The Prairies and Lakes Region is located in the north central part of Texas. It is home to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the fourth 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.


Map of Prairies and Lakes

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.


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

Other destinationsEdit

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


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  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 crosss this area from 1:40PM local time. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico to enter the US at Del Rio then through Texas into Arkansas.


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




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