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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Bellville, Tx

Episode #1001 · Chet explores the settlement where Stephen F. Austin laid the foundation for modern Texas. He eats at a local meat market making over a dozen types of sausage, interviews a baker who lives in a stone castle, and learns the art of blacksmithing with a local "cowboy."

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.

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.

Athens, Tx

Episode #606H

Baytown, Tx

Episode #607H

Episode #608H

Round Rock, Tx

Episode #609H · Chet heads to the "Sports Capital of Texas." He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout. He finishes up the day cheering for the home AAA baseball team, the Round Rock Express.

Monahans, Tx

Episode #610H · Chet heads to West Texas and sleds down Monahans's Sahara-like sand dunes. In town he finds Texas BBQ, culinary masterpieces, and history at a local museum built around an oil pit that could hold over a million barrels of Texas tea. He heads up the road to a museum in Roy Orbison's hometown, then to another set of dune for a adrenaline-pumping dune buggy ride.

Schulenburg, Tx

Episode #611H · Chet explores the "Painted Churches of Texas" and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas with stops to a sausage maker, polka museum, and Texas dance hall serving hot schnitzel. He also visits the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum honoring the iconic company that made model planes right in town.

Devils River

Episode #612H · Chet heads to no-man's land to canoe the "most pristine river in Texas." On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere.

Tomball, Tx

Episode #613H · Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 "flying fortress" bomber. To polish off the day, he attempts to eat a "Mega Mel" burger coming in a 1 1/2 feet tall.

Richmond, TX

Episode #711H · Chet heads to small town in the shadow of Houston to explore a living history park full of reenactors and a local swamp full of alligators. Along the way, he learns about a local shoot-out, eats some 3-generation Tex Mex, and visits an observatory to see the wonders of the night sky.

Turkey, TX

Episode #712H · Chet heads to the panhandle where he finds Caprock Canyon State Park which is full of beautiful views, horseback riding, and the Official State Bison Herd of Texas. In town he visits a museum that's dedicated to Bob Wills the "King of Western Swing" and another that's rewriting the history of the Native Indian Wars. Top it off with a bison filet steak and that's a day trip.

Hillsboro, TX

Episode #713H · In his "Viewer's Choice" finale, Chet heads to a modern town with a vintage feel. He visits a museum of roadside attractions and nostalgia, then visits a local soda fountain for a back-in-time meal. Along the way, he visits a museum in an old jail dedicated to history and a museum in a local college that's dedicated to Texans at war. For some outdoor adventure, Chet goes rock climbing above the waters of Lake Whitney, and then finishes the day over a plate of Texas BBQ.