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Ben Wheeler
Glen Rose
Jefferson/Caddo Lake
Sulphur Springs
State Parks & Other North Texas Sites

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Abilene - 150 miles west of Fort Worth on I-20.   Abilene Area Map   Abilene Downtown Map

12th Armored Division Museum - Trained in Abilene, fought in Europe during World War II.
Frontier Texas Museum
The Grace Museum
Abilene Zoo
Buffalo Gap Historic Village - 12 miles southwest of Abilene on Texas-89.   Buffalo Gap Area Map

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Acton - 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth on US-377 near Granbury.   Acton/Granbury Area Map   Acton/Granbury Detail Map

Elizabeth Crockett Burial Place - Elizabeth Crockett, who lived out her later years in Texas, was second wife of Davy Crockett.

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Athens - 75 miles southeast of Dallas on US-175.   Athens Map

East Texas Arboretum  - Hiking trails.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center  - Visitor center, aquarium, fish hatchery and wetlands hiking trail.

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Ben Wheeler - Roseland Plantation is 85 miles east of Dallas starting on I-20.   Roseland Plantation Map

Roseland Plantation - Built 1854.

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Bonham - 70 miles northeast of Dallas, US-75 north to 121, then 121 to Bonham.   Bonham Map

Fannin County Museum of History - Restored Train Station with area historical exhibits.
Sam Rayburn Library & Museum -  Sam Rayburn was longest serving Speaker of the House in United States history to date.
Sam Rayburn Home -  Sam Rayburn was longest serving Speaker of the House in United States history to date.

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Corsicana - 50 miles south of Dallas on I-45.   Corsicana Map

Collin Street Bakery - World famous Fruitcakes.
Cook Center Planetarium - Navarro Collage campus.
Navarro County Expo Center - Equestrian and Rodeo Events.
The Pearce Museum - Civil War and Western Art Museum - Navarro Collage campus.
Pioneer Village Historical Museum - Navarro County history, replicas of old buildings and famous son country music singer Lefty Frizzell Museum.

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Gainesville - 60 miles north of DFW on I-35.   Gainesville Map

Frank Buck Zoo - Famous 'Bring-em Back Alive' wild animal collector Frank Buck was a native son of Gainesville.
Leonard Park - 85-acre park contains Frank Buck Zoo, playground & Frankie Schmitz Express miniature train.
Morton Museum of Cooke County - Restored old City Hall/Fire Station/Jail - Downtown - Closed Sunday-Monday.
Santa Fe Railroad Depot Museum - Local transportation history, restored Harvey Girl Quarters and film of Gainesville’s former Community Circus.

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Glen Rose - 75 miles southwest of Dallas on US Hwy-67.

Dinosaur Valley State Park - Some of the best dinosaur tracks in the world with great swimming & hiking.
Fossil Rim Animal Preserve
Sommervell Co. Expo and Texas Amphitheatre
Rhino Ridge Outfitters

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Greenville - 55 miles northeast of Dallas on I-30.

Audie Murphy Exhibit at the American Cotton Museum
Mathews Prairie Nature Preserve - Preserved 100-acre Texas Prairie land site.
Other Greenville Attractions - Greenville Chamber Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Hillsboro - 65 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth on I-35.

Cell Block Museum - Old Hill County Jail - Open limited Saturdays and by appointment - call to confirm.
Texas Heritage Museum - Texas war history museum including Audie Murphy exhibit - Hill College campus.

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Jacksboro - 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth on TX-199 Jacksboro Highway.

Fort Richardson - Old west frontier fort 1867-1878. Check calendar for living history re-enactments.

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Jacksonville - 125 miles southeast of Dallas on US Hwy-175, 45 miles south of Tyler on US-69.   Cherokee Trace Map

Cherokee Trace Safari Park - 45 miles southeast of Tyler.
Tops in Texas Rodeo - mid July annual week long rodeo.

