AUSTIN, Texas –– The New York Times recently named the Texas Hill Country as the number one place to visit in its feature article “31 Places to Go This Summer.” While New York is catching on to one of the Lone Star State’s most beautiful landscapes, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) is encouraging visitors to see the Texas Hill Country Trail Region’s heritage and history. Through the THC’s Texas Heritage Trails Program (THTP), which recently celebrated it’s 10th year anniversary, a suite of regional web sites and resources are available to visitors for travel planning.
The article encourages readers to visit the Hill Country’s historic towns that offer food and music festivals, and the THTP provides an electronic itinerary builder for tourists planning to explore this heritage region. The award-winning regional tourism initiative increases visitation at cultural and heritage sites across the state and revitalizes local economies through tourism development and marketing.
“We are proud to have the Texas Hill Country featured as the number one summer destination in The New York Times,” said Janie Headrick, state coordinator of the THTP. “This article just confirms what most Texans already know, which is that there are so many beautiful and unique places within our great state and right in our own backyards.”
Along with the Texas Hill Country Trail Region, the THTP includes nine other heritage regions in Texas that offer something for every traveler. THTP’s 10 regional web sites provide options for tourists planning their next vacation or road trip. These web sites allow travelers to find information and build custom itineraries through a user-friendly “itinerary builders,” specifically designed for the THTP. All 10 web sites are connected through the itinerary builder, so users can easily move between all heritage regional sites.
To visit the 10 regional web sites go to http://www.thc.state.tx.us/heritagetourism/htdefault.shtml. Featured on the web site is a map displaying the 10 heritage regions, where the user can click on an individual region to visit the regional web site.
The program currently offers eight heritage travel guides –– Texas Brazos, Texas Forest, Texas Forts, Texas Independence, Texas Lakes, Texas Mountain, Texas Plains and Texas Tropical Trail Regions. Each heritage guide gives travelers a valuable opportunity to experience what makes this state extraordinary, while providing maps and historical information related to specific regions. Currently, the Texas Hill Country Trail Region and the Texas Pecos Trail Region travel guides are in the development phase.
The THC also offers a series of thematic brochures –– Texas in the Civil War, Texas in World War II, The Chisholm Trail and Los Caminos Del Rio. For free heritage travel guides, please call 866/276-6219 or visit www.thc.state.tx.us to download copies. For additional information on Texas travel events and vacation destinations, visit www.TravelTex.com, or for a free Texas State Travel Guide, call 800/8888-TEX.
The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. The agency administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas.