Texas Off The Beaten Path

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Texas Off The Beaten Path

  • Unique / Unusual / One-Of-A-Kind

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    Just southwest of Houston is the George Ranch in Richmond, TX. I've never been but am including this tip because many travelers want to see an "old west" or "cowboy" side of Houston -- which nowadays, is hard to come by unless it's Rodeo time. According to the web site, the ranch offers vistors: - The struggles of early pioneers to Texas at the...

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  • Parks / Lakes

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    I decided to walk from West Village to Mansion on Turtle Creek. Tell you the truth I didn't see anything interesting about Mansion; however, I discovered nice park area along the creek with tall fashionable buildings. Try Turtle Creek Dr and Cedar Springs to see new condominium buildings with prices of condos counting in millions. I know I don't...

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  • Lakes & Water

    Austin Off The Beaten Path

    Just about 10 miles south of Austin you'll find the beautiful crystal clear river in San Marcos "Rio Vista Falls" Because it is spring fed it has a constant year round water temperature of about 76 degrees. Recently redeveloped by a kayaker enthusiast. There are now three falls and a nice grassy area for sunbathing. You can also rent tubes for a...

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  • Art / Architecture / Beauty

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    "Life is suffering" is one of the premises of Buddhism, but escape the hustle and bustle of Houston by visiting the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1989 and situated in SW Houston, this Temple serves the spiritual needs of its members and also functions as a Buddhist study and research center for many educational institutions, including Rice...

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  • Other CITIES

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    There are various reasons you may head South when you leave Dallas. Most people want to do the Texas trifecta, heading from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, south through Austin to San Antonio. On this journey, there are a ton of neat little towns to stop in, including Luling, Salado, Gruene, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and many others. One of the...

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  • Weird Austin

    Austin Off The Beaten Path

    In Austin across from the UT campus, there is a road named Guadalupe, also known as 'the drag.' On the side of the Baja Fresh building, there is a frog which could be dismissed as graffitti but actually has a story behind it. An Austin musician named Daniel Johnston drew it on the side of the building. According to a Baja press release, "This art...

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  • Day Trip

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    A beautiful piece of Texan land preserved with typical bayous (river or wet land in Southern US english) and forests, nested in a bend of the river Brazos. Ideal location to observe alligators (best season is spring) and birds. This is a birder's paradise as this area attracts birds all-year long, including many migratory birds. You can see an...

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  • Texas Cattle

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    When I was in Dallas at the Convention Center in 1997, I saw this park and took some pictures here. One of them is on my Dallas Intro page. It is Pioneer Plaza, the world's largest bronze sculpture of its kind and it depicts a cattle drive of 3 cowboys and 50 steers. Each piece was created by artist Robert Summers of Glen Rose, TX. This 4.2-acre...

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  • Parks & Hiking

    Austin Off The Beaten Path

    Located 32 miles west of Austin in the Blanco country, this is a perfect park to go hiking through its 20miles of trails. Take the US290 west and then North on FM3232. Entrance is about 5$ a day. More details and a map are available from their website.

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  • Galveston / Galveston Bay

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    Drive down 288 until you can't go anymore, through Freeport,TX there is a lovely spot of raw ocean beach. The road ends and while you drive out onto the sand it almost looks like you are driving straight into the ocean for a moment. Park and have fun away from all the tourists! Our kids have a blast here-hardly anyone around and who knew you could...

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  • Crown Hill Cemetery

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    This place is horrible! If I hadnt of had a family member donate a plot, I would have never put my son there! The apartments behind it, the fence is down and everyone walks through with no regards to the plots. Ive had things stolen from there and the grass grown over my sons headstone. Theres absolutely no respect! You dont get any help from the...

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  • Mount Bonnell

    Austin Off The Beaten Path

    Austin's Mt. Bonnell is one of Austin's oldest tourist attractions being documented as far back as 1850. It is the highest point within Austin City Limits at 785 feet. A wonderful place to picnic in the sun, Mt. Bonnell contains views of Town Lake and the Pennybacker Bridge as well as wonderful vistas of downtown. The area is a short hike from the...

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  • Food / Drink

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    This is a great neighborhood, joint where you can get home mexican food 24-hours a day. That means after you leave the downtown bars at 2am, take your last $7 to the Spanish Flower in the Heights. You won't be dissapointed!

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  • Tours

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    You read about, see and utilize the products...the pink cars are everywhere, so when visiting Dallas, why not stop by the headquarters facility and visit the offices of Mary Kay. The building is gorgeous and Mary Kay's office is magnificent...not to mention she had a wonderful view of the city.

