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There’s more to Big Bend than the Window and the Mule Ears, just as there’s more to the Big Bend region than the magnificent national park. Here are fifteen can’t-miss things to do the next time you’re in far West Texas, from scuba diving in the waters of Balmorhea and gliding in the clouds above Marfa to floating down the Lower Canyons and soaking in Chinati Hot Springs.
There are any number of fun, adventurous, and unexpected things to do in the Big Bend region of far West Texas. Here are fifteen of my favorites, including scuba diving in Balmorhea, gliding over Marfa, drinking a microbrew in Alpine, horseback riding in Fort Davis, and floating through the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande.
Bored with the same old weekend jaunts? Whether you want to live it up or chow down, get close to history or away from it all, we’ve got your dream destinations. They’ll take you out of town—and out of the ordinary.
From a boutique hotel in hip South Austin to a bed-and-breakfast across the Mexican border, from fly fishing on the Llano River to bathing in the Chinati Hot Springs, 33 getaways the guidebooks don’t tell you about, courtesy of our intrepid staff of weekend warriors.
Want a glorious meadow in your own back yard? Here are some seeds of wisdom about growing Texas’ native flowers.
With a little planning and these gardening tips, growing your own wildflower meadow will become second nature.
We said they were cool. Would you believe cold? But even a late freeze can’t dampen our enthusiasm for peaches, the juiciest crop of the summer.
We Texans go bananas over peaches, buying them by the bushel, making pies and preserves, freezing them for the future. So what are you waiting for? Bite into summer and let the juice dribble down your chin.
With more than 350 miles of coastline in Texas, choosing the perfect getaway can make you want to bury your head in the sand. Where do you go for a family vacation? (Or to avoid kids at all costs?) Who can teach you to surf? (Or to build a massive sand castle?) Never fear. I’ve found the twenty best beaches in the state, from sophisticated resorts to secluded islands. All you need is your bathing suit—and that “novel” you’ve been dying to read.
The best beaches in Texas for—among other summertime pursuits—shelling, strolling, birding, fishing, treasure hunting, turtle herding, solitude, and surfing, dude.
Dripping Springs to Johnson City to Blanco to Fischer to Wimberley to Driftwood to Dripping Springs.
West from Dripping Springs to Johnson City, south to Blanco, southeast to Fischer, east to Wimberley, and north to Dripping Springs.
Victorian splendor in Jefferson, manly minimalism in Archer City: Check into ten charter members of Texas’ inn crowd.
Big, breezy porches in Port Aransas, the only heated pool for miles in Marathon: You’ll get more than just a bed and breakfast at these ten appealing places to stay.
Holding down the fort in San Angelo.
San Angelo’s frontier chic.
With its frontier history and pampered getaways, Graham is riding high.
How the West was fun.
Scuba diving! Heated pools! Giant catfish! This is Athens?
Athens is all wet.