Charlie Llewellin

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San Antonio River

Tourists and natives mingle along its tree-lined concrete walkways far below the fantastical jumble of the downtown skyline.

Llano River

Fly-fishing on this waterway is one of the best ways to surrender to the rugged and beautiful Hill Country.

San Marcos River

Aquarena Springs, which has never gone dry, not even during the worst drought, has been the cradle of life in Central Texas for eons.

Climb Every Mountain

Whether you want to ride a horse, bomb down a mountain-bike trail, hike up a hill, relax in a hot springs, scale the face of a giant granite boulder, or just sit on your tailgate and look at a pretty sunset, there’s a lot to do on and around the peaks of West Texas. So strap on your pack and go!

Springs Eternal

Grab your towel, your sunscreen, and go! Presenting our 25 favorite swimming holes: Barton Springs, Blue Hole, Balmorhea, and other iconic places to lower your core temperature. At least for a couple of hours.

Take a Hike

Travel by foot along these thirty carefully chosen routes—from the South Rim in Big Bend to Lost Maples near Vanderpool—and you’ll take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Texas in ways you never thought possible. Lace up your boots and go.

Tour de Texas

These ten bike routes, some easy and some hard, will help you channel your inner Lance.

Hello to a River

Fourteen of them, actually. From kayaking the Colorado and rock climbing along the Pecos to tubing the Pedernales and birding on the Rio Grande, here are the most enjoyable and exciting things to do on some of our favorite Texas waterways.

On the Road Again—Piney Woods

North from Lufkin to Nacogdoches, east to San Augustine, southwest to Zavalla, west to Diboll, and north to Lufkin.

This Land is Your Land

With more than 600,000 acres of state parks, historic sites, and natural areas, Texas can be a perfect playground for every type of outdoor adventurer—if you know where to go. We do.

Fredericksburg to Amarillo on U.S. 87

Black-chinned hummingbirds, rusting tractors, chuckwagon breakfasts— and a restored brothel.

On the Water Front

Summer’s blast furnace is firing up. Luckily, Texas is a paradise of spring-fed pools, sparkling beaches, and more. Here are our picks for the best places to chill out, get wet, and go off the deep end. Plus extra web-only information!

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