Best Weekend Trips
from Dallas, TX

Fodor's recommends the best weekend getaway ideas near Dallas, TX. Our itineraries include romantic, family, and girl's getaway experiences.

  • Photo of Fort Worth
    Fort Worth

    Dallasites who haven't ventured west of DFW in a while will find plenty to occupy themselves with for a weekend in Fort Worth, including world-class museums, rich cultural heritage, and nationally recognized cuisine. Born of a cowboy past (one of its nicknames is "Cowtown"), Fort Worth also still showcases that authentic Texas flair—think ten-gallon hats and custom-made boots—that many tourists (especially international ones) come here to experience.

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    • Distance: 33 miles
    • Best Time: Year Round
    • Best for: Family Arts and Culture Food and Wine
  • Photo of Granbury and Glen Rose
    Granbury and Glen Rose

    It's easy to shake off city life in these two picturesque towns, set near each other in the southwestern part of North Texas' Plains and Lakes region. Here, among a hilly landscape lush with juniper, pecan, and sycamore trees, the outdoor possibilities include everything from hiking among dinosaurs footprints and kayaking along the Brazos River to lazing on a lakeside beach and even overnighting at a wildlife refuge.

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    • Distance: 70 miles
    • Best Time: March to May; September to November
    • Best for: Family Outdoor Shopping
  • Photo of Palestine

    In the heart of Texas' scenic Piney Woods region, you'll find magnolia, cypress, pine, and oak trees lining the roads. Come spring, wisteria and azaleas add vivid bursts of color. Nestled here is the town of Palestine (pronounced "pal-uh-steen"), notable for its architecture, rich history, and scenic dogwood trails.

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    • Distance: 113 miles
    • Best Time: March to April; October to November
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Shopping
  • Photo of Waco

    About ninety-five miles from Dallas, this city of about 130,000 residents is both pretty—it sits on the Brazos River and is full of green spaces—and pretty interesting, with museums for a wide array of interests, a noted zoo, and even important prehistoric finds.

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    • Distance: 95 miles
    • Best Time: February to April; September to November
    • Best for: Family Budget Arts and Culture
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