The Best Southwest is a prime destination for any nature lover, sports enthusiast, or history buff.  Discover why tourism is our cleanest industry as you hike miles of natural reserves and preserves, or catch a game at one of the nearly 50 competitive athletic events the region hosts every year.  Whatever your interest, we have it!

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The Best Southwest boast 76 parks on approximately 3,200 acres, part of a larger 12,000-acre greenbelt unsurpassed in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

The region has a network of comprehensive trails and bikeways compatible with the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan, the Veloweb element of the North Central Texas Council of Governments' (NCTCOG) Mobility 2040 Plan, and NCTCOG's Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Design Guidelines.

Cedar Mountain Preserve

The 12,000-acre greenbelt that winds through the Best Southwest area is visible from over 500 miles above earth.

Duncanville Fieldhouse

There were over 300 competitive cycling events in Texas in 2015. That's nearly 6 per week.


Some of the top regional, national, and international talent come to compete in the Best Southwest.  The region hosts over 50 athletic events each year.

Facilities include 43 baseball fields, 10 basketball courts, 2 public disc golf courses, 10 football fields, 44 soccer fields, 34 softball fields, and 10 volleyball courts ideal for tournaments and casual play.


The Best Southwest lies within the Texas Lakes Trail Region, one of the ten regions comprising the Texas Heritage Trails Program.  This cooperative initiative encourages communities and heritage regions to promote Texas' historic and cultural resources.

As a part of the Texas Lakes Trail Region, the Best Southwest is home to numerous museums, historic downtowns and landmarks, and rich western culture.

Pilot at Lancaster Regional Airport

More than 10.5% of all travel in Texas is heritage-related and heritage tourists represent nearly 12.5% of total visitor spending.

Of the $70.5 billion in total direct travel spending, heritage travelers spend $7.3 billion, create 54,000 jobs statewide and generate $46.6 million in state and local taxes through their spending.

Theater Performance

The Corner Theatre in DeSoto has been in continuous operation since 1996. It is the home for local professional and community theater companies including the African American Repertory Theater and CrossOver Theater Company.

Shopping, Dining, Entertainment

Shopping and dining options in the Best Southwest range from national retailers and chain restaurants to local boutiques and cafes.

The region is rich in quality, family-friendly entertainment.  Theater performances and concerts can be enjoyed nearly year around, as well as many other recreational activities.

  • Shopping
    • 4.9 M s.f. of shopping in over 30 retail centers
  • Over 250 restaurants
  • Entertainment
    • 4 community theaters
    • 2 multi-plex movie theaters
    • 5 outdoor amphitheaters
    • 8 public swimming pools
    • over 65 lanes for bowling
    • 7 roller rinks

Events and Festivals

Many events and festivals are held throughout the Best Southwest.  They include arts festivals, sports tournaments, fun runs, concert series, and long standing community celebrations.

The largest of these events is the Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration, and each summer, festival-goers flock to the area for this unique experience.  The event is a collaborative effort between the Best Southwest's four core cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster, to honor the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.