 flight crew memorial, throughout... Read More

This limestone warehouse, a mid-century beauty that was once a steel-fan factory, blasted back to life in 1980 as a dance club, with owners promoting it... Read More

Hunt for animal tracks on nature trails and explore the 7,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory, also home to native creatures such as... Read More

Temple Wynne always had an affinity for pottery, decorations, art, and accessories so when she saw the need to restore an old building in Wimberley, the... Read More

There are 27 holes at this Guadalupe River-front campus, so you can golf enthusiasts have three 18-hole combos to choose from. Beginners should opt for... Read More

Refuel after a morning job or bike ride at this simple bakery, known for its housemade glazed donuts and savory kolaches—a doughy Czech treat that... Read More

Rockport has a slew of flat and well-maintained trails that loop through nature reserves and range from one to 15 miles in length. The newest leg, Tule... Read More

South Congress Avenue may be better known, but North Loop Boulevard is one of the current epicenters of weird Austin spirit. You'll find lots of local,... Read More

Part of the Menil Collection, the seminal Rothko Chapel, a masterpiece of religious modern art, represents the culmination of collaboration between... Read More

About 23 miles north of downtown Austin, the Dell Diamond is the home of the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Texas... Read More

This biannual event attracts vendors—and shoppers—from all over the country, looking to buy and sell everything from mid-century modern... Read More

Runners from all over the world descend on Surfside each February for the annual full-and half-marathon, the only race of its kind that takes place on... Read More

This coffee shop, which now distributes coffee to grocery stores throughout the state, was founded in Austin in 1990 with its “world headquarters... Read More

Insider Clout: For a Caravaggio enthusiast, Watkins enlisted an art historian guide to escort the client to three churches in Rome to admire seminal... Read More

You’ll find everything from houseboats to speedy jet skis in this fleet. Wake boards, banana floats, and other water toys are also available for... Read More

Stop in to see animals and insects—ranging from bobcats and porcupines to tarantulas and turtles—that are native to the Southwest. Read More

This park has 50 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails that weave through cacti and wildflowers and lead to American Indian rock art and even... Read More

A controversial enchilada-red design by Ricardo Legorreta. The library also holds a Botero sculpture and a mural by New Realist Jesse Treviño. Read More

Established in 1981 and housed in what was once the Lone Star Brewery Complex, the San Antonio Museum of Art boasts one of the largest collections of... Read More

Why It’s Cool: This granddaddy of river walks charms with four miles of cypress-lined cobble- and-flagstone paths along both sides of the narrow... Read More

The farther you get from the ferry dock on this 21-mile-long, car-free barrier isle, the better the pickings. You may spot sundials, shark's eyes, and... Read More

Fans of Margaret Mitchell’s classic shouldn’t miss a trip to this small museum, packed with movie posters, reproductions of costumes, select... Read More

Outside of cheering in the stands at DKR-Memorial Stadium, enjoying some beer, brats and barbecue with the burnt-orange masses at Scholz Garten is the... Read More

Rising improbably from a 22-acre plain in a far-flung and otherwise bleak Houston suburb on the flat Gulf Coast landscape, this is the first traditional... Read More

This tiny hole-in-the-wall's namesake, Sig Byrd, was the coolest cat in town in the 1950's and 60's, covering the local music and club scene for two... Read More

While the stunning Simon Theatre, an old movie house and ballroom built in 1925 by Texas architect, is currently going through a painstaking restoration... Read More

Ever wonder how this family of amusement parks got its name? Six Flags refers to the flags of the countries that governed Texas throughout history: the... Read More

This history buff's haven is a must-stop destination for anyone fascinated by the life and death of John F. Kennedy. Thorough and mesmerizing, the... Read More

Dress up in bonnets, bandanas, and chaps at Smiling Eyes Photo Gallery and pose for Old West sepia snapshots. Read More

Antique shops are a dime a dozen in Texas’ small towns, but this shop looks for global pieces as well as costume jewelry, vintage furniture, and... Read More

