Waco and the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex attract many visitors driving along 1-35 in their RVs and family cars. The highway splits just south of DFW and comes back together before Oklahoma, creating two very different cities and all the smaller ones in between.
The flat landscapes of north Texas contrast from the Hill Country, and in the 1800s were not big cities but towns along the Chisolm and Shawnee cattle trails. These trails separated at Waco, with the Chisolm continuing to Fort Worth and the Shawnee going through Dallas.
Now these cities are much bigger and more urban, with museums, restaurants, theme parks and many attractions. Waco is home to Baylor University, whose women’s basketball team won the 2012 NCAA championship. Many visitors also come for the Texas Rangers Museum, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Dr. Pepper museums in town.
Visit Arlington, Texas to see the 2010 and 2011 ALCS Championship winning Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys and visit Six Flags Over Texas and the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park.
Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth brings many visitors to grab a casual or gourmet meal, and head to Pete’s Dueling Piano bar or one of the other clubs or bars. Head to the Fort Worth Stockyards to watch a rodeo and two-step at Billy Bob’s. And get outdoors with a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo, Trinity Trail or the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.
Dallas is known for its recognizable skyline including the slowly revolving Reunion Tower, which provides views of the entire city from the observation deck or Wolfgang Puck’s 560 restaurant. Downtown you can find the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the Dallas Museum of Art, and head over to a Dallas Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park. The Texas State Fair and Texas vs. OU rivalry take place in the fall at Fair Park, just east of downtown. White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum give visitors plenty of outdoor views and activities to choose from.
You may not ride your horse through Waco and North Texas anymore, but you will have a great time, no matter what local campground you choose to rest your boots. After a day of walking around at the Stockyards or Six Flags, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest. Visit TexasCampgrounds.com to use our Find A Park feature to find an RV park, resort or cabin rental in north Texas.