Daytripper, The

It’s no secret that Texas is big. And exploring it is a lifetime endeavor. But what if you only have one day? The multi Emmy-winning travel series The Daytripper showcases the big cities and small towns of the Lone Star state — from its well-known landmarks to its obscure dives and hideaways. Host Chet Garner criss-crosses the state to learn about its history, experience its natural wonders, and indulge in his favorite food — real Texas barbecue.

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Colorado Bend State Park, TX

Episode #1002 · Chet explores one of Texas's most beautiful and primitive parks. He hikes to scenic overlooks, dives to the bottom of caves, swims in the spring-fed pools, and fishes the flowing river. Finish it up with BBQ at a local general store and it's a great trip.

Crockett, TX

Episode #1003 · Chet heads to East Texas where he visits a town named after the hero of the Alamo. He visits the springs where Davy drank and explores the National Forest named in his honor. He strolls the Spanish "El Camino Real" and stands in awe of ancient Indian mounds.

Pflugerville, TX

Episode #1004 · Chet heads to the suburb town that stuck in Austin's shadow to showcase its many hidden treasures. He eats artisan BBQ sandwiches and Ethiopian food. He tries his hand at BMX racing. And visits an award-winning distillery located in an metal shed.

Rockwall, TX

Episode #1005 · Chet visits this DFW town and feels the draw of the lake where he takes a sailing lesson. He investigates the mystery of how "Rockwall" got its name, and shows people that while this town has a rich reputation, it still have plenty for the common man to do, including par-3 golf and homemade burgers.

Brownsville, TX

Episode #1006 · Chet heads to the Rio Grande Valley to partake in a true Texas meets Mexico experience complete with traditional cow-head barbacoa, border birding, and the historic site of the first battle of the Mexican-American war.

Uvalde, TX

Episode #1007 · Chet heads to "Garner Country" to explore the legacy of US Vice President John Nance Garner. He eats some South Texas sweetbread gorditas and drives real WW2 army tanks.

Frisco, TX

Episode #1008 · Chet heads to one of the fastest growing cities in America. He plays at the National Video Game Museum, visits the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, and dines on both traditional cowboy breakfast and cutting-edge sushi.

Midland, TX

Episode #1009 · Chet heads to the heart of the oil boom, exploring the Permian Basin's long history with black gold. He discovers the quaint boyhood home of President George W. Bush and eats Iraqi food with some Texas hospitality.

Odessa, TX

Episode #1010 · Chet discovers that there's more to this "roughneck" town than meets the eye. He traverses the second largest meteor crater in America and visits recreations of Stonehenge and Shakespeare's Globe Theater. He finishes up with some true "Friday Night Lights" football.

Port Isabel, TX

Episode #1011 · Chet visits the South Texas wetlands to climb lighthouses, fish the bays, and eat fresh seafood. He discovers the long history of this coastal town and the many generations who've lived here.

Seguin, TX

Episode #1012 · Chet explores one of the oldest towns in Texas - named after a Tejano hero of the Texas revolution. He spends time on the Guadalupe River and visits the 3 largest pecans in the world! He finishes the night hunting for ghosts in the old Magnolia Hotel.

Wichita Falls, Tx

Episode #1013 · The viewer's told Chet to trip to Wichita Falls and he isn't disappointed. He climbs the "World's Littlest Skyscraper," mountain bikes the urban trails, and eats some "red tacos" washed down with a "red draw."

Return to Waco, TX

Episode #1101 · Chet heads back to Waco ten years after his first episode to see how much the town has changed. He visits the Magnolia Silos, explores the Mammoth Site, and flies 20 feet in the air off a new water slide.

Davis Mountains

Episode #1102 · Chet explores the wild mountains of West Texas with a trip to its highest point (Mt. Livermore). He eats at the historic Indian Lodge, drives the famous Scenic Loop, and polishes it all off at a local bistro.

