Prairies and Lakes

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Prairies and Lakes

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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.


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.


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 - Home of the Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Dallas - The Arts, the dining, the nightlife… Dallas has it all.
  • Fort Worth - "Where the West begins".
  • 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 Velley State Park


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 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.