Our 10 Finest Journey & Out of doors Tales of 2020

And what do our most-read journey and out of doors posts of 2020 inform us a couple of yr we might in any other case be completely satisfied not reviewing in any respect? Properly, that we have been looking for socially distanced actions, for starters, and many details about our native greenspaces and trails—you might recall all of the public health-related park restrictions and closures via late summer season. A few of us plotted out street journeys (even when we did not take them) or feigned normalcy with our annual trek to the swimming gap (in the event that they weren’t briefly closed or booked up, that’s).

However primarily, our high posts appear to show that this was no yr for journey. Zero stars, 2020, zero stars.  It was all about getting outside, although, so good job, Houston. You are wanting ripped.

Right here now, your most learn journey and out of doors posts of 2020. Might (mid to late?) 2021 be ever in your favor to roam, wanderlusters.

1. These Are the Finest Drive-Via Safaris in Texas 

By Catherine Wendlandt

“Keep in mind going to the zoo as a child, wandering previous unique creatures that you just’d solely ever seen in motion pictures like The Lion King? All of the magic and pleasure within the air, as you stand simply outdoors enclosures of zebras, monkeys, and wildebeest, peering inside, ice cream cone in hand?” Digital editor Catherine Wendlant wrote again in 2018 (when she was nonetheless however an intern, ahoy!).  

Seems of us actually needed to recollect these nostalgic days, or have been looking for out a day journey with built-in social distancing, or perhaps they merely found that drive-thru safaris exist whereas googling “drive-thru testing.” Regardless of the case, y’all needed some zebra-in-rear-window motion this yr, and also you positively bought it.

2. Right here’s What’s Re-Opening at Houston Parks

By Gwendolyn Knapp

Laborious to think about it now, however at the same time as late as summer season, our metropolis parks have been closely restricted and a few even closed over vacation weekends to stop crowding and the unfold of Covid-19. Spoiler alert: Clicking could trigger delicate PTSD for very lively Houstonians. 

3. Houstonians Will Be In a position to Bike and Stroll 150 Miles of New Trails in 2020

By Gwendolyn Knapp

Seems we would have liked all these new Bayou Greenway trails to unfold out on in the course of the pandemic. Who knew?

4. 20 Texas Swimming Holes to Cool You Off This Summer time

By Houstonia Employees 

When the summer season warmth units in, we get a hankering to discover the again roads of the Lone Star State, trying to find candy, candy reduction from the relentless Texas solar.   

However we additionally needed to take care of short-term closures and no-reservations when it got here to our favourite swimming holes this summer season.

5.  Las Vegas to Arizona: It Might Simply Be the Finest American Street Journey

By Invoice Wiatrak 

A throwback from 2018, we have now to consider our journey correspondent’s week-long itinerary to drive “a large loop via the highest of Arizona, drive to the underside of the state, then head again to the center, see the Grand Canyon and spend our final evening in Las Vegas” acted as a information for a few of Houston’s pandemic street trippers in 2020. However it’s an important one for any yr. “It’s the final word street journey. In the event you’re on the lookout for a substitute for Orlando or a cruise, you gained’t discover a higher itinerary.”

6. Our 5 Favourite Parks in Houston

By Katharine Shillcut 

Additionally an oldie, printed in 2018, this listing nonetheless holds up for park goers on the lookout for greenspace and shady spots to stroll.

7. 12 Actions to Do Outdoors Whereas Nonetheless Social Distancing

By Houstonia Employees

Ah, sure, again after we have been new to pandemic-land, we put our efforts into bettering ourselves outside (alone, sadly). However be happy to additionally unfold these out over the 12 days of Christmas.

8. We Run This City: Our Favourite Houston Trails

By Gwendolyn Knapp 

We logged miles throughout Houston to analysis this listing, and we nonetheless stand by it as we speak. These are a number of the best working trails on the town, with room to social distance on many. 

9. It’s the Summer time of Drive-Ins

By Gwendolyn Knapp

“Perched on a prairie out in Hockley, The Showboat Drive-In is a summer season dream, the place the solar units a vibrant pink, the frogs perpetually croak, and the looming tree line, simply past a cluster of rusted-out truck and bus carcasses, looks as if the right setting for an invasion of the strolling lifeless.”

Certainly, it was the summer season of the drive-in. Hopefully you bought in a present, however should you did not, the Showboat ought to actually be on each Houstonian’s bucket listing.

10. Tune into the Houston Zoo for a Digital Discipline Journey

By Emma Schkloven
When it feels just like the world’s tilted off its axis, we flip to sure creature comforts. And nothing brings pleasure fairly like lovely animals.”

Digital discipline journeys and movies of cute critters made arduous instances just a little simpler to digest for households this yr.


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