SXSW started in 1987 as a music festival in downtown Austin and went on to add film and technology segments. But music remains the best-known part of... Read More

This 70-mile stretch is the longest expanse of undeveloped barrier island in the world, home to endangered crabs, sea turtles (nesting season is from... Read More

Lessons for beginners—or pros looking to sharpen their skills—are held year-round at this family-owned dive shop. Also stop in for board and... Read More

This funky museum, located on one corner of the historic town square, has an impressive collection of antique timekeepers from Germany, France, Austria,... Read More

This private, liberal arts university perched on a hill off South Congress Avenue has great views of downtown Austin, especially just outside its Mary... Read More

This 21-mile-long barrier atoll has miles of beautiful empty shoreline. Fishermen can drop a line for trout or redfish near the S.S. John Worthington... Read More

Stop by this historic theater (it originally opened in 1910) with exposed brick interiors to see bands ranging from up-and-coming indie groups to... Read More

“The oldest drug store in Texas,” where you can sit at the horseshoe counter while sipping an egg cream or cherry fountain soda. Read More

Every year, just two miles east of downtown Dallas, Fair Park hosts one of the largest state fairs in the United States: a Texas-sized affair that... Read More

Willie Nelson isn't the only famous musician honored with a statue in Austin.  An 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture memorializing blues-rock guitar... Read More

Of the area’s 32 miles of beach, this is one of the best for families thanks to picnic tables, lifeguards, public restrooms, volleyball... Read More

Turns out, all flavors of music—rock, pop, hip-hop, alt country—pair really well with Stubb's fabulous, Texas-style barbecue. On the outside stage, I've... Read More

You can sample red, white, and bubbles at this friendly winery 15 minutes east of Roanoke. Looking for a unique gift? Leave with a personalized bottle. Read More

The waves along this stretch of beach are consistent, thanks to deep, long jetties, making it ideal for surfers. If you don’t have your own board,... Read More

You’re treated like family at this well-curated jewelry store in the heart of Tyler. With collections ranging from well-known jewelry artists... Read More

Pick up sweet Sunday dresses by Peaches n’ Cream or Baily Boy’s fun play wear at this grandmother-owned children’s clothing store.... Read More

With folk art from around the world, Tesoros embodies Austin's eclectic charm. The colorful tin ornaments from Mexico are some of my favorite gifts to... Read More

Setting (in and around the Texas Capitol), timing (autumn with its mild weather) and characters (big-name authors, plus thousands of book lovers) all... Read More

When the weather is sunny, nothing tops a day of tastings along the Highway 290 wine trail. Book a local shuttle or limousine to guide a trip between... Read More

There are over a dozen exhibits at the six-acre wildlife center including the 10,000-gallon stingray lagoon where kiddos can touch and feed the... Read More

The capitol building was completed in 1888, and Austinites have been pretty darn proud of it ever since. There are even laws on the books to prevent... Read More

Does it surprise you at all to learn that the Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888, is taller than the U.S. Capitol? The famous red-granite dome makes... Read More

Less than a mile from the Capitol, the lovely, tree-lined Texas State Cemetery is the final resting place for political figures such as U.S. Rep.... Read More

Every year, just two miles East of downtown Dallas, Fair Park hosts one of the largest state fairs in the United States, a Texas-sized affair that... Read More

This free event celebrating young adult literature has grown fast since its start in 2009.  Authors such as James Dashner (the "Maze Runner" series... Read More

The student union building of the University of Texas at Austin serves as a hub of activity for the more than 50,000 students enrolled in the school,... Read More

A reverential tone is everywhere in the mission itself, from the trinkets in the gift shop to the admonitions on the wall asking visitors to keep their... Read More

Photo idea: You, plus thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats flying overhead. From March to October, the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in... Read More

A shimmering oddity on a quiet residential street near Memorial Park, this marvel of folk art may strike some as merely a wacky recycling project. The... Read More

If you're around UT for the day, stop in for a visit to the Blanton, especially if it's a Thursday (when there's free admission). Memorable exhibitions... Read More