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  • Nature

    Austin Off The Beaten Path

    Zilfer Botanical garden is very much like the other botanical gardens. It has flowers, bamboo, and in general pretty landscaping. I reccomend going for everyone except disabled people. Children will like the dinosaurs. Couples wil like the romantic atmosphere. Anyone should be able to appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and beauty of the...

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  • Kemah Boardwalk

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    The Boardwalk at Kemah (45 South) is a walkway on the water with about 10 restaurants, live music, fountains, small train, some of the minor carnival activities. Sure bring the kids but then come early on the week-ends so they don't have to wait and drive you crazy. Lots of atmosphere and romantic for a date. I got tickled.

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  • Combined Suggestions

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    Arlington has 6 Flags Amusement Park Irving has horse races. Fort Worth and the cowboys. Crawford Ranch has George W Bush and his ranch. (hehe) SouthFork Ranch and JR and much more. Sports teams like Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks and Stars. Please visit my other pages of Texas for more information. There is so much more to Texas. :o)

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  • Driving Around

    Austin Off The Beaten Path

    While on Facebook a friend had Liked a website called www.roadsideamerica.com. It seemed to be kitschy places around the US so I clicked Austin and thought I might go see something quirky. Turns out I found THIS fun place just a few streets down from my apartment. This dead tree was carved into the University of Texas at Austin's "HOOK EM" hand...

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  • San Jacinto State Park

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    INFORMATION In 1948, the Battleship TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the Texas was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife and is...

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  • Deep Ellum

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    Deep Ellum has been often described as a 'little New Orleans and Southern SoHo' - It is trendy and zaney and very unique. The shops you will see there are even decorated in a very colourful manner. This is the place for pyschic's, tattoo shops as well as individual nightlife and restaurants. Deep Ellum is the modern eclectic side of Dallas. Deep...

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  • Festivals / Concerts

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    At Sam Houston Park, there's an annual Jazz festival held where you can walk around and listen to different Jazz performers. This is a popular event, and worth checking out. Timings are normally announced in advance, ask your concierge or any of the locals if it's on when you're in Houston

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  • Churches / Schools

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    Perkins Chapel was built in the 1950’s originally for the worship needs of Protestants. In the lat 1990’s the Perkins-Prothro family consulted with the Catholic campus ministry and donated funds for a complete renovation. The renovated Perkins Chapel has come to unite both Protestants and Catholics at SMU. The chapel has earned a Preservation...

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  • Clear Lake

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    The Johnson Space Center, where NASA astronauts train, is located in the Clear Lake area. There is consequently the highest concentration in America of astronauts in this little SW corner of Houston. So, if you are interested in seeing an astronaut, for whatever it could bring you to see one sipping on a beer, there are 3 places where they like to...

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  • Dallas Arboretum / Zoo

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is set beside White Rock Lake, in sight of downtown' Dallas. The Arboretum features 66 superbly landscaped acres of towering trees and fragrant gardens circling lush lawns. There's something to see year 'round, from the gorgeous blooms of springtime to the vivid colors of fall. More in my White Rock...

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  • Shopping / Sports / Recreation

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    Inside the Galleria is a full sized ice rink, just in case a game of hockey needs to break out. Also with every rink of ice, you will need a zamboni, which they do in fact have. There is public skating, as well as lessons for figure skating, first time skaters, and even hockey matches!

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  • Festivals

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    Big Tex stands tall out near the front entrance. The ferris wheel (see picture on main page) is also an attraction. The fairgrounds are very clean, though perhaps too structured as compared to other state fairs I've attended.

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  • NASA Johnson Space Center

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    One of the disapointments of the visit was that the stop at the Missile park at the end tour was canceled because a thunderstorm was moving into the area. I did get this distant shot of the rocket from the trolley that you ride on in the tour.

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  • Hartman Suspension Bridge

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    Southeast of Houston and east of Baytown is the Fred Hartman Suspension Bridge. The several shots that I got of this bridge are all from a moving vehicle with me driving! You can't pull off of the road on the bridge to take a pic.

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  • Giant cross monument, Groom, Texas

    Heading east from Amarillo on I-40 in the Texas panhandle you will come to a giant cross at Groom on the south side of the Interstate. Do take a few minutes and stop. There is more to it. The story of Jesus' Passion is told in several stations. It is quite uplifting, and you will be glad you stopped.

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  • Fort Duncan Museum: Eagle Pass, Texas

    Fort Duncan was established in 1849, as one of five posts along the Texas/Mexico border on the Rio Grande. The town of Eagle Pass, Texas, owes it's existance to the fort, which was occupied by 3 companies of the 1st Infantry regiment. During the Civil War, the post was under control of Confederate troops of the Frontier Regiment. Federal troops...

