Jody Rookstool's Texas Travel Tips
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Jody Rookstool's Texas Travel Tips

About the Book

As a lifelong Texan, Jody Rookstool is the perfect person to seek for information regarding a state so vast that it seems impossible that anyone could possess such an intimate knowledge of every place worth visiting. In this book, Rookstool provides readers with an in-depth look at some of the most interesting places to visit in Texas, including roadside attractions, art installations, historic locations and iconic pop-culture destinations. Covering the entire state from east to west and north to south, Rookstool’s book succeeds in bringing the vibrancy of Texas to life while informing the reader of every last detail regarding each individual destination.

In “Jody Rookstool's Top 12 Places to Visit in Texas,” readers will learn everything they need to know about some of the most fascinating locations in Texas, including Padre Island National Seashore, Cadillac Ranch, Washington on the Brazos, Moody Gardens, Space Center Houston and The Hill of James Magee, along with so many others ranking among the top 12 places to visit in Texas. With rare insight into each location’s history and a focus on establishing the unique characteristics of each destination, Rookstool makes it easy for readers to understand why each place is worthy of its place among the top destinations in the state. Readers will surely come away from reading this book with a clear desire to see all that Texas has to offer to both first-time visitors and longtime residents alike.

An ideal read for anyone planning a trip to, through or within Texas, this book does not do much to dispel the oft-repeated notion that “everything is bigger in Texas.” Rookstool mentions that the state has far more to offer than just the 12 destinations included in this book, noting that Texas is home to so much diversity and successfully attracts so many wonderful people from all over the world that there are new places worth checking out that seem to spring to life overnight. Rookstool focuses on offering a representative cross-section of Texas destinations, detailing a balanced mix of traditional locales, cultural attractions and natural settings reflecting every beautiful aspect of the massive Lone Star State.

About the Author

Jody Rookstool
Jody Rookstool

Jody Rookstool is a native Texan whose passion for travel and DIY projects led to a career as a professional blogger. Though she started out with no intention other than to share her insight and experience with others, her talent for DIY and for arts and crafts became a frequent source of inspiration for those who read her blog. That talent, along with her ability to provide easily understood online instruction, served as the foundation for a new career path for Ms. Rookstool. She put more time into her blogging and quickly realized the potential for success offered by her burgeoning writing career.After enjoying initial success with her DIY and craft blog, Ms. Rookstool began to tackle other subjects she felt equally passionate about. The most natural choice to add to her repertoire was on the subject of her home state, Texas. Her efforts in compiling the best of Texas led to an opportunity to publish a travel guide on the Lone Star State, which included a number of her preferred destinations that many travelers may have been previously unfamiliar with. While her book focused mostly on places to visit while in Texas, her blog focuses on anything and everything having to do with her home state. As a DIYer, Ms. Rookstool is an innovator who has been able to simplify some of the most seemingly complex projects so that they are accessible to a broader audience. Ms. Rookstool has enjoyed exceptional success because of this specific skill, as her readers know each project they take on will be clearly explained and easily understood. 

Table of Contents


p. 1

Ch 1 - Padre Island National Seashore

p. 3

Ch 2 - Moody Gardens in Galveston

p. 5

Ch 3 - Space Center Houston

p. 7

Ch 4 - The Lights of Marfa

p. 9

Ch 5 - Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose

p. 11

Ch 6 - The Hill of James Magee

p. 13

Ch 7 - Cadillac Ranch

p. 15

Ch 8 - Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park

p. 17

Ch 9 - The Big Texan Steak Ranch

p. 19

Ch 10 - Fort Worth Stockyards

p. 21

Ch 11 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

p. 23

Ch 12 - Washington on the Brazos

p. 25

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