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It's a new year and theme park season in the South has many new thrills. Six Flags Over Texas will debut the Texas SkyScreamer, the world’s tallest swing ride.

This new thrill ride will tower an amazing 400 feet above the ground. Twenty-four guests will board the ride and sit two across in open-air swings as they climb to the top of the tower while spinning round and round.

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At full swing, guests will soar in a 124-foot circle at speeds of 35 mph. By day, riders will enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view that will span across north Texas. By night, the Texas SkyScreamer’s bright lights will beckon guests from near and far.

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One Trip, Two Experiences: Dallas & Fort Worth

One of our freelance travel writers, Georgina Cruz, just visited Dallas, or the Big "D" as it's often called. Georgina gives a roundup of what's to see and do in Dallas, and also explores the world of nearby Fort Worth. Dallas is brash, bold and artistic; its skyline is shown at right. Fort Worth is also modern but with an Old West flair. Just 30 minutes from Dallas by car, you might explore Southfork Ranch of the 1980s tv series, "Dallas" fame. Where's JR?
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Roadtripping through the Texas Hill Country

Texas isn't just about big cities. The state also has a quieter, more rural side. One destination away from the hustle-bustle is the Texas Hill Country. With intense natural beauty, down-home cooking, friendly folks, a western flair and small towns with character, this region easily entices. Considering a visit? Texas freelance writer Sharry Buckner showcases one drive itinerary roundtrip from San Antonio.
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Park It in Texas: The Independence Spirit

Imagine if you had been one of the Texan revolutionaries in Washington, TX, on the day a dispatch arrived from Alamo commander William B. Travis -- reporting his forces were hopelessly outnumbered. Travis urged the revolutionaries to finish writing a constitution and declaring independence from Mexico. As they did so, the Alamo defenders perished for the cause. Here along the Brazos River, the spirit of those early revolutionaries lives on.
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San Antonio Latino Center Opens

San Antonio is celebrating the opening of its sparkling new Museo Alameda Smithsonian. The 39,000-square-foot structure will showcase the Latino experience in America.

The bright pink museum is the shining product of a decade-long collaboration between Alameda, a Texas Hispanic organization, and the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center, both in Washington D.C.

Travelers will want to put the new museum on their sightseeing checklist if they're planning a San Antonio visit.
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Best Bets for Galveston Dining

Taking a drive to the Gulf? Planning a cruise from Galveston? Just wanting to head out for a fun day of relaxation? Galveston has beaches plus a historic area with shops, attractions and, yes, plenty of mouthwatering eateries. From burgers to seafood, muffulettas to Italian, you'll find an amazing array of choices.

How do you know what's best? Where should you go for the most savory pizza or the best view? Texas freelance writer Kathryn Straach, a long-time McKinney resident, gives her personal "Best Bet" choices for visitors who want to chow down in Galveston.
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Walking Tour of Galveston's Historic District

Texas writer Kathryn Straach -- who authored a "what to eat and where to dine" story about Galveston, TX" story on this page -- has also created a Galveston walking tour for visitors.

Galveston's downtown area is filled with shops, cafes, historic Victorian homes, a historic ship, museums and a Grand Old Theater. Whether you explore Galveston by foot, carriage or trolley, this walking tour provides a good tour framework.
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'Round Em Up, Move Em Out!"

Fort Worth exudes big city spirit coupled with a cowtown aura. Where else can you see Longhorn cattle being herded through city streets twice daily?!

Museums and other attractions within the Fort Worth area are dedicated to cowboys ... and cowgirls too!

Texas writer Sharry Buckner has created a fun walking tour of Fort Worth's historic district, followed by a driving tour of other sights around town. There's no better way to go in search of the Old West.
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