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must-visit sites By GERALD E. MCLEODSpecial to the EagleEvery day-tripper needs a checklist of must places to visit. Here's what I recommend for that list:• Marfa. Texas' highest-altitude town has been an artist colony since Donald Judd moved his studio and galleries to an abandoned Army post on the edge of town during the early 1970s. The community hasn't lost its small-town charm despite the influx of out-of-towners.The main reason to visit is to see the Marfa Lights. No scientific explanation has emerged for the lights flickering against the backdrop of distant mountains. The best view of the lights is at the observation area about 10 miles east of Marfa on U.S. Highway 90 toward Alpine.And although there isn't anything left of the set from the movie Giant, a stay at El Paisano Hotel lets you wander the halls where Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean stayed. The Thunderbird Motel is another place that has been remodeled for modern visitors.If you want funky, head about 50 miles south to the Chianti Hot Springs and stay in a rustic cabin.
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