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The '''Prairies and Lakes Region''' is located in the north central part of [[Texas]]. It is home to the [[Dallas]]/[[Fort Worth]] Metroplex, the fifth largest metropolitan area in the [[United States]]. This region also has a beautiful countryside with ranches, "bed and breakfasts", and many recreational lakes. Whether you're looking for the excitement of a big town (shopping, dining, nightlife), or for a more leisurely time in the rural areas, you'll find it here in the Prairies and Lakes Region.
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The '''Prairies and Lakes Region''' is located in the north central part of [[Texas]]. It is home to the [[Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]], the forth largest metropolitan area in the [[United States]]. This region also has a beautiful countryside with ranches, "bed and breakfasts", and many recreational lakes. Whether you're looking for the excitement of a big town (shopping, dining, nightlife), or for a more leisurely time in the rural areas, you'll find it here in the Prairies and Lakes Region.
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
The Prairies and Lakes region of [[Texas]] is divided into 3 bands which run roughly northeast to southwest, plus the [[DFW Metroplex|metropolitan area]] of [[Dallas]]-[[Fort Worth]].
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The Prairies and Lakes region of [[Texas]] is divided into 3 bands which run roughly northeast to southwest, plus the [[Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex|metropolitan area]] of [[Dallas]]-[[Fort Worth]].
 
* [[Cross Timbers]] - from the [[Oklahoma]] border west of Lake Texoma to southeast of [[Fort Worth]].  
 
* [[Cross Timbers]] - from the [[Oklahoma]] border west of Lake Texoma to southeast of [[Fort Worth]].  
* [[DFW Metroplex]] - wedged between the Cross Timbers and the Blackland Prairie.
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* [[Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] - wedged between the Cross Timbers and the Blackland Prairie.
 
* [[Blackland Prairie]] - from the [[Oklahoma]] border east of Lake Texoma to just north of [[Austin]].
 
* [[Blackland Prairie]] - from the [[Oklahoma]] border east of Lake Texoma to just north of [[Austin]].
 
* [[Post Oak Savannah]] - from the edge of the [[Piney Woods]] down into the cradle between [[Austin]] and [[Houston]].
 
* [[Post Oak Savannah]] - from the edge of the [[Piney Woods]] down into the cradle between [[Austin]] and [[Houston]].
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*[[Arlington_(Texas)|Arlington]] - Amusement parks and the Texas Rangers. "Fun Central"
 
*[[Arlington_(Texas)|Arlington]] - Amusement parks and the Texas Rangers. "Fun Central"
 
*[[Bryan-College Station]] - Brazos Valley. Home to Texas A&M University.
 
*[[Bryan-College Station]] - Brazos Valley. Home to Texas A&M University.
*[[Denton]] - Home of the Texas Motor Speedway.
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*[[Denton]] - University town with a vibrant music scene and easy access to the Texas Motor Speedway.
 
*[[Dallas]] - The Arts, the dining, the nightlife… Dallas has it all.
 
*[[Dallas]] - The Arts, the dining, the nightlife… Dallas has it all.
 
*[[Fort Worth]] - "Where the West begins".  
 
*[[Fort Worth]] - "Where the West begins".  
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*[[Gonzales]] - "The Birthplace of Texas Independence" Historical sites, festivals, good eats, and shopping
 
*[[Irving]] - Home of the Las Colinas Urban Development Center, and (until 2009) the Dallas Cowboys.
 
*[[Irving]] - Home of the Las Colinas Urban Development Center, and (until 2009) the Dallas Cowboys.
 
*[[Mesquite (Texas)|Mesquite]] - The Mesquite Championship Rodeo.
 
*[[Mesquite (Texas)|Mesquite]] - The Mesquite Championship Rodeo.
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==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
* '''Dinosaur Velley State Park'''
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* '''Dinosaur Valley State Park'''
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* '''Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge'''
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
Understand that Dallas/Fort Worth is very large and sprawled over a vast area of Northeast Texas.  Visitors from certain parts of the country might find the freeway/tollway system a bit confusing, especially at interchanges such as the huge "High Five" in North Dallas.  However, the freeways are by far the best way to get around a city of this size.
 
 
Dallas is surrounded by three circular freeways, or "loops": Loop 12/Northwest Highway being the innermost, I-635/Lyndon Baines Johnson Freeway being the intermediate, and the George Bush turnpike being the outermost.  (Although for now the Bush turnpike is only a half-loop in North Dallas.)
 
 
Coming into Dallas from the west (Fort Worth) there are four major freeways: I-20 in the southern part of the city, I-30 bisecting the middle of the city, and Highway 360/Highway 114 merging with the major North/South thoroughfare (I-35E) in the northwest part of the city. 
 
 
As far as North/South thoroughfares, I-35E and I-45 come into the city from the south.  I-35 continues past downtown and into Oklahoma, while I-45 becomes I-75/Central Expressway at the downtown interchange.  Coming north out of downtown there are I-35E, I-75/Central Expressway and the Dallas North Tollway.
 
 
Fort Worth receives I-20, I-30/Tom Landry Freeway, and Highway 360 on its Eastern edge as these thoroughfares come in from Dallas.  Fort Worth is "looped" by the ever-popular Loop 820.
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
The area is simple to get around, especially in the Metroplex.  A large network of freeways and loops exists throughout Dallas/Fort Worth. 
 
 
DART is the public transportation system in Dallas, operating an extensive bus and rail network.  For stays in the downtow/uptown Dallas area, the rail network can be a very inexpensive and efficient way to travel.
 
 
Nearby Fort Worth operates "The T".  Primarily a bus system, The T does operate a train which travels between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas, interchanging with DART rail upon reaching Dallas.
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
  
===Itineraries===
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Many rivers and lakes are in this area. Camping and RV'ing is very popular here.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Revision as of 13:19, 29 March 2012

The Prairies and Lakes Region is located in the north central part of Texas. It is home to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the forth largest metropolitan area in the United States. This region also has a beautiful countryside with ranches, "bed and breakfasts", and many recreational lakes. Whether you're looking for the excitement of a big town (shopping, dining, nightlife), or for a more leisurely time in the rural areas, you'll find it here in the Prairies and Lakes Region.

Contents

Regions

The Prairies and Lakes region of Texas is divided into 3 bands which run roughly northeast to southwest, plus the metropolitan area of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Cities

Prairies and Lakes region of Texas
  • Addison - Over 170 restaurants in 4 square miles (10sqkm).
  • Arlington - Amusement parks and the Texas Rangers. "Fun Central"
  • Bryan-College Station - Brazos Valley. Home to Texas A&M University.
  • Denton - University town with a vibrant music scene and easy access to the Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Dallas - The Arts, the dining, the nightlife… Dallas has it all.
  • Fort Worth - "Where the West begins".
  • Gonzales - "The Birthplace of Texas Independence" Historical sites, festivals, good eats, and shopping
  • Irving - Home of the Las Colinas Urban Development Center, and (until 2009) the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Mesquite - The Mesquite Championship Rodeo.
  • Waco - Cattle, cotton, corn, collegians, and culture.

Other destinations

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park
  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

Understand

Get in

Get around

See

Do

Many rivers and lakes are in this area. Camping and RV'ing is very popular here.

Eat

Drink



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