Suzy Banks



Since I was a kid growing up on polluted Galveston Bay, I’ve held a grudge against the watery edge of Texas—but no more. Protected wetlands! Pelicans and turtles! Historic buildings! Edible oysters! And that’s not the half shell of it.

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.

Rio de Enero

When the San Antonio River’s downtown stretches are drained for a week each January, the crowds may ebb too. But it’s a perfect time to discover the waterway’s more natural side.

City View

Writer-at-large Suzy Banks discusses what she likes best about Big D and how it compares with Houston.

25 Things I Love About Dallas

Including my favorite movie theater, a wheely big bike trail, a hardware store with knowledgeable clerks (!), and the most sensuous pedicure a girl could ask for.

How Sweet It Is

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.

Track Record

It’s not easy, exactly, but it is possible to get from Texas to places like New Orleans and Chicago on a reasonably comfortable Amtrak train. Just don’t expect to be on time.

Head for the Hills

A friendly bar in Johnson City, a grand old opry in Mason, a cabin with a view of the Sabinal Canyon, and 22 other things I love about the Hill Country.

Staying Power

Not sure where to stay when you go to the Hill Country? Don’t worry. I’ve found the best places, from a historic hotel to a caboose.

Back to the Future

Lured by the lucre of tourism, many small towns can’t resist quainting themselves to death—which is why true-to-itself Fayetteville is such a pleasant place to visit.

Now, Voyager

I’m susceptible to seasickness and sun poisoning, and I hate being part of a herd. So, naturally, I took a cruise.