5 Texas trips to take right now

It’s almost summer in Texas, and that means visions of snow cones, tubing the river, barbecue road trips and beach getaways have started dancing in our heads.

On Sunday, we published a special Travel magazine for Austin American-Statesman subscribers that was filled with awe-inspiring adventures in places such as Hawaii, Iceland and Napa Valley. It also featured some can’t-miss Texas treks that would be perfect for a spring or summer jaunt. Here are five Texas destinations we think you should consider visiting soon:

DALLAS: The Dallas skyline may carry “an Emerald City aura,” but if you look deeper, writes Helen Anders, you’ll find delicious food, cultural offerings and even some chances to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Whether you’re out to play golf or croquet or simply to read a good book, join the locals in Klyde Warren Park, built over a freeway in downtown Dallas. credit: Helen Anders

BIG BEND: Pam LeBlanc is no stranger to the great outdoors, so she was the perfect person to lace up her hiking boots and scout out these four incredible hikes in the Big Bend area. “Head into that harsh-looking landscape,” she writes, “and you’ll discover a world bursting with beautiful life.”

Rook the cat likes to hike at Chinati Hot Springs

Rook the cat likes to hike with visitors at Chinati Hot Springs in Far West Texas. credit: Chris LeBlanc

ROCKPORT, PORT ARANSAS and CORPUS CHRISTI: There’s a wealth of opportunity for fun along the Texas Coast, so Mauri Elbel set out to discover three of its charming towns. “The state’s expansive shoreline,” she writes, “is dotted with sweeping dunes, quaint beach towns, coastal cities and sleepy fishing villages.”

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Rockport’s new and improved larger-than-life mascot, the Big Blue Crab. credit: Mauri Elbel

FREDERICKSBURG: Mauri Elbel also popped out to the Hill Country to spotlight Fredericksburg, which offers a refreshing taste of the simple life. “In this part of Texas,” she writes, “rolling hills striped with vineyards and unobstructed horizons graced with spectacular sunsets create a breathtaking backdrop to sip and savor the local flavors.”

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Peach season typical runs from mid-May through the first week of August. Kids will love picking their own at several orchards in and around Fredericksburg. credit: Mauri Elbel

GALVESTON: I always love a good trip to Galveston, but what’s surprised me in recent visits is the variety of free and cheap options it offers. I had a great time checking out everything from taffy pulling demonstrations to sea turtle tours — all of which you can do without spending a dime.

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Visitors to Galveston can take a free self-guided tour of more than two dozen intricate tree sculptures. credit: Kristin Finan

Wherever your spring and summer take you, I hope you get a chance to drive the open roads, hop into a middle-of-nowhere swimming hole and eat some delicious Texas fare. Have a favorite Texas trip you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it; send me a note at kfinan@statesman.com. Happy travels!


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