Denton has been described as “everything Austin used to be” by travel writers. Home to University of North Texas, which is known for its music programs, musicians flock to Denton and its downtown square to play at clubs and venues. Also in downtown Denton, you’ll find the famous Recycled Books, a 17,000 square foot space filled to the brim with old books and music. Larry McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove, has been spotted there digging for collectible editions. For the fashion lovers, Texas Women’s University houses the Texas First Ladies’ Ball Gown Collection, which chronicles the fashions of Texas’ stylish first ladies. Horseback riding enthusiasts will definitely want to try the North Texas Horse Country Tours, a relaxing guided horseback riding trip through the rolling farmland of North Texas.