Traveling the Lone Star State


If you’re looking for travel content with wide appeal to the general reader, “Tales from the Trail” presents Texas destination recommendations with a taste of history. From weekend getaways to places readers might otherwise miss along the highway, this weekly 600-word column encourages travelers to look at Texas in a fresh light, with the firsthand perspective of the Texas Heritage Trails Program.


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April 12, 2018  Quanah Parker’s legacy

May 3, 2018  “Sports City USA” Frisco

May 10, 2018  Travel down memory lane: National Travel & Tourism Week

May 17, 2018   Historic Route 66 beckons

May 24, 2018  Memorial Day: Remembrance and recreation

May 31, 2018  Spring into summer

June 7, 2018  “We invite you all to come to Texas!" musical drama

June 14, 2018  Where to take Dad for Father’s Day

July 12, 2018  Saving Route 66 for the Next Century

July 26, 2018  Spur street signs a lesson in history

August 21, 2018  Goodnight’s ‘Castle on the Prairie’ a great destination

September 6, 2018  You ‘herd’ it here: BisonFest 2018 cap-rocks Quitaque

September 20, 2018  Follow the Plains Trail Region on our Texas 52-Step Tour

October 2, 2018  Big Tex welcomes millions to the State Fair of Texas 2018

October 16, 2018  What’s in a trail? Find out at Quanah Oct. 19-20

November 6, 2018  Bells to toll across Texas and the world Nov. 11

November 29, 2018  Home — or away — for the holidays?

January 3, 2019   Winter’s the best season for some West Texas destinations

January 17, 2019  Amid shutdown closures of popular destinations, Dallas’s George W. Bush Presidential Library remains open for a great family trip

January 30, 2019   Sixty years since “The Day the Music Died”

February 27, 2019   On the trail of Texas movies — and movie houses


BARBARA BRANNON  has produced travel, lifestyle, and history features for magazines and newspapers since the 1980s. A former university press managing editor, she has served since 2012 as executive director of the Texas Plains Trail Region, part of the award-winning Texas Heritage Trails Program of the Texas Historical Commission. “Tales from the Trail” appears monthly as a subscription-based newsletter of the Texas Plains Trail and weekly in The Texas Spur newspaper.


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