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Gerald E. McLeod

Contributing Writer, Day Trips


Gerald E. McLeod joined the Chronicle staff in November 1980 as a graphic designer. In April 1991 he began writing the “Day Trips” column. Besides the weekly travel column, he contributed “101 Swimming Holes,” “Guide to Central Texas Barbecue,” and “Guide to the Texas Hill Country.” His first 200 columns have been published in Day Trips Vol. I and Day Trips Vol. II.

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Day Trips: Daytripping as Holiday Shopping

Buy a gift on your next Texas day trip

Column, Dec. 13, 2018

Day Trips: Ladonia Fossil Park

North Texas riverbed a treasure chest of ancient bones

Column, Dec. 6, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Travel Daily, Dec. 1, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville

Sanctuary safeguards rare island of palms behind border wall

Column, Nov. 29, 2018

Day Trips: Ice Land, Moody Gardens, Galveston

Ice sculpture is the coolest show on the island

Column, Nov. 21, 2018

Day Trips: Fort Lancaster

West Texas frontier fort has a story to tell

Column, Nov. 15, 2018

Day Trips: Otis Henry Memorial, Texarkana

World War I monument memorializes the depths of a mother’s loss

Column, Nov. 8, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup

Pre-holiday travel tips

Travel Daily, Nov. 2, 2018 8:00 AM

Day Trips: Best of Day Trips

Five best things about daytrippin’ in 2018

Column, Nov. 1, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: Pecos National Historic Site

Travel tips for the Land of Enchantment

Travel Daily, Oct. 31, 2018 8:00 AM

Day Trips: Active Plan, Brownsville

Tropical trail mix comes to the RGV

Column, Oct. 25, 2018

Day Trips: Altstadt Brewery

German-style brewery’s tasting room opens outside Fredericksburg

Column, Oct. 18, 2018

Day Trips: Stella Mare RV Resort, Galveston

Pair of beach houses offer an island retreat

Column, Oct. 11, 2018

Day Trips: African American Museum, Dallas

Jefferson's Monticello exhibit takes straight look at slavery

Column, Oct. 4, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup

Fall is full of fairs and fests

Travel Daily, Oct. 1, 2018 4:00 PM

Day Trips: Round Rock Honey

Take a sweet trip to the land of golden sauce

Column, Sep. 27, 2018

Day Trips: San Felipe de Austin Historic Site

Original Texas capital returns through new museum

Column, Sep. 20, 2018

Day Trips: Chandler Guest Ranch, Dryden

Former fishing camp still an oasis on the Pecos River

Column, Sep. 13, 2018

Day Trips: Bretagne Memorial, Cypress

Service dog from 9/11 remembered in her home town

Column, Sep. 6, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup

Art festivals and dance halls liven up the landscape in September

Travel Daily, Sep. 1, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Snake Farm, New Braunfels

Snake Farm, just sounds nasty, but is a lot of fun

Column, Aug. 30, 2018

Day Trips: Monument Inn Restaurant

Houston area eatery overlooks the busy ship channel

Column, Aug. 23, 2018

Day Trips: Kingsland

Tiny homes make a big splash in vacation rentals

Column, Aug. 16, 2018

Day Trips: Gandhi Plaza, Irving

Revered international leader memorialized in North Texas

Column, Aug. 9, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup

Texas fun is heating up with grape stomps, outlaw festivals, and rodeos

Travel Daily, Aug. 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Tree Sculpture Tour, Galveston

Galveston Tree Sculpture Tour turns lemons into lemonade

Column, Aug. 2, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: Wright in Wisconsin

Wisconsin driving trail showcases architect’s diverse styles

Travel Daily, Jul. 27, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Lakewood Brewery, Garland

Garland full-flavored craft brewery sets itself apart

Column, Jul. 26, 2018

Day Trips: Garland BBQ

Old-fashioned pit barbecue does it low and slow

Column, Jul. 19, 2018

Day Trips: Utopia

French chef decorates her ultimate treehouses in Utopia

Column, Jul. 12, 2018

Day Trips: The Titanic, Mayborn Museum, Waco

Artifacts of famed ocean liner sets sail at Waco museum

Column, Jul. 5, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup

Get hip to these timely travel tips

Travel Daily, Jul. 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Deep Eddy Vodka, Dripping Springs

Vodka tasting room showcases locally made spirits straight or in cocktails

Column, Jun. 21, 2018

Day Trips: Jet Set Chocolate, Brenham

Airline pilot turns to turning chocolate into art as a hobby

Column, Jun. 14, 2018

Day Trips: Toilet Seat Art Museum, San Antonio

Hundreds of commode covers become canvases for 97-year-old artist

Column, Jun. 7, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup

Titanic, turtle hatchlings, and Texas beaches after Harvey

Travel Daily, Jun. 1, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Good Ole Days, Brady

Antique emporium is a treasure mine of relics and oddities

Column, May. 31, 2018

Day Trips: The Cistern, Houston

Houston’s former underground reservoir perfect canvas for light artist

Column, May. 24, 2018

Day Trips: Coupland Inn and Dance Hall

Something’s new at the old dance hall and eatery

Column, May. 17, 2018

Day Trips: Bessie Coleman, Atlanta Historical Museum

Texas-born pioneer aviatrix is remembered in her hometown

Column, May. 10, 2018

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