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Best Escapes From Dallas/Fort Worth

October 19, 2010 4:43 PM

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The Granbury Opera House

The Granbury Opera House

North Texas offers visitors and residents alike plenty of excitement and adventure, but those seeking a little respite and relief from the hustle and bustle of the city don’t have to venture far to find it.
1886 granbury opera house Best Escapes From Dallas/Fort Worth

Granbury is deeply committed to its historic preservation sites, including the 1886 Opera House and the Courthouse Square. (Credit: granburytx.com)

Granbury

Granbury Tourism Bureau
621 E. Pearl Street
Granbury, TX 76048
(877) 936-1201
www.granburytx.com

Located approximately 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Granbury boasts a small-town charm and pride befitting its rich history. The town is deeply committed to its historic preservation sites, including the 1886 Opera House and the Courthouse Square, which was the first in Texas to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to Granbury can stay at many of the Victorian-style bed & breakfast inns the town offers and enjoy a variety of shopping and entertainment options, including annual festivals that make this a popular city escape from Dallas year-round.

tyler Best Escapes From Dallas/Fort Worth

Just 90 miles east of Dallas is Tyler, which bills itself as “America’s Rose Capital.” (Credit: visittyler.com)

Tyler

Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau
315 N. Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702
(800) 235-5712
www.visittyler.com

Just 90 miles east of Dallas is Tyler, which bills itself as “America’s Rose Capital.” Tyler’s diverse entertainment, educational and touring opportunities are so plentiful that a weekend just isn’t enough to capture them all. Some of its more popular attractions include 985-acre Tyler State Park, Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, Roseland Plantation and, of course, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, which at 14 acres is the largest rose garden in the country. The annual Texas Rose Festival in mid-October attracts thousands of tourists each year.

frederucjsburg Best Escapes From Dallas/Fort Worth

Fredericksburg prides itself on its German-Texan heritage, but is also one of the best city escapes. (Credit: fredericksburg-texas.com)

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce
302 E. Austin
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-6523
www.fredericksburg-texas.com

Fredericksburg prides itself on its German-Texan heritage, and is also one of the best city escapes thanks to its location in the heart of the Hill Country. Fredericksburg and its surrounding areas are popular for numerous and relaxing lodgings – from cozy bed & breakfasts to luxurious resorts – antique shopping opportunities, vineyards, arts and culture scene, and scrumptious restaurants.

shreveport Best Escapes From Dallas/Fort Worth

Shreveport is a mere 3-hour drive from Dallas and offers a taste of Cajun culture and food. (Credit: shreveport-bossier.org)

Shreveport, LA

Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
629 Spring Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
(888) 45-VISIT
www.shreveport-bossier.org

It’s not in Texas, but it remains one of the most popular escapes from Dallas among those in the know. Shreveport is a mere 3-hour drive from Dallas and offers a taste of Cajun culture and food, not to mention lots of casino entertainment. Shreveport is best known for its plentiful festivals, including the annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, the Brew Festival, and the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival. Gamblers will love Shreveport’s riverboat casinos and horse-racing tracks, including Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and the Eldorado Casino Resort.

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