Texas may be a big state, but it is best experienced by stories offered up in its neighborhoods and town squares. A printed guide will steer you on a walk, drive, or bicycle ride through the historic districts of Nacogdoches, Waxahachie, Victoria, or Fredericksburg. Trolley rides and Segway tours can be a good way to explore larger cities like San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Galveston, and many come with tour guides sharing lesser-known stories of yesterday and today. Dive into the paranormal past on ghost tours in Jefferson, Granbury, and Austin, or take a calmer journey along the streets of Frisco to view the public art that covers the town. Participating in special holiday home tours, spring backyard garden walks, art gallery walks, even Austin’s yearly Funky Chicken Coop Tours are great ways to get a feel for places that others call home.
Many communities offer self-guided walking and driving tour brochures and mobile phone apps to help share their stories; check in at the local visitor center or explore community websites for more information before you go.