Marfa, TX - Way off the path, but worth the trip!

By Balti-most, USA, December 2010

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Marfa is a small artist community in the Texas Big Bend area. It is 3+ hours from the nearest commercial airport (Midland/Odessa!) and 6+ hours from major cities like Austin or San Antonio - but is great for a few days side trip. Some must dos: 1. Food Shark - Marfa. A food truck with incredible food. It parks in the center of town each day. 2. Marfa Lights - the mysterious lights can be seen in the horizon on some nights. There are all kinds of theories as to what these might REALLY be, but if you can seem them, just make them anything you want. I vote Aliens. 3. Chinati Foundation - The museum and gallery space of artist Donald Judd. This is what really started the whole art scene here. Mr. Judd bought an abandoned army base and started working. Artists from all around followed and the town of just 2,000 people has about 20 different art galleries. 4. Big Bend National Park - it's a bit of a drive from Marfa, but the scenery is spectacular. Accommodation is a bit limited, but you can look at vacation/home rentals on sites like VRBO or HomeAway. There are also several great restaurants. Best of all - the weather was very HOT and dry during the day and cold at night.

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