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Back Road to the Pig Trail

Most Texas riders who come to the Ozarks either know about the Pig Trail or soon will. Many visitors assume that all of AR Hwy. 23 is the Pig Trail, but local riders understand that the designation is actually a 24-mile stretch of AR Hwy. 23, from Ozark north to the junction with AR Hwy. 16 at Brashears, Arkansas. The Pig Trail earned its moniker when it was a popular (though winding to the extreme)…

Ride to Swim

Texans know that we have some of the best year-round riding to be found anywhere, with our miles of two-lane highways packed with exciting turns and stunning vistas. We also know that it gets hot out there in the summer, so we’re offering you a timely list of some great spots across the state where you can strip off the leathers and take a leap—or a cannonball, or a belly fl op, just not a highside—into cool water after your long, hot…

Delightfully Dazed

Romantics at heart still swoon over Hope Floats (1998), shot in equally romantic Smithville. Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr.—yeah, that was a cuddle movie! Smithville has its own film commission and more than a dozen movies to its credit. Roads sweep across the prairies through Elgin. Can you smell the sausage? Scenes for the ultimate Texas football movie Friday Night Lights (2004) were shot in Elgin, at the stadium in the Austin suburb of…

Riding with the Raven

The centerpiece of this scenic and historic ride is the town of Huntsville. Huntsville proudly carries the mantle of Samuel Houston. Sam Houston commanded the Texas army as they fought for independence from Mexico, was President of the Republic of Texas, represented the state in the U.S. Senate, and served as Governor of Texas. His family spent 16 years in Huntsville, and it is where he died and is buried. Located in the Piney Woods—and in close proximity to Houston and Bryan/College…

Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles

It’s May, and that means it’s also National Motorcycle Safety Month. For the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), that means rolling out a giant inflatable motorcycle and kicking off its annual “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign. “Look twice, then look again!” said Lupita Velasquez, who rode in from Corpus Christi to help TxDOT kick off its program at an event held at the lawn of the Long Center in Austin. Velasquez, who…

Southern Backroads H.O.G. Rally in Cookeville, Tennessee

This is a “big deal” for Cookeville: the town is hosting of the first “Southern Backroads H.O.G. Rally,” on July 11–15, 2017. This is not the typical state-wide Harley Owners Group Rally, as this event will be expecting some 8,000 to 10,000 bikes to descend upon the Cookeville area! Events include guided and self-guided ride/touring options, street parties, riding competitions with law enforcement riders, stunt shows, vendors, food and nightly live music. Plans include a…

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Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas

March 1 - December 15

This tour is a self-guided motorcycle tour that has stops throughout the state of Texas. The tour is open to all types of motorcycles (as defined by Texas Law) and riders/passengers. All riders must be at least 18 years old and licensed to operate a motorcycle. Riders are to be safety conscience and obey traffic laws. Participants in the tour will visit tour stops that include roadside attractions, historical sites, memorials, unique geography, and biker friendly businesses. For…
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$1.00 – $3.00

Railroad Heritage center

October 22 @ 9:30 am - December 28 @ 4:30 pm

Railroad Heritage Center: History steams into downtown with the Texas State Railroad Society’s presentation at the Railroad Heritage Center featuring a 37′ x 17′ HO scale model train display. Marvel at model train displays, hands on exhibits, history, artifacts and train memorabilia. 808 W. Oak Street 7 days a week during Christmas in Palestine! $3.00 per adult $1.00 per child A 37′ x 17′ HO scale model railroad
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$20.00 – $120.00

The Polar Express (TM) Train Ride

November 13 - December 28

The Polar Express™ Train Ride: November 13 – December 28 Read along with the story as the historic steam strain makes its magical round-trip from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child.
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$25.00

Old Town Carriage Rides – Palestine

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - December 19 @ 11:45 pm

Old Town Carriage Rides Saturdays November 14 thru and December 19 and a special opportunity to ride December 24th, Christmas Eve. Departing from the Shelton Gin, climb into a beautiful classic carriage and enjoy a ride throughout the Historic Main Street District aglow with holiday lighting. Each ride can hold 2-4 adults, groups with children may accommodate more riders. $25.00 per ride. For questions or more information, please call 903-804-0494. Private rides are available (price…
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$10.00

Grinch’s Lair at the Historic Anderson County Jail

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - December 20 @ 6:00 pm

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November 20 to December 20. Hours: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. He’s mean, he’s green and he’s in Palestine. The Grinch will take you on a tour of his home. Characters from the beloved book are staged throughout the historic attraction.
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