Founded in 1964, the Broken Spoke is a timeless Texas dancehall that's beloved by Willie Nelson—pretty much the best endorsement you can get—not to... Read More

In 2011, the Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse at the Jones Center merged to become The Contemporary Austin. The Contemporary has two distinctive venues... Read More

Way before South Congress Avenue got that trendy “SoCo” nickname, the Continental Club was there delivering roots rock, country, soul and a cool '50s... Read More

Opera lovers need no excuse to visit the stunning Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House for a performance. In recent years, the Dallas Opera made this... Read More

The fourth largest mall in the country, the label mecca covers 2.4 million square feet, boasting luxury brands including Prada, Neiman Marcus, Saks... Read More

No, a UFO hasn't landed on Houston's Rice University campus—it's the latest Skyspace from artist James Turrell. Named the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial... Read More

UT Austin is home to LBJ’s presidential library, which explores the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Poverty and other aspects of Johnson's presidency... Read More

The internationally renowned Menil Collection is perhaps the city's ultimate hidden jewel, with a main building that's tucked away on a residential cul... Read More

The Red River District is packed with live music, and the Mohawk is one of its most popular and acclaimed venues. Open since 2006, the indoor/outdoor... Read More

Built in 1958 and extended in 1974, Mies van der Rohe's glass-and-steel pavilion, a renowned example of the International Style pioneered by the... Read More

Just over 15 miles from downtown Austin, the Oasis has one of the best-known views in town. The huge, multi-story restaurant was built (and rebuilt,... Read More

This piece of the sprawling campus is one of the most beautiful areas of UT. It’s home to World War I memorial Littlefield Fountain, and the Mall’s “Six... Read More

Yoga Yoga studios offer classes all over Austin, but this location is the only one with a spa. Pair a massage, body wrap, facial or other Ayurveda... Read More

Evolving from the city's thriving hip-hop music scene, The Tipping Point is something more than a store for the sneaker connoisseur. The three owners,... Read More

This local theater, approaching its 20th anniversary, is surprisingly first rate thanks to its two stages and recruited talent: You’ll often see... Read More

Head to the visitors center at this academic branch to see seven aquaria with different coastal habitats and marine species. Travelers can also through... Read More

It’s unassuming from the outside, but this stylish bar with blonde-wood walls is the best place in town for a creative craft cocktail such as the... Read More

Dress up as pirates or princesses, make puppets, and learn about countries around the world in workshops at this quirky museum. There are also hands-on... Read More

The Thinkery is the new incarnation of the Austin Children's Museum. The 40,000-square-foot facility opened in 2013 in the Mueller neighborhood, about... Read More

This is Houston's version of the sort of rural compound you might find in Tuscany or Provence, an enchanting oasis that includes a nursery, home and... Read More

Cookbook author Melissa Guerra stocks hard-to-find housewares from Central and South America and Mexico. Molinillos, hand-carved milk frothers from... Read More

Tours are by appointment at this historic Texas landmark, once a tea rooms and casino—complete with an escape tunnel and room for hiding gambling... Read More

The calm waters of Lady Bird Lake, the dammed portion of the Colorado River that runs through Austin, provide an excellent vantage point to experience... Read More

Past Austin visitors may remember Toy Joy from its previous location near UT. The store is downtown now, but still has the same mix of toys you won't... Read More

If you’re looking for a trip memento, consider an original work by painter Jeff Munson. He exhibits his works—ranging from the pastoral to... Read More

Stop at the butterfly garden or new yoga pavilion on this well paved, six-mile hike and bike trail. Read More

This noteworthy newcomer is outfitted with traditional Chippendale furniture. Read More

Jefferson was on the cargo route to New Orleans so its rivers have a long steamboat history. Hear about those lucrative years on this boat tour; your... Read More

This modest museum has an impressive foundation of over 1,500 works including one of the largest collections of Mexican folk art in the U.S. Thanks to... Read More

Near Zilker Park and the restaurants of Barton Springs Road, you'll find a quiet, beautiful garden that's home to works by the 20th century American... Read More

