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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: Menil Collection, Houston

This summer, one of the Bayou City’s most interesting collections of art celebrates its 30th anniversary

Column, Jul. 13, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup

Activities to help you stay cool as summer heats up

Travel Daily, Jul. 6, 2017 5:00 PM

Day Trips: Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area, Spicewood

Popular mountain biking park shouldn’t be overlooked for its swimming and camping

Column, Jul. 6, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Welcome to Joanna and Chip Gaines' Waco

Perky Fixer Upper hosts are the town's new star attraction

Travel Daily, Jul. 4, 2017 7:05 AM

Day Trips: Topwater Grill, San Leon

Waterfront eatery serves up golden seafood with a beautiful view of the sunset

Column, Jun. 29, 2017

Day Trips: Hughes Springs

Mineral waters still flow at small town pavilion in the piney woods

Column, Jun. 22, 2017

Day Trips: Joe T. Garcia’s Restaurant, Ft. Worth

Iconic Mexican food restaurant serves a river of patrons by offering a limited menu

Column, Jun. 15, 2017

Day Trips: Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana

Fruitcake factory fills sales room with the warm smell of something in the oven

Column, Jun. 8, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup

Activities to get your summer sizzling

Travel Daily, Jun. 1, 2017 4:06 PM

Day Trips: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth

Public tours go behind the scenes for insights into race day excitement

Column, Jun. 1, 2017

Day Trips: Veterans Memorial Plaza, San Antonio

Small park in downtown San Antonio serves as a moving Memorial Day reminder

Column, May. 25, 2017

Day Trips: Life’s a Beach, Corpus Christi

The islands across the causeway offer sun, sand, and surf all summer long

Column, May. 18, 2017

Day Trips: Magnolia Market, Waco

In four short seasons, home improvement show becomes biggest tourist attraction in town

Column, May. 11, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: May Events Roundup

Baby sea turtles, Elvis Fest, and more!

Travel Daily, May. 5, 2017 9:45 AM

Day Trips: 7A Ranch Resort, Wimberley

Iconic family summer vacation cottages get a new lease on life after devastating flood

Column, May. 4, 2017

Day Trips: International Waterlily Collection, San Angelo

Texas botanical garden of water plants saved the native flowers of Egypt’s Nile River

Column, Apr. 27, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art

Collection expands our appreciation for nature and art

Travel Daily, Apr. 26, 2017 2:18 PM

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat

Visit these five watering holes while you can

Travel Daily, Apr. 20, 2017 7:05 AM

Visit These At-Risk Hill Country Water Sources

While you still can

Features Feature, Apr. 20, 2017

Day Trips: Kleb Woods, Tomball

A hermit’s paradise becomes a permanent island thicket among the urban sprawl of Houston

Column, Apr. 20, 2017

Day Trips: Krause’s Cafe, New Braunfels

Famous German restaurant is back with a beautiful new bierhalle and 80 beers on tap

Column, Apr. 13, 2017

Day Trips: World War I Memorials

Communities around Texas remember their fallen sons from the Great War

Column, Apr. 6, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: April Events Roundup

Seize the day ... trip

Travel Daily, Apr. 5, 2017 2:31 PM

Day Trips: Oso Pier & Grill, Corpus Christi

Iconic fishing pier gets new lease on life but retains its coastal charm

Column, Mar. 23, 2017

Day Trips: New London School Explosion

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the deadliest school disaster in U.S. history

Column, Mar. 16, 2017

Day Trips: Caddo Mounds Historic Site, Alto

New grass house shows how the old ways provided shelter

Column, Mar. 9, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup

Springtime in Texas means wildflowers and festivals abound

Travel Daily, Mar. 1, 2017 8:00 AM

Day Trips: Green’s Sausage House, Zabcikville

Roadside eatery provides all the small town essentials

Column, Feb. 23, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Ice Fishing, Door County, Wis.

A trip to Sturgeon Bay

Travel Daily, Feb. 15, 2017 8:45 AM

Day Trips: 8th Wonder Brewery, Houston

Craft brewery toasts the local iconic former sports stadium

Column, Feb. 9, 2017

Day Trips: Bolner’s Meat Company, San Antonio

Century-old market carries wide choice of meats and Fiesta Brand spices

Column, Feb. 2, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: February Events Roundup

Drivin' the blues away

Travel Daily, Feb. 1, 2017 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Hatco Outlet Store, Garland

Longtime Texas tradition makes more than ranch and rodeo family headwear

Column, Jan. 26, 2017

Day Trips: Black Rock Park

Small cabins on Lake Buchanan provide the basic comforts of home

Column, Jan. 19, 2017

Day Trips: Six Vices for the New Year

Forget making New Year’s resolutions this year and embrace your little sins with gusto at these six destinations

Column, Jan. 5, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup

Day trips for 2017

Travel Daily, Jan. 4, 2017 12:30 PM

Day Trips: 10 Adventures for 2017

Don't wander around next year wondering where to go next; take one of these day trips

Column, Dec. 29, 2016

Day Trips: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Houston

Historic water reservoir becomes one-of-a-kind public space and theatre

Column, Dec. 22, 2016

Day Trips: Farwell and the Ozark Trail

Texas town on the New Mexican border has one of the last highway markers

Column, Dec. 8, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup

Happy holidays to everyone and happy daytrippin’ to all!

Travel Daily, Dec. 2, 2016 10:00 AM

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