AUSTIN — In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Texas Highways magazine announced another round of the Texas Top 40 favorite destinations as chosen by its readers.

The announcement places New Braunfels at No. 9, Nacogdoches at No. 8, and Fredericksburg at No. 7.

The September “People, Places, and Wide Open Spaces” issue contains the annual “Extraordinary Texans” feature. This year, the magazine profiles nine outstanding individuals, including an astronaut, an artist, and an actor, who help make Texas special.

The magazine’s writers have been all over the state on assignment. This issue contains the places they love the most. With a restaurant, an inn, a state park, a palace, a museum and more, the featured destinations are as varied as the writers.

Texas Highways is known for dazzling photography. The September issue contains a bonus sixteen-page section featuring amazing images of wide open spaces from across Texas, including one from Brandon Jacobeit, the magazine’s new photography editor.

There’s much more in the September issue, including the Fort Worth Water Gardens, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, olive growing in south Texas, Concordia Cemetery outside El Paso where 48 buffalo soldiers and John Wesley Hardin are buried, kayaking on the Colorado, and the Medina Lake Cajun Festival.

Subscribers began receiving the issue on August 7, the digital edition was released on August 11, and the hard-copy issue is on sale today at hundreds of newsstands statewide, including H-E-B, Target, Walmart, Randall’s, and Barnes & Noble.

About Texas Highways magazine

Founded as a travel magazine in 1974,Texas Highways is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. Today, Texas Highways has nearly 400,000 monthly readers across the United States and around the world.

Texas Highways’mission is to encourage travel to and within the state. According to estimates from the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism division, travelers to and within Texas in 2013 spent more than $67.5 billion, an increase of 3% over 2012. This directly supported 601,000 jobs and generated $4.7 billion in state and local taxes.

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