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Piney Woods

If you haven’t experienced this part of Texas, you should know all those tall, beautiful green things are not funny-looking cacti. Sure, they have pointy needles too, but they’re actually pine trees. Believe it or not, Texas has huge tracts of land bathed in the dappled light beneath these steeple-high pine trees, as well as broad hardwood forests too. Dotted with uniquely charming towns, this area contains a mixture of beauty, culture and history that draws immense interest.
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The Daytripper's Chet Garner

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I love the Piney Woods because it completely changes the way most people think of "Texas."...
I love the Piney Woods because it completely changes the way most people think of "Texas." It isn't about wide open spaces or endless horizons. It's dense forests, wooded lakes, and small town squares. It's spring time blooms of dogwoods and explosions of fall reds and oranges. It's hiking below 75-foot-tall trees and then turning a corner on a winding road only to discover a small cafe with the greatest pie you've ever eaten.
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Angela Sellari, About a Mom

About a Mom

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Each year during late March and early April, something magical happens...
Each year during late March and early April, something magical happens in East Texas. Bursting with blooms, the 10-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail is a sight to behold. Visitors can walk or drive the trail on their own, or take a guided tour through neighborhoods of quaint brick streets, the historic homes of the historic district, and residential gardens – many of which are open to the public. Blooming azaleas, dogwoods, daffodils, and tulips and a variety of other blooms are a feast for the senses. It was truly breathtaking and well worth my trek from Georgia to Texas, and a local winery tour topped off the trip.
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Liz Mays, Eat, Move, Make

Eat, Move, Make

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For the experience of a lifetime, take a hot air balloon ride with Dr. Bill Bussey of Longview, Texas...
For the experience of a lifetime, take a hot air balloon ride with Dr. Bill Bussey of Longview, Texas, the world record hot air balloon pilot who started the Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview many years ago. The ride was truly beautiful and surprisingly smooth and gentle. This year’s Great Texas Balloon Race Festival takes place July 22-24, and if you’d like to take a hot air balloon ride, contact Balloon Adventures USA to make a reservation. While you’re in Longview, round out your experience with some absolutely delicious food, such as pies at the Butcher Shop, spicy Mexican food at Mi Casita or delicious fare at Barron’s.
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Amanda Williams, A Dangerous Business

A Dangerous Business

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Spring poses the perfect time for a visit to peaceful East Texas, right as the flowers are blooming...
Spring poses the perfect time for a visit to peaceful East Texas, right as the flowers are blooming. Between hot air ballooning in Longview and taking in the gorgeous blooms of the annual Tyler Azalea Trail, it was the perfect getaway for women of all ages. Plus there’s something about a garden in bloom in the spring that will make you want to frolic. Throw some hiking into the mix, along with some great Texas cuisine, and you’re all set!
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Liz Standley, Oh Hey Dallas

Liz Standley, Oh Hey Dallas

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East Texas is full of...
East Texas is full of unexpected surprises!
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