The Amistad Borderlands

Editor’s note: the US national parks system is truly diverse, ranging from awe-inspiring beauty to a more subtle wonder, like in this view of Amistad National Recreation Area by Christian, our resident national parks expert. For more of his experiences, click here to visit his index page. The Amistad National Recreation Area lies along the…

Padre Island National Seashore

Editor’s note: it’s awesome that Christian wrote this the same day I visited another National Seashore: Point Reyes in California. It seems the experiences couldn’t be more opposite! For more of Christian’s National Parks themed articles, click here for his index. Texas is known to many Texans as the Best Country in the World. Traveling…

The Ultimate Guide to Austin!

Austin is the capital of Texas, America's eleventh largest city, seat of barbecue and live music, and a spectacular destination for those in search of an incredible fun-filled getaway. But what should you do in Austin? What should you expect when you come here to central Texas? We hope this guide will help! Note: please…

Royal Tips: Austin

Thinking of going to Austin? Here are some helpful pointers from our team. 1. Allow for travel time Austin is pretty spread out, so make sure to allow time to get between activities, as well as to/from the airport. Traffic is also notoriously bad. While not on the level of LA or Boston, Austin has…

Remember the Alamo (and the Mexican Market)

In 1836, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and 6,000 Mexican soldiers stormed the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, killing the defenders there, most famously James Bowie and Davy Crockett. In 2017, The Royal Tour visited the site. Some other stuff happened in between.  The Alamo is San Antonio's most famous landmark. It began as…

The Royal Tour: Austin

Walking into C-Boys Heart and Soul in the South Congress area of Austin, I am greeted by dim lights and soft music.  The place is quiet - it is, after all, early evening on a Monday night.  The bartender greets patrons by name.  A stage sits at the end of the small room, and it…

South Congress: The Must-Do of Austin

Most cities have things that are very worthwhile doing, especially for a tourist. The best cities have a district that is not to be missed, as walking through it will give you a better sense of the place. Austin has both. I mentioned my recommendation for the one restaurant you can't miss, Franklin BBQ. Today,…