Spring Day Trips

Conroe Is Full of Surprises

Barbecue, breweries, and walking all of it off in the Sam Houston National Forest.

02/25/2019 By Morgan Kinney

Happy Trails

Where to Run, Walk, and Bike in Houston Right Now

We’re currently sitting on more than 100 miles of paths and trails. And there’s more—a lot more—on the way. So, come on! Get out there and explore.

01/28/2019 Edited by Gwendolyn Knapp

Happy Trails

We Run This Town: Our Favorite Houston Trails

You’ve stretched out your hammies, leashed up your good dogs, and are ready to crank out the mileage. But where to?

01/28/2019 By Gwendolyn Knapp

The High Life

This Summer's Guide to the Coolest Mountain Getaways

It’s hot, Houston. Head for the hills—no, make that mountains.

06/21/2017 By Catherine Matusow, Katharine Shilcutt, Cindy Hirschfeld, and Melissa Fields

Hill Country Guide

Climb to the Sky in Garner State Park

The trails might be challenging, but they're worth it.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Get Out

Texas State Parks Get Even More Accessible with a New App

Find a swimming hole near you, book your campsites online and always travel with a trail map in your pocket with the recently released TPWD app.

03/02/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Fitness Friday

Backpacking 101: How to Avoid Rookie Mistakes

These five pitfalls could derail your outdoor adventure.

02/17/2017 By Andrea Park

Travel

4 Reasons to Budget for a Trip to Billings

Montana's Magic City may be the farthest destination from your mind when planning your next vacation, but maybe it shouldn't be.

01/13/2017 By Bryce Dodds

Get Out

The Texas State Park Camping Trips You Need to Book Now

Campsite reservations fill up fast at these state park favorites.

12/23/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Travel

Vacationing on a Budget? Seek Out Southern New Mexico

Whether it's hiking in Dripping Springs, relaxing in hot springs or sledding sand dunes, there's something for everyone near Mesilla.

12/21/2016 By Kyndall Krist

Travel

5 Reasons to Take that Trip to Tucson

It's not always easy to get there from Houston, but The Old Pueblo is worth the flight.

12/06/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Off-Season Oasis

5 Fun Reasons to Head to Uvalde County This Fall

Tubing season on the Frio is coming to a close, but fall is the best time to visit Garner State Park and other Hill Country destinations.

08/30/2016 By Kyndall Krist

Wild West

10 Things You Must See, Do and Eat Near Big Bend National Park

If you have a week, you can explore the best West Texas has to offer.

06/17/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Happy Hikers: Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Don't mind the alligators—no, seriously.

04/28/2016 By Nick Esquer

It's Only Natural

Need a Break from Your Vegas Vacation? Try a National Park

Four of the country's most scenic national parks are within an easy drive from Sin City.

04/25/2016 By Bill Wiatrak

The Friendly Skies

Direct Flight of the Week: El Paso

Because let's face it, you're never going to drive to this city of extremes—but you should visit.

02/12/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Stay the Night at the Lake Houston Wilderness Park

The only City of Houston park to allow overnight camping has more in store than just a few cabins.

01/29/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Under 100

100 Miles of Less: Get Off the Grid in the Big Slough

Ever wondered what Texas looked like before we paved a bunch of it?

01/26/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Biking the Anthills in Terry Hershey Park

Take in 500 unspoiled acres of Buffalo Bayou from your bike.

01/22/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Open Road

Palo Duro Canyon, Second to None

Enjoy the silence, the breathtaking views and the “Smithsonian of Texas”—just 599 miles away.

07/09/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt