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Parts of South and Midwest grapple with dangerous heat wave

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning about days of scorching, dangerous heat gripping a wide swath of the U.S. South and Midwest, where the heat index on Monday eclipsed 120 degrees (48.9 Celsius) in one town and climbed nearly that high in others.

With temperatures around 100 degrees (37 Celsius) at midday and “feels like” temperatures soaring even higher, parts of 13 states were under heat advisories, from Texas, Louisiana and Florida in the South to Missouri and Illinois in the Midwest, the National Weather Service reported.

“It feels like hell is what it feels like,” said Junae Brooks, who runs Junae’s Grocery in Holly Bluff, Mississippi. Around her, many of her customers kept cool with wet rags around their necks or by wearing straw hats.

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David Byrne with Topaz Jones in Austin, Texas

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Austin is known as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’.  Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind performance from David Byrne!    

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 04: David Byrne performs during Day 1 at Shaky Knees Festival at Atlanta Central Park on May 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

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 Name: Official 2018 ACL Fest Late Night Show:
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 Date: 8:00pm

Place: Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, Texas

Time:  Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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There Is A Texas-Shaped Pool In Plano, Texas

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Plano, Texas is home to the historic 168,000-gallon saltwater pool that just so happens to be shaped like Texas.

It has a diving board, 2 water slides, an island with a shallow
“South Texas” wading area, and has water and beach volleyball.

  • The Texas Pool opened to the public in 1961
  • Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m.
  • $200 annual membership for families, $100 for individuals. 20 percent discount for families with military, fire or police personnel. $20 for one-day family tourist pass, $50 for three-day family tourist pass.

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901 Springbrook Drive, Plano, Texas 75075

972-881-TEXAS (8392)

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From Treehouses To Trailers, Check Out These Unconventional Texas Hotels

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s and Airbnbs are great, but sometimes we all crave a little something different.

If you’re seeking a unique stay during your next Texas getaway, here are some spots to consider.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours may be known for its zipline tours above the lush Texas Hill Country, but it’s also gaining a reputation for the overnight stays it offers in its treehouses. The property’s Nest, for example, includes two bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchenette/dining room, an outside shower and a small bridge that connects to a bathhouse.

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Creepy Texas ghost towns totally worth a road trip this summer


Sure, all your friends seem to be going to the beach, tubing or camping for their summer vacations. But you haven’t really experienced summer in Texas until you’ve visited a ghost town.

The towns have long been abandoned by its former residents but remnants of their existence remain in the form of buildings, monuments and forgotten history. Some of them are practically empty now because of devastating hurricanes, drought, dam breaches or economic collapse…..Click Here To See More Ghost Towns

Sherwood – Located in Irion County, southwest of San Angelo, Sherwood is now a small rural community but used to be the county seat. When Mertzon was named the new county seat, Sherwood’s courthouse (pictured)….Click Here To See More Ghost Towns


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From the glittering Fairmont Austin and JW Marriott Austin to the edgy Native Hostel, Austin has welcomed over a dozen hotels in the last five years. Few have garnered as much excitement though as the Line Austin, opening today in the Texas capital. As is the case with the L.A. and D.C. Line hotels, Sydell Group hospitality firm has reinvigorated an old landmark, in this case the 1965 Crest Inn, which languished for decades as a tired Radisson. Despite its mid-century architecture and prime location overlooking Congress Bridge and Lady Bird Lake, the hotel was for a long time somewhat of a downtown blemish. Its rooms were corporate, its lobby dominated by Texas kitsch, and its food and beverage—a TGI Fridays until 2014—was woefully out of touch with the capital’s renowned dining scene.
A top-to-bottom overhaul that includes expanded guest rooms and new public and meeting spaces not only rescued the institution, but also reconnected it to its Austin roots. In the meticulous hands of designer Sean Knibb, the brain behind the original Line Los Angeles, and local architect Michael Hsu, spaces now honor the hotel’s greatest asset, its setting. “We were inspired by beautiful local memories like the geology and greenery of nearby Hamilton Pool, our Hill Country sunsets, and the aquifer rivers flowing beneath us,” says Hsu….Click Here To Keep Reading

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Uncovering Houston

Houston is considered as a major American metropolis and is the largest city in the Southern United States. Lush greenery, stunning architecture, and diverse history are some of the major attractions of Houston in the state of Texas.

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Houston is nicknamed as ‘Space City’ and is a global city with major strengths in business, international, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, medicine, research, technology, sports, and trade. Not only this, the city is famous for its various forms of art, theaters, parks and recreations, infrastructure and much more. Founded on August 28, 1836, and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837, Houston city is known widely for its fourth-tallest skyline in North America after New York City, Chicago, and Toronto. Also, a seven-mile system of tunnels and skywalks links many buildings, shops and restaurants.

Tourist Attractions

The Houston Museum of Natural Science: This remarkable science museum boasts of an excellent collection of dinosaur skeletons, mineral specimens, a planetarium, an IMAX theater space-station models and a six-story butterfly center. The museum was established in 1909 with a goal to provide an independent institution for the people of Houston focusing on education and science. Some of the permanent exhibits include the Foucault pendulum, Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, Strake Hall of Malacology, Earth forum and much more.

Houston Zoo: This one is a must visit site for all wildlife adorers. The zoo houses near about 6,000 species of variety fauna and receives more than 2.25 million visitors each year. Not only this, but the city’s zoo is also known for supporting more than a dozen conservation projects in Texas and across the globe.

Space Center Houston: The Space Center Houston boasts of more than 400 space artifacts alongside many traveling exhibits and theater related to the exhilarating future and the incredible past of nation’s space-flight program. The Space Center Houston houses many space artifacts and hardware including Lunar Rover Trainer, Lunar Samples Vault, Skylab 1-G Trainer, Gemini 5 capsule, Mercury 9 capsule, etc.

Children’s Museum of Houston: This is one of the most preferred spots for children. This museum consist of numerous hands-on interactive exhibits from the fields of science and technology, health and human development, history and culture and the arts.

The Menil Collection: This amazing art facility comprises of many collections of some of the most surrealist works by artists like Salvador Dali and Max Ernst. A total collection of around 17,000 objects including various paintings, sculptures, photographs and other things are found in the Menil Collection, located in Houston, Texas, USA.

Mahatma Gandhi District: An ethnic enclave in Houston, Texas, also known as Little India, Mahatma Gandhi District is named after Mahatma Gandhi, who was a well-known leader of Indian Independence Movement in British-ruled India. The area is predominantly filled with Indian and Pakistani restaurants and shops and houses large population from both these countries. The area is commonly known as ‘Hillcroft,’ after Hillcroft Avenue, a major place which houses most of the Mahatma Gandhi district.

Hermann Park: One of the most visited public parks is now Houston’s most historically significant public green space. The park is home to numerous cultural establishments including Houston Zoo, Golf Course, Houston Garden Center, etc.

When to visit

Houston experiences a humid subtropical climate. It’s warmer during summers and pleasant during spring and fall. The best time to visit Houston is from February to April and from September to November. The temperature remains mild and cold during these months.

Also, the city experiences cold climate and occasional snowfall during winters. So, make sure you do not forget to book cheap flights to Houston during winters and pack some warm clothes.

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Major Airport

The William P. Hobby Airport is the nearest major airport. The airport caters to domestic flights and is 14 miles away from the center of Houston, Texas. Another primary airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport which is 21 miles far from Houston, Texas and holds both domestic and international flights.

Getting Around in the City

Houston offers numerous options as local transportation –

  • Rail System
  • Bus System
  • Metro
  • Taxis and Rental Cars
  • B-Cycle Program

Other Popular Cities to Visit

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Philadelphia
  • Charlotte
  • Dallas
  • Honolulu

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Population: 183,823 (2016)

 

Brownsville is a city in Cameron County, Texas (United States). As a strategically located city, it has served as a site for several battles during the Texas Revolution, the Mexican-American War, and the American Civil War. The same reason also makes it the most perfect place to know about the history of southern Texas.

Places of Interest in Brownsville
Gladys Porter Zoo
Gladys Porter Zoo is a zoological and botanical park located in Brownsville, Texas. It was opened in September 1971 and now attracts about 375,000 visitors annually. It is the first zoo in the US that had been successful in breeding the vulnerable Jentink’s Duiker (a popular forest-dwelling duiker) under controlled conditions. The Gladys Porter Zoo is home to about 400 animal species (out of which 47 count as endangered species) and more than 250 tropical and neo-tropical species.

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park near Brownsville (Texas) is the site of the Battle of Palo Alto on May 8, 1846. What had started initially as a border dispute between the US and Mexico had later made way for a much larger Mexican-American War. Palo Alto Battlefield is remarkable in the sense that an American victory here had paved the path for an imminent Mexican invasion and a consequent Mexican defeat. You shouldn’t miss out on the park’s visitor center that shows a 15-minute video titled ‘War on the Rio Grande.’

Sabal Palm Sanctuary
The Sabal Palm Sanctuary is famous nature reserve, and bird sanctuary in the US. It is located in the delta of the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas and is known as one of the last locations in the valley where abundant groves of Sabal palms are also found. For those interested in knowing more about the ecology of the Rio Grande Valley, a visit to this sanctuary is an absolute must.

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