Paris, Texas might not be what you think it is. When you read the name, you probably think of the French capital and how it might resemble the city of light that bears the same name.
Although it has its own version of the Eiffel Tower, complete with a giant red cowboy hat, the city has no other similarities to the French city.
It is, however, a charming American version of its European cousin with intricate fountains, beautiful historic homes and vineyards to visit.
Located just northeast of Dallas, the town was actually named after Paris, France in the 1800s when a group of people moved there after a Texan soldier moved there, which is typical of many southern cities.
You can still see much of its pioneering history around town today.
Paris, TX shares its name with a Harry Dean Stanton film; the plot of the film centers on the southern city and confuses it with the real city of love.
However, the Metro doesn’t offer nearly the same glamor and rich history. That’s fine, however, we can have our own version with its special Texas charm, and be just as happy.
The city center is probably the closest thing to feeling like you’re in France. The quaint shops and elegant plaza all provide an alluring ambience that echoes the European vibe.
There are no long walks along the Seine that you can take, only the Trail de Paris, which is a 5.3 mile walking path that takes you through the Parisian countryside.
There aren’t any iconic museums like Lourve here either, but there are plenty that focus on local history.
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.