Big Thicket Messenger - July 2007
With the summer vacation months upon us the Texas Historical Commission (THC) encourages vacationers to plan their next trip using the “itinerary builder” function available for the 10 regions of the Texas Heritage Trails Program (THTP). With gas prices reaching an all-time high, travelers can save money by staying close to home and visiting one of the scenic heritage trail regions filled with beauty, culture and history. From towering mountains to the soothing call of Lake Texoma and everything else in between, the sites in each heritage region provide the perfect backdrop for all unforgettable summer excursion.
With more and more travelers utilizing the internet as a travel resource, the user friendly “itinerary builder” feature allows adventurers to find information and build custom travel plans to adjust to varying needs. Designed specifically for the THTP, the “itinerary builder” allows users to easily move between all 10 regional sites. Vacationers can plan their trip based around attractions, cities and events. Options include printing the created itinerary, saving it for future reference, or e-mailing it to friends and family.
The THTP increases tourism at cultural and heritage sites in regions across Texas and revitalizes local economies through regional tourism development and marketing. The THTP has sparked resurgence in Texas travel and has helped boost economic development throughout the state. The program also stresses the importance of historic preservation to tourism and fosters effective local tourism leadership.
Based around 10 scenic driving trails, the routes incorporate the perfect partnership between historic preservation and tourism. The heritage regions included in the program are Texas Brazos Trail, Forest Trail, Forts Trail, Hill Country Trail-Lakes Trail, independence Trail, Mountain Trail, Pecos Trail, Plains Trail and Tropical Trail Regions.
To visit the 10 regional web sites visit www.thc.state.tx.us/travel. Use the map to select a region of interest.
For free heritage trail guides call (866) 276-6219.
For additional information on Texas travel events and vacation destinations, visit www.TravelTex.com.
For a free Texas State Travel Guide call (800) 888-TEX.