The Day the Music Died

by Susan McKee on January 28, 2019

Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas (Phoro courtesy of City of Lubbock)

February 3, 1959 — sixty years ago — a small plane crashed into a snowy farm field near Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane’s pilot died, along with singer/musicians Ritchie Valens, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Buddy Holly. The first two have faded from memory, but Buddy Holly, just 22 when he died, has […]


Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail Celebrates Texas Wine

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 2, 2017

Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the U.S., and Grapevine has served as a trendsetter and leader with award-winning wineries and winemakers. Grapevine is home to the premier Urban Wine Trail in [easyazon_link identifier=”B00K9W24KI” locale=”US” tag=”thetravelersway-20″]Texas[/easyazon_link], as well as the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the […]


Birding in the Lone Star State

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 14, 2016

Thanks to its incredible diversity of more than 540 bird species, Texas is widely considered to be America’s birding capital. The variety is further enriched by the convergence of three major migratory paths and an amazing range of habitat types. From well-known birding sites to off-the-beaten-path local hotspots, grab your binoculars and prepare to experience […]


Dig Into Prehistoric Texas On Prehistoric Trail

by Anthony Manzanares on September 2, 2016

  Texas may have become a state in 1836, but the land that is Texas has been around a lot longer—approximately 600 million years. Over time, earthquakes and volcanoes pushed and pulled the land, creating mountains and inland seas that became habitats for early reptiles and mammals. Take your own trip back in time to […]


A Texas-Sized Kayaking Adventure

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 12, 2015

With more than 600 expansive miles of coastline, there’s no better way to take in the Texas Gulf Coast than by water. Boating may be the conventional way to make the journey, but for those looking for an exhilarating adventure and an intimate encounter with the coast’s natural treasures, nothing compares to a kayaking trip. […]


Awesome American Theme Parks

by Guest Contributor on July 25, 2013

Millennium Force at Cedar Point Ohio

When they talk about Americans “super-sizing”, they’re not just referring to their fast food. Somehow everything in America seems to be done on a much larger scale, from supermarkets to cars, festivals to movie special effects. And the same is very much true of American theme parks. These incredible places are visited by millions of […]


Kidcation Week Debuts in August in San Antonio, Texas

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 25, 2013

This summer, San Antonio turns into a citywide playground for kids and families with the city’s first-ever Kidcation Week, August 12-18, 2013. Kidcation Week provides families a chance to closeout summer with one last jam-packed adventure. Visitors can look forward to exclusive kids programming and events, free entertainment and deals at hotels, attractions, shops, and […]


RV Museum: Quirky in Texas

by Susan McKee on February 6, 2013

It’s easy to understand the lure of the open road in west Texas, where the horizon is a long, straight drive in any direction. Drivers need gasoline, so, in the early ’70s, Jack Sisemore decided to open a gas station in Amarillo — the Panhandle town right on storied Route 66, which connected Chicago with […]


Exploring Museums, Art & Culture in the Lone Star State

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 7, 2012


For a getaway to enjoy magnificent museums, significant art influences, and momentous history, head to the lone star state of  Texas.  Whether in the heart of one of Texas’ dynamic cities or in a quaint, authentic country or coastal town, travelers will be able to visit world-class exhibits, explore the soul of Texas and observe […]

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Houston: We Have An Art Scene

by Lanee Lee on June 22, 2012

Let’s play a word association game. I say Houston, you think. . . oil, NASA or maybe the Astrodome. A contemporary art scene on par with New York City or London probably did not come to mind.  On a recent visit to H-Town to cover the internationally renowned FotoFest, the level of art available everyday […]