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Texas Top 40 No. 2, Denton

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2Forty minutes north of the rapidly growing cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, the college town of Denton (population 121,000, more or less) enjoys a relaxed vibe that some admirers liken to “Austin in the old days.”

Denton! For every age, for every interest! Denton has history, music, art, culture, and fun. The beautiful, historic square and courthouse area offers food, bars, museums, music, and monthly festivals, all within walking distance.” —AMY HYDOCK, CORINTH

Maybe so, if old Austin had a half-dozen coffeehouses, restaurants both fine and funky, a multi-story used bookstore, multiple live-music venues, art galleries, shops, and a restored 1896 courthouse—all within walking distance. And while you could easily while away a few days in Denton proper, the surrounding countryside has its charms, too. Among the guided and self-guided tours offered by the Denton CVB, a tour of the area’s horse country, where more than 350 horse farms raise and train equines of many breeds, might open your eyes about an industry as tied to Texas as it is to Kentucky.

For more information, call the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau, 888/381-1818.

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