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Texas May Be Awesome, But It Lacks Tourist Destinations

We rock the beer and barbecue in Texas, but when it comes to having the biggest draws for tourists, we're left completely off the "best of the best" list.  We don't have Yosemite or Yellowstone, and the closest "best" tourist destination is about 1200 miles away.  BUT, see why this may be a good thing.

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Gas is Cheap in Texas, and About to Get Cheaper

Gas prices are averaging just above two bucks a gallon in East Texas right now, and that's about fifty cents cheaper than it was on the 4th of July weekend last year. Road trip on!

Even better news for drivers - gas prices are expected to dip under the two-dollar mark again this fall and they could crater at a level so low we'll be doing a double take.  So how low will they get?

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Texas Is Not a Great State for Teen Drivers

It could be worse, but it could be better.  Texas ranks in the middle when it comes to teen driving in the US, and here's why.  If you've got a teenage driver, you'll want to check this out.

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Here’s How Much a Summer Texas Road Trip Will Cost

I found a handy little calculator that will help us plan the cost of a summer road trip across Idaho or beyond.  It's gonna be cheaper than I thought it would be.

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Texas’ Airport Wait Times Could Be Worse

There's so much more to flying than sitting on the plane, reading on your device, and eating peanuts.  A lot of flying involves waiting. Waiting for the line to move so you can board the plane, waiting for the plane to leave the gate, and waiting for the plane to reach the gate once the plane lands.

It turns out, Texas airports may have a delay here and there, but overall our airports are a lot speedier than other airports across the country. If you hit these other airports this summer, prepare to sit and wait.

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These Are the Top Spots to Visit in Texas

If you haven't decided yet on your destination for a Memorial Day Weekend road trip, this will serve as some inspiration.  The Riverwalk in San Antonio is a spot everyone seems to know about, but there are some hidden gems here too.

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Kids Put a Damper on Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips With These Phrases

It's more than just, "Are we there yet?"  That usually starts in the driveway, and there a dozen other comments and questions that can take the steam out of our Memorial Day Weekend road trips just as quickly.  Here are some of the best zingers from the back seat that stress out parents.

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Survey Says These Are the Best Places to Get Gas in East Texas

This week might include more stops at the gas station than usual, with the big Memorial Day travel weekend coming up.  Do you have a go-to spot that's your favorite to fill up?

These East Texas gas stations are on the list of the Top 15 in the country.

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Weekly East Texas Road Construction Update

A forecast of beautiful weather means that road construction projects will be ramping up across the area once again.  Here's a listing of what you can expect in the 9 county region served by the Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. 

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Admission is Free This Week at National Parks

This would be a great week for a trip to Yellowstone National Park, because admission is free for another six days.  How often does that happen?!  Actually, it happens on nine different days this year.

There are some great parks around Texas too, that will be letting you in free this week to celebrate National Park Week.  

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UPDATED: I-10 at Texas/Louisiana Border Closed Due to Flood Waters

I heard a report a couple of days ago that the Toledo Bend Reservoir Dam is releasing at least twice as much water per second than what flows over Niagara Falls.  All that water has got to go somewhere. 

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Portions of Highway 59 and Highway 7 Closed Due to Flood Issues

Southbound lanes of US 59 near Shepherd in San Jacinto County will be closed later this evening due to flooding.  Additionally, portions of Highway 7 near Center in Shelby County will be narrowed to one lane. 

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