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Small Towns We Love

Our August issue is devoted to small town Texas. Our annual list of Small Towns to Visit Now includes recommendations for where to stay and what to eat in 10 cities across the state that make perfect weekend getaways. We also explore the idyllic, quirky essence of Lipscomb—population 44. This tiny Panhandle town has managed to preserve a way of life that has largely vanished across the country.

Lastly, contributing writer Michael Mooney communes with the ghosts of Archer City on the 50th anniversary of Hollywood's film adaptation of Larry McMurtry's The Last Picture Show, which was filmed in the North Texas town.

July's river issue resonated with many of our readers—perhaps due to those hot summer temperatures. We’ve compiled writer-at-large Joe Nick Patoski’s river coverage from the last three years, and you can now access guides to the Frio, Nueces, and Blanco rivers all in one convenient place. To complement those stories, we also feature Texas Rivers, the newest book from our friends over at Wildsam, where more freshwater writing by Patoski awaits.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to subscribe to receive these stories before anyone else.  It's also the time of year when you can order our free Texas State Travel Guide. This 200-page guide highlights 400 cities across the state to consider visiting. Happy trip planning!

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10 Small Texas Towns to Visit Now

From old favorites to new offerings, these towns feature hidden gems worthy of a trip.


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There’s far more to the island than sand and sun. Galveston’s museums, world-class attractions, historic architecture, and wealth of experiences make it stand apart from most other coastal cities.

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The Unconventional and Idyllic Life of Lipscomb’s 44 Residents

In tiny Lipscomb, pop. 44, the locals treasure
their rugged Panhandle Camelot. Writer George Getschow discovers the secret to the town's happiness.

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How The Last Picture Show Changed the World’s View of Small Town Texas

Fifty years ago, The Last Picture Show changed the way the world saw small town Texas and, in turn, the way the small town saw itself.

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2021 Texas State Travel Guide


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