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The Scenic Route - What's New from Texas Highways Magazine
A boy jumps into the water off a rope swing
The rope swing at Landa Park in New Braunfels. Photo by Will van Overbeek.

We're taking you on the scenic route.

As a reader of Texas Highways, you probably share our appreciation for taking the long way home. This love of exploring Texas’ ever-evolving array of attractions is the inspiration for The Scenic Route, our new email newsletter. We’ve sent you something similar to this email for the past several months, in place of our events roundup. In addition to bringing back the events email, we’re now making The Scenic Route a permanent offering, giving you a selection of travel stories and timely news articles from our website.

If you aren’t interested in receiving The Scenic Route, you can manage your account via the “Preferences” link at the bottom of this email. We hope you enjoy reading our new newsletter, along with your print edition of Texas Highways. As always, please let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see. You can send feedback by replying to this email or contacting us at letters@texashighways.com.

A truck in a grassland under a blue and purple sky

Photo by Brandon Weaver

"Dirtbagging" the Public Lands of Texas

Federally owned land offers free camping opportunites in the Panhandle and Piney Woods.

Writer and photographer Brandon Weaver sets off on a seven-day "dirtbagging" journey, recording his experiences and tales along the way.

Dusk sky with brightly glowing full moon

Photo by Will van Overbeek

McDonald Observatory and Big Bend Communities are Forming the World’s Largest Dark-Sky Preserve

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.

To preserve dark skies, local governments in the Trans-Pecos region have voted to adopt lighting standards that shield or cover lights.

Exterior of a brick grocery store with "The Get Go" sign

Photo by J. Griffis Smith

5 Small-Town Grocery Stores to Shop During Your Next Road Trip

No road trip across Texas is complete without stopping for roadside eats. Whether you’re headed to the ranch or the river, stock your cooler with treats from Texas’ great local markets.

A man with a bright orange beard holds an electric guitar

Courtesy ZZ Top, Bob Merlish

Remembering Bassist Dusty Hill, the Foundation of ZZ Top’s Enduring Texas Groove

As a tribute to 72-year-old Joe Michael Hill—better known as Dusty Hill of ZZ Top—writer-at-large Joe Nick Patoski recalls the bassist's impact on music history.


DID YOU KNOW: Amarillo is known as the “Helium Capital of the World.” Located just 12 miles out of the city, the Federal Helium Reserve is the only helium storage facility in the world. The reserve is currently owned by the Bureau of Land Management until Sept. 30, 2021.

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