Before my tortuous trek through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu, I was told I’d be changed by the experience. And, indeed, the spirits moved me.
Spend a long weekend this spring meandering through Texas’ fabled heartland, where you can stop and smell the wildflowers, taste country cooking, and take home a trunkful of fine antiques.
One of the country’s top photographers traveled around his home state to capture these stunning portraits of exotic animals on display.
Coming Soon: Groacho MarxThe Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum, Plano. Michael Bohdan, who calls himself Cockroach Dundee, runs the museum at his pest-control business, featuring such exhibits as H. Ross Peroach and Liberoche, a dead roach covered with sequins sitting at a miniature piano topped by a candelabra.If It’s Closed,
In a remote Mexican bay, you can touch a forty-ton gray, watch her lovely, enormous baby rub playfully against your boat, and ponder the mysteries of the natural world.
. . . but can it last? That’s what Galveston officials are wondering as they put the finishing touches on a nearly $6 million renourishment project—just in time for hurricane season.
Travel InfoBefore you go, write or call the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (Box 3500, South Padre Island 78597; 800-343-2368) and load up on the helpful brochures; or on your way in, stop at the Visitors Center at 600 Padre Boulevard.When to GoDepending on the time of year,
Our complete guide to a great vacation on South Padre Island: the best spot for tanning, who serves the freshest seafood, how to rent scuba gear, where to see the prettiest sunset, and more.
In 1990 the state banned the use of dogs to hunt deer. Ever since, a rogue group of East Texas hunters has exacted a fiery revenge.
A complete guide to the coolest stretch of the Guadalupe: 22 miles of tubing, rafting, and all-around fun in the sun.
Want to golf this summer on three of the best-designed, least expensive courses in the world? Swing on down to los cabos, mexico.
Now is the time to visit New Mexico, where the A-bomb exploded on the scene half a century ago.
Music and dance define Veracruz, the city with the stongest coffee and the freshest seafood in Mexico.
Forget the Alamo. The real spirit and history of Texas come alive at San Antonio’s eighteenth-century churches.
Riding the rapids of Texas’ last major unpolluted river is dangerous enough. But trample the private property around it and you could really get hurt.
Glimpses of jaguars, toucans, and black orchids reward the intrepid traveler in the unspoiled wilds of Belize.
Welcome to Puerto Escondido, where you can ride magnificent waves, hook a sailfish, or do absolutely nothing.
More people visit San Antonio’s River Walk than the Alamo. Here’s why—our complete guide to the sights, restaurants, shops, and lore of Texas’ most popular urban park.
With ancient ruins, exotic foods, and native wares, Oaxaca is a one-stop get-away for heat-plagued Texans.
With its wildflowers, Texas history, and romantic B&Bs, Washington County is an enchanted April getaway.
For an off-beat trip, head to Glen Rose, home of dinosaur tracks, exotic animals, a creationism museum, and lots more.
A cool mariachi bar (in Juárez), tasty lake bass (in Cuidad Acuña), terrific shoes and boots (in Reynosa), and other secrets of border travel.
On the three days before Lent, amid clouds of smoke and the sounds of musket fire, this tiny town is the site of Mexico’s most chaotic carnaval.
Want to see millions of migrating monarchs on their annual winter getaway? Wing on down to Mexico.
Now is the time to check out newly stylish hotels and restaurants in West Texas. Tourists aren’t far behind.
This will be our routine, I’m sorry to report. Very early every morning, at an hour when the Mogollon Mountains are still velvety silhouettes against the star-smeared sky and the predawn tranquility of the Gila Wilderness has swallowed us into the deepest valley of our dreams, we will be
The route to Mexico’s Real de Catorce is not for the faint of heart, but there is more than light at the end of the tunnel.
You don’t need to travel to Vermont to see fall splendor. Discover it in the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas’ undiscovered national park.
The Mound Builders’ ancient works survived wind, rain, and looters. Now they face a worse peril: state bureaucrats.
For business travelers with reservations about big-city hotels, bed and breakfasts suddenly have staying power.
If you want to see the real Texas, take a little extra time, turn off the interstates, and ride these alternate routes.
When mountain lions started turning up, the Sierra Club said, “Save them!” Ranchers said, “No way!”
In Chiapas—Mexico’s wildest state—you can find cowboys, Indians, and ancient cities in the mist.
It may be more than 800,000 acres, but you can easily cut Big Bend down to size. Here’s how.
Five years ago, rabies was rare in South Texas. Now nearly three hundred animals have died and the epidemic is not abating.
Deepwater Gulf shrimp get all the press, but the sweetest, most succulent shrimp in Texas come from the bays.
From longtime locals to environmentalists, everyone has an opinion about the future of Caddo Lake—but the issues they’re debating are as murky as the lake itself.
Brownsville’s Sabal Palm Grove has it made in the shade.
Deaths among rare rhinos leave scientists scratching their heads.
A summer guide to the coolest place in Texas: the Davis Mountains.
Starting in 1923, Beaumont businessman John Gavrelos carved out a realm of his own at his J&J Steak House on the Eastex Freeway. Gavrelos died in 1979, but his Eye of the World, a tiny museum appended to the side of the restaurant, still lures visitors with its enigmatic jumble
The face of Dallas’ most eclectic neighborhood changes every day, but its appeal remains familiar—and it keeps getting stronger.
How to beat the heat, find the food, and master the coasters at Texas’ four big theme parks.
Up close and personal with our expanding entomological universe.
A trip to the Hill Country’s quirky gems will cool your city sensibilities.
Water acts may ebb and flow, but since 1950 the polyester-clad mermaids at San Marcos’ Aquarena Springs have barely had time to keep their heads above water. Their subaquatic dances are a tribute to the popularity of such swimming celebrities as Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller, a testament to
The Choctaw Nation’s cavernous hall accommodates a weekly flood of fanatical game players.
From the YMCA pool to the ocean blue, I’ve always been at peace in the deep.
Three Spanish missions are El Paso’s own heaven on earth.
An ethnic club’s new home brings a touch of Germany to San Antonio.