With its location near the Rice University campus, you might expect Under the Volcano to be a dive-y, rowdy college bar, but it serves some of the best... Read More

As a nod to Houston’s long history with the railroad, the Houston Astros new MLB stadium was built on the site occupied by the city’s... Read More

Want some Longhorn swag to commemorate your visit to the University of Texas at Austin? There's the more visible Co-Op just across from UT on  ... Read More

Even if you're not a football fan, taking in a Longhorns home game here is unforgettable, from the massive tailgating scene to the many game-day... Read More

The Tower is a symbol of both UT’s happiest and saddest times. Notoriously, it was the site of Charles Whitman’s mass shooting in 1966. Today, the Tower... Read More

Because of their dual love for haute couture and everyday fashion, Jackie Bolin, Liz Thompson, and Elizabeth O'Mahony joined together and opened V.O.D.... Read More

This three-story landmark building has high-design shopping finds, a contemporary art gallery, and a top-notch bistro with tin pressed ceilings and an... Read More

Sitting in the front row is no longer a hindrance to the movie-going experience at this locally owned theater, where oversize chairs have the added... Read More

Viva has an extensive menu of package deals, including the super-indulgent, seven-hour Viva Diva. It helps you decompress with a massage, body wrap,... Read More

At its East Austin headquarters, this theater company stages award-winning, boundary-busting original productions and welcomes innovative guest... Read More

Head to this 1,700-acre park for hikes and horseback rides along trails flanked by native Texas plants. Pack your binoculars and look out for birds such... Read More

The bones of a Columbian mammoth—which roamed the earth during the Pleistocene Epoch, 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago—were first excavated... Read More

For years, this creek—which runs from north campus through downtown and into Lady Bird Lake—has been subject to severe flooding. But a new, well-funded... Read More

This Austin icon is one of the nation's top independent record stores. Pick up CDs by Texas acts like Ruthie Foster, Billy Joe Shaver, Gary Clark Jr.,... Read More

Locals take water taxis to get around the Woodlands—the 1.4 mile corridor links restaurants, hotels, offices and shops—but it’s also a... Read More

This New York transplant is housed in a wood-paneled house and has a sprawling lawn dotted with vintage furnishings. Settle in with a potent Revolution,... Read More

There's nothing to do in this converted icehouse but enjoy a cold one, strike up conversations with the friendly bartenders and fellow customers, and... Read More

After hitting Waterloo and BookPeople, head to the downtown location of Austin-founded Whole Foods to refuel and shop more. At 80,000 square feet, this... Read More

Owner Ulli Johnston is known as the boot whisperer. Of the Wild West Store's more than 500 pairs of vintage boots, she claims to be able (with a... Read More

If you’re going to a concert at ACL Live downtown, take a moment to get a picture with the 8-foot tall bronze sculpture of local patron saint Willie... Read More

Come Thanksgiving and Christmas, this unassuming pie shop has a line out the door. Stop in during the off season for a slice of key lime, buttermilk, or... Read More

Daredevils can fly over limestone cliffs on one of 10 ziplines. You can also take a walking tour of the nature park-like grounds and learn about native... Read More

This 760-acre park, lush with native plants such as cedar elms and anacua trees, attracts thousands of nesting and migrating bird species, making this... Read More

The ride gives an eagle-eye view of three states and two nations. Read More

Fittingly for a gallery in the Live Music Capital of the World, Yard Dog showcases work from musician/artists like Jon Langford and Ian McLagan, along... Read More

This sweet and colorful bread-and-butter mural is especially popular with couples seeking a distinctively Austin background for their engagement photos.... Read More

Visit El Paso’s late-17th-century Ysleta Mission, a courtly adobe building crowned with a bell tower. Read More

When it isn’t hosting concerts such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a three-day event held each October, Zilker Park is a popular... Read More

Two weekends a year, Zilker Park is home to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. But the rest of the year, this 351-acre park in the middle of town is... Read More

Innumerable couples have taken their picture with these sweet, simple words on the side of Jo's Coffee on South Congress Avenue. The back story? Austin... Read More

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