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Outdoor Weekend in 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. Set about 76 miles from central Dallas, Glen Rose has been deemed the Dinosaur Capital of Texas, thanks to its wealth of well-preserved tracks and fossils (with the limestone-and-local-rock buildings in the town center adding to the "Flintstones" feel); it's also a hub for hiking, canoeing, and kayaking along the Brazos and Paluxy Rivers. Located about 69 miles from Dallas, charming Granbury is forever on "best small towns" lists and features a man-made lakeside beach and an idyllic town square, along with plenty of history and good eats. Together, these neighbors make for a nature-filled weekend that can be as active — or as contemplative — as you want. – by Sandra Ramani
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