Are you planning to head into Fort Worth or Dallas? You are in for a treat! Make sure you leave enough time to see both of these wonderful cities. They are close together, and it will only take you about forty minutes to get from one to the other. It is definitely worth it to see them both. While they are similar, they each help immerse you in the Texas culture in very unique ways.
Terry Tognazzini is the owner of the Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown and has enjoyed both cities for as long as he's been resident in Dallas. He provided me with with a list of things to see when visiting both areas.
He suggests you stay in the Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown as it makes a great base for those looking to enjoy the downtown Dallas area and also if you wish to take a trip to Fort Worth. I heartily agreed, I'd a great stay there. The hotel is ideal for those looking to stay somewhere that's great value but also offers some of life's little luxuries. Read on to discover his advice and tips.
Visiting Fort Worth
I originally made plans to head into Dallas before I was told that I absolutely had to see Fort Worth as well. I am so glad that I did! Fort Worth is different from Dallas in that it doesn't feel like a big city; you get more of a glimpse at what country life is like. In Fort Worth, you'll find the Texas Motor Speedway, as well as a cultural district and a cowboy district.
If you look at our Texas Highlights Itinerary, you'll find the Omni Fort Worth listed and that is where I stayed. This is not a small hotel. It is quite expansive, so much so that the beds are even big! You'll find an outdoor Jacuzzi, an outdoor heated pool and an outdoor bar as well. You don't have to worry about transportation because you can hop on Molly the Trolley at no cost.
Dallas is very large and there is a lot to see. Using a Segway to get around is ideal because there usually aren't a lot of people walking around outside of rush hours. Have you ever used a Segway before? I had not and I wasn't sure what to expect. However, from the moment that I jumped on one, I was hooked.
I had a couple of days in Dallas, so I decided to take one morning to roam around by Segway and see what I could discover. This turned out to be a great plan! I had not gotten on a Segway before that day, so I was a little nervous that I wouldn't know how to operate it. I almost changed my mind when I saw it waiting for me. However, the tour guide was waiting as well, so I decided I had to at least give it a try. The learning curve was very quick! The tour guide helped me figure out how to operate the Segway and we were off exploring the city in no time. The tour itself was quite interesting, and when it was all over, I realized how much I enjoyed using this mode of transportation.
When many people think of Texas, they think of trucks, cowboys and steaks. That why the Stockyards National Historic District is such a treat to visit; located in Fort Worth, it used to be an area where livestock were sold and then loaded on a train to get to their final destination. Visitors get to experience a cattle drive that happens two times per day, as well as an indoor rodeo. There are a lot of businesses that all have a cowboy theme as well.
If you are looking for a little entertainment, check out Billy Bob's Texas. Each weekend, they have different bands come out to entertain patrons. There is also bull-riding and line dancing, so if you are feeling a little competitive, mark it down as a must see attraction!
Check Out The Museums
You've probably heard of the food and entertainment that Dallas has to offer, but did you know that it also has amazing museums and art galleries? The Sixth Floor Museum is a must see; it chronicles the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which happened more than fifty years ago. The museum is housed in the same building that Lee Harvey Oswald used as his cover when shooting the president.
I wasn't quite sure if I would like the museum, to be honest. However, from the moment that I stepped in the front door, I was intrigued. I really felt like I had stepped back in time, and I also left feeling I had a much better understanding of this important moment in history. The museum is very popular and there is a lot to do, so make sure you give yourself a few hours to fully enjoy it.
If you will be in Dallas for a few days, there are a number of other museums to pick from. There is the Nasher Sculpture Center, for example, and the African American Museum. The Dallas Museum of Art is another choice, as is the Frontiers of Flight Museum.
Head To Deep Ellum
Do you love live music? You need to head over to Deep Ellum. This Dallas neighborhood has a lot to see, including breweries, street art, bars, restaurants, and unique shops.
Grab some burgers at Twisted Root or pick up some barbecue at Pecan Lodge; both of these establishments are well known in the area for their fare. Once your belly is full, walk on Main Street and head into a bar or two. You'll find live music at them all, so take your time exploring the area.
Visit The Rustic
Dallas has amazing food. There's southern fare, of course. There's also Mexican food, and not just any type of Mexican food; when in Dallas, you get to experience authentic fare. There are so many restaurants to visit that it can be a little overwhelming. One thing that you shouldn't miss is Sunday brunch.
The citizens of Dallas love brunch. What is unique is that the dishes that are served are a little unusual; you'll find chicken fried steak, tacos, grits and fried chicken, for example. The Rustic is a great choice to get an authentic Dallas brunch. You can even dine outdoors if you'd like, and you'll get to experience live music while you are at it.
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