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      Texas Highways names Palo Duro Canyon No. 10 in state

      In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Texas Highways magazine announced another round of the Texas Top 40 {<} http://www.texashighways.com/txtop40 {>} favorite destinations as chosen by its readers.

      The announcement places Brazos Bend State Park {<} http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/brazos-bend {>} at No. 12, Mount Pleasant {<} http://www.mtpleasanttx.com/ {>} at No. 11 and Palo Duro Canyon {<} http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon {>} at No. 10.

      The August issue of Texas Highways offers a feature on Possum Kingdom Lake, a favorite family destination that was threatened by fires in 2011. Today, the area offers numerous activities, including hiking, biking and watersports.

      Also featured in the August issue is the new Lucy and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The garden, which opened in the spring, was designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith with the goal of offering hands-on play for children and adults.

      Writer Gene Fowler and photographer Will van Overbeek also take readers on a historical journey to discover the legacy of the Guerra family who first arrived from Spain in the early 1600s and ultimately colonized vast territories in far South Texas. Over the past 400 years, the family has amassed an incredible private collection of art and antiques, some of which is on display at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio.

      There's much more in the August issue, including bats at Bracken Cave, boots in El Paso, barbecue in Tyler and even coonskin caps at the Alamo.

      Subscribers began receiving the new issue on July 8; the digital edition was released on July 11; and the hard-copy issue is on sale now at hundreds of newsstands statewide, including H-E-B, Target, Walmart, Randall's and Barnes & Noble.