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Jefferson/Caddo Lake

Atalanta, Jay Gould Private Railroad Car
Jefferson Historical Museum
Caddo Lake

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Kilgore/Henderson - Kilgore 125 miles E. of Dallas on I-20, Henderson 18 miles S. of Kilgore on US-259.   Kilgore Map   Henderson Map

East Texas Oil Museum - Kilgore - Memorial museum to massive East Texas Oil Field discovered in 1930 on near by Daisy Bradford farm.
Kilgore College Rangerette Showcase and Museum - Kilgore - Famous first women's precision dance drill team and parade participant.
The Depot Museum and Living History Complex - Henderson - Explore Rusk County history - Sugar Cane Heritage Syrup Festival each November.

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Ladonia - Ladonia 80 miles NE of Dallas on I-30 to Greenville, then east on Hwy 224 to Commerce and north on Hwy 50.   Ladonia Map

Ladonia Fossil Park - Hike/hunt for fossils, 2 miles north of Ladonia on Hwy 34/50 at NWC of North Sulphur River bridge. Park and walk to North Sulphur River bottom.

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Marshall - 155 miles east of Dallas on I-20.

Texas & Pacific Railway Museum - Restored Train Depot with Museum.
Wonderland of Lights - Open Wednesday before Thanksgiving - Dec.

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Eilenberger's Bakery - Same location since 1898.
Museum for East Texas Culture -
NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility - National high altitude balloon facility - Tours by appointment.
Texas State Railroad - Train runs between Palestine and Rusk.

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Texas State Railroad - Train runs between Palestine and Rusk.

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Sherman/Denison - 70 miles north of Dallas on US-75.

Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President, Birthplace - Denison.
Hagerman Wildlife Refuge - Sherman - Large flocks of Canadian Geese migrate here during winter months.
Red River Historical Museum - Sherman.

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Sulphur Springs - 80 miles northeast of Dallas on I-30.   Sulphur Springs Map

Coleman Park - 186-acre park with lakes and walking trails.
Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park - Civil War memorabilia, Caddo Indian relics, doll collection and 11-acre heritage park.
Southwest Dairy Museum and Education Center - Dairy exhibits, participation demonstrations & tours - Open Monday to Friday.

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Tyler/Lindale - 95 miles east of Dallas on I-20.   Tyler Map   Santa Land, Lindale Map

Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House - Historic home built in 1878.
Bragg Model Train Display - Cotton Belt Train Depot.
Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store
Caldwell Zoo
Dewberry Plantation - Historic home originally built in 1854 - 12 miles south of Tyler in Bullard.
Goodman-LeGrand Home/Museum - Historic home originally built in 1859.
Historic Aviation Memorial Museum - Moon rock from Apollo 15 mission on display.
Santa Land - Open Nov. - Dec. - Lindale.
Smith County Historical Museum - Located in former Carnegie Library downtown.
Tiger Creek - Tiger Preserve.
Tyler Museum of Art - Focuses on artists from Texas and surrounding states.
Tyler Rose Garden and Museum - 14 acre rose garden, largest in nation.
Tyler State Park - Camping and lake.

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Waco - 95 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth on I-35.

Cameron Park Zoo
Dr Pepper Museum - Invented in Waco, learn history of Dr Pepper and have a Dr Pepper at the soda fountain.
East Terrace & Other Historic Home Tours - Historic home tours available - Homes closed during December.
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum - Museum dedicated to famous Texas Rangers.
Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Waco Mammoth Site - Visit Exhibit at Mayborn Museum - Mammoth Exhibit, casts of mammoth bones and large screen film.

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State Parks & Other North Texas Sites

Texas State Parks - Swimming, hiking, camping and historic sites within 100 miles of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Texas Heritage Trails - Lakes Trail Region - Sites around north central Texas - Texas Historical Commission.
Texas Highways - Travel magazine of Texas published by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Silent Wings Museum - World War II Glider Pilot Museum - Lubbock (formerly located in Terrell).

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