Northwest of Dallas, Texas
Wild mustang grapes spilled over the black-land prairie in 1844, when this settlement, one of the oldest in North Texas, started its life under the Lone Star Flag. Statehood was just around the corner. Although it’s in one of the busiest corridors in Texas, Grapevine holds on to its history with a tenacious grip. Main St. itself is a historic district, preserved by descendants of the original settlers. At the Heritage Center artisans demonstrate and teach 150-year-old techniques. The Historical Museum fits nicely into an old railroad depot that dates from 1901.
The Tarantula, a refurbished 1896 steam locomotive with open-air patio cars, heads daily from the Cotton Belt Depot to Fort Worth’s historic Stockyard Station. Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, and the Judds made country-western history when they graced the stage at the Palace Theatre, which is the home of the Grapevine Opry.