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.
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.
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.
Ten Texas hotels I can recommend without reservations, plus the state’s best rooftop pool, outdoor bar, and more.
Every once in a while, when I come across something so
outrageous, so over-the-toplike Grapevine’s new
Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention CenterI
can’t help myself. I just have to be snotty.
West from Dripping Springs to Johnson City, south to Blanco, southeast to Fischer, east to Wimberley, and north to Dripping Springs.
Sweaty socks, cat urine, dead skunks: Three cheers for having no sense of smell.
Eighty-five incredibly fun things, from movies to museums, that won’t cost you a red cent.