Destination guide

Denton’s a part of Texas that’s both quaint and hip

At first glance, Denton looks every inch a quaint Texas prairie town, surrounded by horse farms, and featuring mom-and-pop stores around the city center. Yet there’s another, edgier, hipper side to this college town 40 miles north of Dallas. Its burgeoning music scene has earned praise from the international press, who’ve dubbed it a fresher, more independent alternative to Austin’s scene. Denton vacation rentals, which include ranch homes with acres of pastures and ponds, will let you explore both sides of this fascinating region – from the rustic splendor to hedonistic nights out that quite literally hit all the right notes.

Things to do

Pretty, historic landmarks in Denton

There’s history around every corner in Denton. One standout structure is the Bayless-Selby House Museum. This Victorian, Queen Anne-style house was built back in the late 19th century, and is today preserved as a portal to the past. The immaculate, antique furnishings inside give you a glimpse of a bygone era in Texan life. Meanwhile, it’s always worth checking out what’s showing at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center – an exhibition space set within a 1929 building that was once a steam power plant. The most iconic building in Denton, however, is the Courthouse-on-the-Square, which was built in in 1896 and now features a cozy museum on the history of the town.


Horse farms and hip bars in Denton

If you have a love of horses, this one’s a no-brainer. Head out on a self-guided driving tour of the North Texas horse country, which surrounds the urban core, and you’ll find yourself amid over 300 horse farms. These are working ranches, though some welcome drop-in visitors. Meanwhile, back in town, you can go for an amble around the main square, which is dotted with quirky, independent shops selling clothes and antiques, as well as places to chill out with a coffee and watch buskers doing their thing. Then, come nightfall, you can experience the celebrated music scene in one of the buzzing dive bars, before flopping into bed at your nearby Denton vacation rental.


Putting a spring in your step in Denton

If you had to pick just one season to come book your Denton vacation rental, spring would be it. This is when the weather is warm, yet always comfortable, and the sun-dappled surroundings just beg to be explored. It’s also when a number of festivals bring locals and visitors together, including the 35 Denton music festival, which draws in rock bands and country stars, and the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which will have you tapping and nodding along to the live performances.

Natural features

Water and wilderness near Denton

To the southeast of Denton lies Lewisville Lake, one of the largest bodies of water in the state. On a hot day, there’s no better way to cool down than going for a dip here, while others may prefer to find one of the sandy sections of the shore to bask and relax on. Meanwhile, to the north of Denton, you’ll find Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, which encompasses almost 3,000 acres of hardwood forests and wildlife-filled wetlands. Bring your binoculars to seek out the local birds and really get back to nature.

How to get there

How to get to and around Denton

The nearest airport is in Dallas, TX (DFW-Dallas-Fort Worth Intl.), located 22.6 mi (36.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Dallas, TX (ADS-Addison), which is 24.5 mi (39.5 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Denton?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,015 vacation rentals near Denton. From 608 Houses to 270 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Denton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Denton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Denton:

  • Las Colinas: 16 vacation rentals
  • Far North Dallas: 189 vacation rentals
  • North Dallas: 28 vacation rentals
  • Northwest Dallas: 22 vacation rentals
  • Park Central: 54 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Denton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Denton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of North Texas: 167 vacation rentals
  • Water Works: 157 vacation rentals
  • Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum: 177 vacation rentals
  • Denton County African American Museum: 174 vacation rentals
  • Oakmont Country Club: 294 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Denton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Denton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 608 Houses in Denton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Denton include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 270 rentals available
  • Cabins: 22 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 50 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Guest houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Denton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 341 vacation rentals with pool available in Denton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.