Get away from the big city and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and small towns. Here are a few ideas for day trips from Dallas that fit the bill
Granbury: things to do
Granbury is 70 miles west of Dallas, a straight shoot down I-30 and US-377.
Walk around the Historic Granbury Square.
Visit the Hood County Courthouse, a three-storey limestone building from 1890/1.
Browse antiques and unique gifts in the many stores that surround the square and that are housed in appealing historic buildings.
Stop for refreshments or a meal at one of the cafes and restaurants that line the square.
Ride the Granbury Trolley for free on Fridays and Saturdays.
Get a glimpse of the frontier days at the 1914 Granbury Historic Railroad Depot (109 Ewell St.).
Attend wine tastings and other events at D’Vine Wine.
Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs (literally!) at Dinosaur Valley State Park, a 30-minute drive towards Glen Rose.
Fort Worth: things to do
Hit Sundance Square for shopping and food, as well as relaxation under the giant umbrellas. Kids can play in the Jetted Fountain in warm weather.
Explore the whimsical water features of the Fort Worth Water Gardens.
Visit the museums of the Cultural District, like the Kimbell Art Museum or the National Cowgirl Museum.
Go shopping in Crockett Row at West 7th, a five-block pedestrian-friendly “village”.
See real cowhands drive longhorn cattle twice every day at the Stockyards National Historic District.
Experience the Old West at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the Stockyards Museum and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Dance to live music, see some bull riding, and take two-step and line dancing lessons at Billy Bob’s honky tonk.
West: things to do
Not to be confused with West Texas, the town of West is located 1 hour and 10 minutes south of Dallas on I-35 and is known as the Czech Heritage Capital of Texas and official home of the kolache.
Many Czech families settled here, and their descendants still live here.
Visit the Czech bakeries in downtown West, like the Czech Stop, the Little Czech Bakery or Slovacek’s and stock up on sweet and savory kolaches. Or enjoy some very good Central European food for lunch.
The KATY railroad used to run through West. The depot is now the local museum.
Labor Day Weekend is taken up by Westfest, a celebration of the Czech heritage.
Jefferson: things to see and do
Jefferson, a pre-Civil War town, is 166 miles east of Dallas in the heart of the Piney Woods.
Visit the 19th century churches.
Look down at the original brick streets.
Shop, shop, shop! Visit the different antique stores and malls. Go back in time at the Jefferson General Store.
If you’re making a weekend out of it, stay at one of the cute Victorian B&Bs. The Excelsior House Hotel is the oldest hotel in Texas still in business.
Walk around, take in the Victorian and Antebellum atmosphere.
McKinney: things to see and do
Take a stroll around the Historic District. McKinney was founded in 1848, which make sit one of the oldest downtown districts in Texas.
Browse and shop of antiques and unique objects in stores that surround the square.
After you shop, stop by one of the cafes and restaurants for refreshments.
Visit Chestnut Square Historic Village. The six historic homes, schoolroom and church show how people lived in Colin County from 1854-1940.
Take the kids to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Visit the Pecan Grove Historic Cemetery, established in 1870, and head to the oldest section. You’ll see Civil War-era monuments and historic Texas figures.
Denison: things to see and do
Founded in 1872 near the MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) railway, Denison was an important commercial center in the West.
80 miles north of Downtown Dallas on US-75.
Visit the Katy Depot, former Missouri-Kansas & Texas Railroad station, at one end of the historic downtown.
Shop for antiques, browse art in the artists’ studios, take a stroll along the historic downtown.
Visit Lake Texoma, the 12th largest lake in the US.
Visit the Eisenhower Birthplace Historic State Site and learn about his early life.
Denton: things to see and do
Denton is 40 miles northwest of Downtown Dallas along I-35E.
Take a self-guideddriving tour of North Texas horse country.
Take time to peek into the quaint little shops around the square. The imposing 1896 courthouse is a museum too.
Denton is a food lover’s paradise with lots of dining options. My favourite is Hanna’s on the Square.
Visit the Women Air force Service Pilots (WASP) Collection at Texas Woman’s University.
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