Jordan Breal

A Fort Worth native, Jordan Breal is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and joined Texas Monthly in February 2005. As the magazines resident travel writer, she spends most of her time on the road in search of Texass most interesting sights, best hotels, and notable eats.
Jordan chronicles her adventures in her monthly column, The Wanderer, as well as a blog of the same name. She has also written about her home state for Fast Company, National Geographic Traveler, and Whole Living, among other publications.


Historic Downtown McKinney

Snap up vintage finds, fancy footwear, and sweet treats as you stroll around this tree-lined square.

Norah Jones


David Lee Garza


East Main Street, Fredericksburg

Narrow your focus to these two blocks of the city’s famed shopping stretch.


On (and off) Route 66, Amarillo.

Impersonating Elvis

Donny Edwards on impersonating Elvis.

Gift Giving

Ginger Reeder on gift giving.

Main Street, Salado

Veer off I-35 to explore this lively stretch of boutiques, bistros, and gift shops galore.

Downtown Llano

Handmade crafts, homey cafes, and cowboy couture make this Hill Country hamlet a browser’s paradise.

Downtown San Angelo

Downtown San Angelo.

Fear Factor

If you really want to scare your boots off this Halloween, take a look at these eight places, which our bloodcurdling, hair-raising, nerve-racking research has determined to be the state’s spookiest.

Historic Downtown Jefferson

Eat and antique your way along the brick-paved streets of this charming East Texas town.


How a modest Corpus Christi burger stand became a Texas icon.