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Road Trips from Austin: Weekend Destinations

As fun as it is to spend a few days in Austin, author Andy Rhodes suggests that you consider taking a weekend road trip to experience more Central Texas culture. With ideas like enjoying barbecue in Lockhart or fishing in Lake Buchanan, you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time.

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Beat the Heat and Have a Blast in Houston This Summer

Despite Houston’s high humidity and triple-digit temperatures, the city offers plenty of air-conditioned excitement and outdoor activities to beat the heat. Visitors can explore the extensive Museum District, discover nationally acclaimed restaurants, or play gulf-based water sports on nearby Galveston Island. Get ready for some fun in Bayou City this summer!

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Hollywood in Texas: Austin on the Silver Screen

For most of the past decade, MovieMaker magazine has named Austin among the top moviemaking cities in the country. More than 350 major features and made-for-TV movies have been filmed in Austin over the past 20 years, and hundreds of commercials and independent projects have also used the capital city as a backdrop. Here are some fun facts about the city’s presence on the silver screen.

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Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Eastern Texas

One of only three Indian reservations in Texas, the Alabama-Coushatta reservation represents the distinctive heritage of this small yet proud group. At one time the tribe offered tours, a museum, and cultural events for tourists; unfortunately, they are no longer operating. Regardless, visitors are encouraged to spend time at the reservation’s campground or fishing on Lake Tombigbee.

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Piney Woods: The Natural Heart of East Texas

Comprised of several national forests and not much else, most of this vast area remains as it has for centuries, when Native American tribes and pioneers hunted wild game in the dense woods by day and slept under the canopy of pine boughs by night.

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Discover the Vibrant Character of Texas

Texas has an independent spirit unmatched across the globe. Its people, like its landscapes, are rugged, fiery, captivating, and endearing. Andy Rhodes gives an overview of the Lone Star State and its spirit.