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sightseeing on the way to Fort Worth

by ohsobright Online Now Apr 28, 2007 at 1:17 AM

Hi, we want to drive to Fort Worth when we are over in Austin. can anyone tell me the best route to take, any places worth seeing to stop at en route?
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    Re: sightseeing on the way to Fort Worth

    by mccalpin Online Now Apr 28, 2007 at 7:51 AM

    Well, you can see that the fastest route is up I-35 straight into Ft. Worth. Except for the huge amount of traffic on the highway and the seemingly never-ending construction, that should be a breeze ;-)

    However, if you are not in a hurry, you can look for wineries near Austin and for nature near Glen Rose and Granbury.

    Look at texaswinetrail.com/index.htm... and find the map...you will see that there are a number of wineries west of Austin...in addition, this is an attractive (for Texas) area to drive through.

    Once you have done with that, drive north through a series of small towns (the "real" Texas) in the direction of Glen Rose. Glen Rose is known for several things:
    (1) Comanche Peak nuclear power plant (unfortunately, tours are only during the week by appointment),
    (2) Dinosaur State Park where - somewhat unbelievably - you can actually walk in the dinosaur footsteps - take shoes that you don't mind getting wet, since the footprints are in the river bottom - see tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/find... ,
    (3) Fossil Rim - a very large outdoor preserve that you can drive through with a lot of large, non-native critters,
    (4) Big Rocks Park - the rocks really aren't that big, but the cool Paluxy River becomes shallow at this point passing over and through the rocks, and it is a great place to stick your feet in the water on a hot Texas day.

    Then drive up to Granbury, which is known for being "cute" as well as becoming housing for lake people and long-distance commuters to Ft. Worth.

    There - you now have enough stuff to do for several days ;-)

    Bill

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  • Re: sightseeing on the way to Fort Worth

    by ohsobright Online Now May 6, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    thanks for that info, the wine trail looks great. looking forward to our trip.
    KG

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