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Texas Legends

Explore the great classic hits of the Lone Star state.

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Overview:  Looking for the Texas mythologized onscreen and in stories: a place filled with cowboys, outlaws, and Lone Star pride.

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Points of Interest

Music strikes a note in Austin, known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” so dance your way to this bar for blues, country rock, and rockabilly sounds.

1315 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
United States

(512) 441-2444

Located in the modern bohemian neighborhood of South Congress (or SoCo), the über-hip San José Hotel has 40 sleek, minimalist guest rooms with earthy tones, warm woods, and simple, modern lines. A serene garden of native Texas plants has crushed granite pathways linking lobby/lounge, courtyard, and pool. Locals join guests at the lounge to sip... More

This Archer City gem is run with impeccable hospitality by Mary Slack. Every room is named after a McMurtry novel or character, and his books are liberally displayed all over the house. Even the old literary journals, thoughtfully piled up beside the beds, belonged to the great Texas writer.

225 W. Main
Archer City, Texas
United States

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Walking around the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum at the University of Texas is a touching experience. For there, among the Disneyfied kitsch (a life-size, moving doll of LBJ telling corny jokes), is a record of achievements that puts today’s politicians to shame. It was this Texan, after all, who signed the bills giving poor Americans... More

5. Lyndon Baines Johnson Ranch

At the LBJ Ranch, outside of Johnson City in the Hill Country, where Johnson was born and died, everything is being restored to the way it was during his presidency. After his retirement, he liked to show visitors around himself, like a docent of his own life. He would recall how he used to sit on the porch of that beloved house, or by the... More

A reverential tone is everywhere in the mission itself, from the trinkets in the gift shop to the admonitions on the wall asking visitors to keep their voices down, as though this were a church, which, in a sense, it is. A quick look at the historical material for sale shows that here, too, myth has intruded, for the movies feature the John Wayne ... More