Tag archives for Texas

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.

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 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

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.

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.

National Geographic Traveler’s February/March issue is on newsstands now. Find out what’s inside…

The Radar: Travel Lately

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 from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately round up.

As you’ll see in the video, I caught The Royalty’s show at Padres in Marfa the other week, and then hung out with them after the show. They offered to give me a tour of their hometown of El Paso, and pointed out some of the city’s lesser-known spots (see below for each band member’s picks). Great band, by the way. Get into them now; it’s sure to give you guaranteed street cred once they hit it big. And they will hit it big.

If you haven’t heard of Donald Judd, don’t feel bad. I didn’t know who he was, either.

That table your laptop is resting on while you read this, the one you bought from that ubiquitous Swedish do-it-yourself store, the one that’s easy to put together because of its clean lines, well, you have Judd to thank for that.

Trying to sum up Austin in seven photos, taken in 48 hours just doesn’t seem right. You can’t hear the music, taste the BBQ, pay tribute to the late Leslie Cochran, dodge the fixed-gear bikes on South Congress, attend Eeyore’s birthday.

San Antonio native Mark “Rev” Smith is all about good, sure, but he also has a secret. You can tell by the way he talks. But what Mark “Rev” Smith doesn’t know is that I know he’s hiding a secret, and I plan on finding it out in three simple steps, with three simple questions.

#FriFotos: Flower Power

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Native Austinite Laurie Felker Jones has traveled through or lived in a multitude of countries on five continents. Now she and her husband are chalking up travel miles on their boat, Mother Jones, as they sail around the Caribbean. In the wake of this year’s SXSW Festival, check out Laurie’s guide to the “live music capital of the world.”

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

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Looking for a good scare—think zombies—or the warm glow of hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns? We’ve got you covered with this list of ten FREE Halloween events in the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite (and free!) Halloween event. Keene…

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Football fans will be flocking to Dallas this weekend to watch the Packers and Steelers face-off in the Super Bowl. No tickets to the game? Fear not. Traveler‘s Dallas City Guide has everything you need to spend an entertaining, football-free weekend in the city. Check out our expansive guide to restaurants, hotels, and cultural events.…

Autism-Friendly Austin

Violet sunsets, a wide variety of live music, a beatnik crew of Longhorn/political/musical/techie/spunky types, and the nation’s largest natural swimming pool in an urban area are sure to keep Texas’ capital all sorts of weird for a long time to come. But for all those working to keep Austin weird, there are just as many…

Lisa A. Walker, a producer with National Geographic Books, is just back from a jam-packed musical weekend at the Austin City Limits Festival. She offers some tips on navigating the weekend-long festival and preparing for your next all-out music event. Check out other travels from National Geographic staffers at our Out of Office series. Festival-goers…

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re kicking off the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Stephanie Hunt, dishing her secrets in San Antonio. Want to share the things that make your city special?…

Update from Far West Texas

Contributing Editor Andrew Nelson is back from a visit to his former digs in West Texas, and uncovered a slate of fun new hotspots. You can follow all of Andrew’s many travels on Twitter at @andrewnelson. True to their contrarian nature, the isolated communities of Far West Texas–Marfa, Alpine, Sanderson and Marathon–seem to march in…

For some, it’s kitsch, Americana, and corn dogs. For others it’s the pinnacle of summer. And for Garrison Keillor, host of widely popular radio show Prairie Home Companion, it was an assignment unlike any other. In this month’s issue of National Geographic, Keillor shares the lessons he learned while visiting six state fairs last summer,…

Traveler photographer Bob Krist recently paid a visit to Paris… Paris, Texas that is. Here, he shares some of the charms of the city on the far, far, left bank of the Seine. It may not be the City of Light, but the world’s second biggest Paris, in northeast Texas, is “worth a sidetrip” (as…