Kerrville, TX

Episode #1103 · Chet visits this Hill Country town where he tours James Avery's jewelry factory, slides down a dam on the Guadalupe River and enjoys some craft beer from an old house. He sees Stonehenge 2 and finishes it up at a vintage general store.

Longview, TX

Episode #1104 · Chet visits Northeast Texas to ride in a Hot Air Balloon and eat some Bodacious Barbq. He tries his hand on an adventure course with water obstacles, learns history, and eats some homegrown Italian food.

Salado, TX

Episode #1105 · Chet visits Central Texas with a tour of the second oldest hotel in the state, the Stagecoach Inn. He swims in the local springs, takes a pottery class, and then enjoys a local brew made beside the creek.

Port Arthur, TX

Episode #1106 · Chet heads to Southeast Texas to experience some Cajun culture. He fishes for flounder, eats some BBQ crabs, and explores the history including Janis Joplin, oil, and Pleasure Island.

Brady, TX

Episode #1107 · Chet heads to the geographic center of Texas. He learns about the famous goat cook off, visits the strangest antique store in Texas, sees amazing relics of country music, and eats one of the best chicken fried steaks in the state.

Tyler, TX

Episode #1108 · Chet smells the roses with a stop in Northeast Texas. He eats some amazing BBQ, visits a creative craft brewery that's revitalizing downtown, and visits a beautiful state park.

Waxahachie, TX

Episode #1109 · Chet visits one of the most historic squares in Texas. He eats some haunted catfish, learns about the culture of education, and learns to cook one of the best steaks in Texas at Meat Church.

Spring, TX

Episode #1110 · Chet visits this "Old Town" and discovers a lot of culture in this Houston suburb. He visits a museum about funerals, eats at Corkscrew BBQ, and paddles a local creek.

Palacios/Matagorda, TX

Episode #1111 · Chet heads to the coast where he eats at the classic Hotel Blessing buffet, explores a history as old as Texas, gets wet in the Gulf of Mexico, eats some authentic Vietnamese food, and fishes in the dark.

McKinney, TX

Episode #1112 · Chet visits one of the most vibrant historic squares in Texas. He dines on some "sugar bacon" and eats a monster burger. He then explores the history of the town and golfs in a modern way at locally-based Top Golf.

Texas Capitol, Tx

Episode #1113 · Chet visits the 3 branches of Texas government with a behind-the-scenes tour of the capitol complex, the governor's mansion, and the Texas Supreme Court.

The State Fair of Texas

Episode #601H · Chet heads to the State Fair of Texas to explore its history, excitement, and food. He hangs out with Big Tex (the fair's 55-foot tall mascot), see some prize-winning steers and ostrich races in the Livestock Exhibit, and explores the park's diverse fried food, including fried butter, fried thanksgiving dinner, and the original "Corny Dog."

Marble Falls, Tx

Episode #602H · Chet heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine. He visits the Pogue Foundry to learn about bronze sculptures, peers into historic "Dead Man's Hole," and then pushes his adrenaline levels on an ATV, a stand-up paddleboard, and a hang glider. Along the way he finds time for smoked fajitas, a brew-pub bison burger, and pie happy hour.

Lubbock, Tx

Episode #603H · Chet heads to Lubbock and explores the Texas High Plains. After a trip through Texas Tech University and its traditions, Chet eats fried cheese and calzones at a few local hangouts, and then dives into history at the Buddy Holly Center, and the world-class archeology site Lubbock Lake Landmark.

Port Lavaca, Tx

Episode #604H · Chet heads to Port Lavaca on Matagorda Bay to dive into its coastal food and lifestyle. He goes fishing in the bay waters, bikes to a historic cast-iron lighthouse, and explores the lost port city of Indianola where French explorer La Salle first set foot in Texas.

Grapevine, Tx

Episode #605H · Chet heads to Grapevine, the "Christmas Capital of Texas" to catch the spirit of the season. He visits main street to eat at a French bakery, tours a winery, sees amazing sculptures of ice at the Gaylord Texan, and finishes it off on the historic railroad bound for the North Pole.

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