Tag archives for Texas

Doing the Texas Shuffle

More than a thousand dance halls once dotted Texas, most of them built by 19th-century German and Czech immigrants, but time has taken its toll. Urbanization, assimilation, and neglect have silenced all but 400 of these hubs, where jigs, jives, and waltzes once ruled. But, lucky for us, some of the Lone Star State’s dance halls are being preserved, two steps at a time.

10 Reasons to Love Downtown Dallas

Fifteen years ago, the initial in Dallas’s nickname—the Big D—stood for “Deserted.” After 5 p.m., office workers fled the downtown made famous by J.R. Ewing and his oil-pumping clan, leaving nary a soul among its high rises and freeways. Today J.R.’s iconic Dallas Stetson rests in Downtown‘s Old Red Museum, while hundreds of restaurants and a sparkling array of cultural…

Why Locals Love Fort Worth

Eager to uncover authentic Fort Worth, I embarked on my visit by enlisting in-the-know residents as my guides to the best in what to do, see, and eat. Here’s what locals love about the cowboys-and-culture city they proudly call home.

7 Reasons to Visit San Antonio Now

If your memories of San Antonio include a stop at the Alamo and a meal on the River Walk accented by colorful umbrellas and mariachi music, it’s time to visit again.

Pleasure Pedaling on the East Coast

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No need to be an avid cyclist to enjoy a bike ride through stunning scenery

Five UFO Hot Spots in the American Southwest

The dramatic geology and wide-open spaces of the American Southwest lend themselves to UFO activity—imaginary or real—making it one of the top spots for sightings. Roswell, New Mexico, may be the most notable name in extraterrestrial lore, but there are plenty of other hot spots in the region that deserve honorable mentions. Here are five.

More to Remember in Alamo City

San Antonio, Texas, has long been known as the site of the infamous showdown at the Alamo, but the sophisticated city is attracting attention for a lot more these days. A recent $358 million River Walk face-lift connects visitors to downtown and new businesses and outdoor works projects along the river inject new life into this American classic.

10 Holiday Traditions Around the World

For those of us blessed (or cursed) with incurable wanderlust, the allure of an unexplored city or destination is hard to resist. But, this time of year, what I crave is tradition and a deep-rooted sense of home. I asked ten of my most trusted friends around the world about their favorite winter traditions in their home cities, and it put me in a wonderful, festive, globally inspired mood. I hope their stories do the same for you. Happy Holidays!

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

SXSW: Where the World Comes Together

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The South By Southwest festival has evolved into a global fusion of music genres, drawing thousands of artists from dozens of different countries to the Texas capital each March. I was lucky enough to meet up with two unique bands from two very different parts of the world: Frightened Rabbit, an indie rock band based in Scotland, and a Malian desert blues band called Terakaft.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The 10 Best BBQ Joints in America

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.