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Texas is blessed with great geographic and cultural diversity. The state's deserts, mountains, beaches, lakes, forests, canyons and plains provide opportunities for endless exploration. On our travel page, you can find travel articles from the magazine, travel videos and other travel resources.


From Our Pages: Travel Articles

Love at Second Sight

Texas cities are embracing their rivers again. read more

Courage and a Rope

Big Bend canyoneering provides high adventure for expert rock climbers. read more

Best of Texas 2014: Photographers' Choice

Photographers share their love of Texas' natural wonders. read more

Garden of Wonder

Dallas Arboretum’s new attraction brings kids into an interactive garden. read more

Get Coastal!

What to see and do all along the Texas coast. read more

Best of Texas 2013

TPWD partners share their love of Texas’ natural wonders. read more

Birding the Rio Grande Valley

I am a fledgling birder, a neotropical neophyte. Yet I burn with a passion to see — down misty trails and through the bright holes of dark blinds — the fabulous spectacle and diversity of the bird world. read more

Best of Texas (Naturally): Outdoor Favorites for 2012

Last year, we brought you a selection of Texas’ natural favorites picked by our Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine staff. This year, we asked our colleagues across the agency for their picks. read more

Red River Recollections

Texas’ northern boundary river weaves through history, culture and geography. read more

Deep, Dark and Dangerous

The nation's deepest known underwater cave system lures expert divers. read more

Paddle On!

The state's paddling trails make it easier for kayakers and canoeists to glide through bays or cruise down rivers. read more

Nature Tourism Success Stories

From Canadian to Corpus, innovative groups have found ways to turn Texas’ natural wonders into economic windfalls. read more

25 Outdoor Favorites for 2011

Whether you like to bike, hike, swim or fish, enjoy the beautiful, the odd, the traditional, the unforgettable and the just-plain fun of the Texas outdoors with these staff picks. read more

Camping With a Crowd

With some planning and an appetite for fun, eight families come together for a campout full of memories at Colorado Bend State Park. Over the years, the campers have learned a few things about enjoying camping in a group. read more

Dream Ride at Big Bend Ranch

Fueled by adrenaline, coffee and a full breakfast, we quickly fell into pace on the smooth trail leading into Big Bend Ranch State Park from the East Contrabando trailhead near the town of Lajitas. Soundless except for the buzz of our wheels, we rode the first hour through lush stands of mesquite and creosote as the East Main Trail unfurled before us like a desert carpet, leading northward toward Fresno Canyon into a majestic world of mountains, arroyos and springs. read more

Walking the Spine of the Franklin Mountains

I didn’t have the most difficult one-day trek in Texas in mind when I first set eyes on the Franklin Mountains 40 years ago. read more

30 Cheap Getaways

It may be tempting to stay home and watch the Travel Channel instead of forking over the cash for an extended vacation. But even a mini-vacation can do wonders for your stress level and overall outlook on life. We’ve put together the following one- and two-day trips to help you enjoy the great outdoors without draining your savings account. read more

10 Favorite Texas Beaches

With 367 miles of gulf shoreline and 3,300 miles of bay beaches, Texas offers more than enough opportunities to enjoy all sorts of seaside sports and activities ... or simply to bask in isolation. In all, some 60 recreational beaches — managed by cities, counties, and state and federal agencies — dot the Texas Gulf Coast. read more


3 Days in the Field: Travels around the state


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Birding the Upper Coast

Hummingbirds on Parade in Rockport

Starry, Starry Nights in West Texas

Adventures in Cowtown

Central Texas Trio: Whitney, Clifton, Meridian

Weekend Getaway in Wichita Falls

Uvalde Adventure

South Padre's Watery Wonderland

Streets of Laredo

A South Texas Christmas in Victoria and Goliad

A Capital Time in Austin

The Allure of Eagles at Lake Buchanan

Art + Nature = Marfa

Stopover at Big Spring

A Vintage Good Time in Grapevine

Celebrating Lady Bird's 100th in LBJ Country

Mammoths and More in Waco

Peace and Solitude at Chinati Hot Springs

At the Top of Texas in Dalhart

Relaxed and Refreshed in Blanco

Woodland Treasures in Lufkin

Galveston's Indomitable Spirit

Panhandle Pleasures in Muleshoe

The Red Rock Country of Caprock Canyons

Walk Through the Bottomlands: Lake Jackson

Weekend in Aggieland

Lake Texoma: Red River Refuge

Something for Everyone in Brownwood

A Zip Through Athens

Trip to the Tip of Texas

Nature Meets Art: San Angelo

Suburban Paradise: Southwest Travis County

Escape to Huntsville

History and Horticulture in Nacogdoches

Follow in the Footsteps of Dinosaurs in Glen Rose

Our Own 'Grand' Canyon: Palo Duro

The Mind-Bending Coastal Bend: Corpus Christi

In the Thick of It: Big Thicket National Preserve

Primeval Paradise: Caddo Lake

Healing Waters: Mineral Wells

German Jewel: Fredericksburg

Birds over Broadway: Granbury

Hello, Helotes

Boerne Journey

Quiet Comfort


Travel on TPWD video

Window to the Universe: McDonald Observatory

Telescopes cast an eye out to the heavens.

Paddling Trails of Texas

Paddle along as we explore some of the state's best paddling trips.

Outdoor Clubbing

Outdoor adventure clubs are gaining popularity around the state.

State Park Volunteer Vacation

Volunteers come from all across the country to put in a week's worth of hard labor building trails.

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