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  • Texas Blue Star Memorial Highways

    The National Garden Clubs, Inc. have had a program in place to honor service men and women since 1945. It's the Blue Star Memorial Program, and it began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War 11. The following year the National Council of State Garden...

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  • Big Bend Country

    Texas is a large diverse landscape in which you can go through the heat of the desert on one side, to the cold biting freeze of the Piney Woods. If you only get the opportunity to see one of the regions of Texas, you are missing out on the reason we are who we are.One of the very good travel events calendars for the region comes from Texas Highways...

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  • Parrots in Fort Worth

    A few years ago I hear about some parrots that lived on the west side of our city.I thought this could not be true. Parrots like it where it is warm year around.We drove over to where they were supposed to be living and sure enough there was a bunch of birds there with a big condo looking nest.The birds are Monk Parakeets that started out as...

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  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

    The 45,187 acres which comprise Laguna Atascosa (Muddy Lagoon in Spanish) is the wildest place along the South Texas coast. The landscape is a unique blending of temperate, subtropical, costal and desert habitats. Many Mexican plants and animal life reach the northern edge of their range here, while migrating waterfowl and sandhill cranes fly down...

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  • Mineola

    Mineola lies in the East Texas Piney Woods area, around 80 miles east of Dallas in Wood County. Broad Street is the main street (Hwy 80) and is lined with old stores with varied pasts. There are many historic buildings and homes in the town and number of which have been turned into wonderful Bed and Breakfasts. Mineola is known as the 'Gateway to...

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  • Glen Rose

    Glen Rose is southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth and is right at the edge of the Hill Country. In the early days because of the wooded areas, Moonshiners were able to hide their stills during prohibition and Glen Rose became known as the ‘Whiskey Woods Capital’ of Texas.In the 1930s, dinosaur tracks were uncovered by the formation of the Paluxy River....

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  • Palestine

    Palestine has an abundance of historical building and homes, over 1800 in all and second only to Galveston. The Texas State Railroad also is quite an attraction there with antique steam engines and cars operating from March through to October on a 25.5 mile route to Rusk (and return). The trip is through dense East Texas woodlands and hardwood...

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  • Athens

    Athens is 73 miles south east of Dallas and is the largest city and county seat of Henderson County. Indians inhabited the area during prehistoric times. Over time, fossil remains of extinct horses and camels have been unearthed as well as pottery and remnants of an aboriginal culture which existed along the Trinity River thousands of years ago.The...

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  • Georgetown

    Georgetown is in the centre of Williamson County, about 26 miles north of Austin and is known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. The flowers came to Georgetown almost 80 years ago when a WWI soldier fighting in Europe sent his mother in Georgetown a packet of red poppy seeds from Flanders Field. She planted them and the seeds have propagated over...

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  • Forney

    Forney is surprisingly known as being the “Antique Capital of Texas” with more than 150 dealers in the area. There is quite a strip of them running parallel to Hwy 80 with all kinds of imaginable bits and pieces. Forney itself is quite a quaint little town with some great old style homes but the outer areas are fast being developed and it won’t be...

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  • Terrell

    Terrell lies in the north east section of Texas, about 30 miles east of Dallas. There are still remnants of Terrells prosperous 1880's cotton era found around the railways tracks. There are some wonderfully restored old Victorian homes from Terrells prosperous days. R.A. Terrell House (c.1860-65) is on the campus of Southwestern Christian College...

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  • McKinney

    McKinney is in Collin County, just 20 miles north of Dallas. McKinney has over 1,700 historic homes and buildings and the town has earned a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Apart from its history, there are also more than 100 specialty shops, antique stores and restaurants in and around the historic downtown area. During 1866...

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  • Bonham

    Bonham is one of the oldest towns in Texas, some will tell you it is THE oldest. It is certainly the oldest in the Red River Valley region. Bonham is famous for Sam Rayburn, the town's most illustrious son. A statesman, congressman and a major influence of the 20th century. From 1906 he held elective office for 55 consecutive years and was elected...

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  • Greenville

    Greenville is 60 miles Northwest of Dallas in a county which consists of approximately 840 miles of Texas Blackland Prairie. Greenville was a leading cotton marketing location and the American Cotton Museum takes you through the history and development of the cotton industry in Hunts County. The town also honours it’s local and national wartime...

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  • Ennis

    The town of Ennis is south east of Dallas metroplex and in its early days, earned a ‘wild west’ reputation with its 13 saloons and six beer halls. It became a stop off place for outlaws such as Cole Younger’s gang and Sam Bass’s gang. In 1873 Czech immigrants started arriving and their influence is still strong in the region today. The Ennis area...

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