Dallas – Fort Worth Travel Tips
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- Try the BBQ An integral part of the Texan culture that everyone (except vegetarians) will enjoy and that won't push your budget.
- Texas on display The Texas State Fair draws millions of attendees each year with the promise of the best barbecues, best rodeos and best displays of Texan pride. Plan your trip for late September or early October to join in.
- More than meets the eye The Metroplex is a thriving epicenter of art, shopping and cuisine, so don't rule out this destination simply because you're not into sports or rodeos.
Everything you associate with Texas can be found in Dallas – Fort Worth. This is where you come to see the Dallas Cowboys play and the Fort Worth cowboys rope — where big hats, big hair and big horns are the norm. But stereotypes are just the tip of the DFW iceberg: The Metroplex is a hotbed of history, art, sports and family-centric exploits. The problem is that all of these enticements can be found in both cities, so determining where to allocate your time can get tricky.
So plan an even 50-50 split: Though the 32-mile trek may seem like too much of a stretch, you would be remiss to confine yourself to only half of Dallas – Fort Worth. If you're interested in history, you can start your visit off at the Fort Worth Stockyards before touring Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas. Meanwhile, art buffs can divvy up their time between Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art. And if you've brought the kids along, devote some time to both the Fort Worth Zoo and the Dallas World Aquarium. (While you're at it, stop in at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.)
How To Save Money in Dallas – Fort Worth
- Keep your eyes peeled for deals There's no shortage of hotels here — Dallas alone contains more than 30,000 hotel rooms. If you're diligent about doing research you should have no trouble finding a bargain, especially if you plan a winter or a summer trip.
- Sightsee for free Several top DFW attractions — including the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Kimbell Art Museum — do not charge admission fees.
- Purchase a Party Pass If you're hoping to catch a Cowboys game, skip the full-price seats and opt for a Party Pass instead. You'll have to stand for the whole game, but you'll save big bucks.
Dallas – Fort Worth Culture & Customs
Although both Dallas and Fort Worth are home to high-end art and cultural districts, the Metroplex has not forgotten its Wild West heritage. Cowboy hats and boots are not uncommon here, and cattle drives still take place in Fort Worth on a daily basis. Meanwhile, reminders of the Civil Rights Era linger in downtown Dallas, particularly around downtown's Dealey Plaza.
But don't assume DFW's completely caught in the past — in fact, the opposite is true. You'll find a thriving arts scene here comprising everything from world-class art museums like the Kimbell Art Museum and the Nasher Sculpture Center to the jazz, rock and blues clubs of Deep Ellum. You'll also find a larger-than-life shopping scene here with a variety of places to give your credit card a workout, from big-name department stores to bohemian shops.
No discussion of DFW culture would be complete without addressing locals' love for America's Team: the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys (and their ever-popular cheerleaders) are a popular topic of conversation here. Join in the fun at AT&T Stadium or mingle with fellow fans at one of the cities' many sports bars.
Dallas – Fort Worth Dining
One thing is for sure: You definitely won't go hungry in Dallas or Fort Worth. With big business comes big appetites, and this city knows how to satisfy them.
The DFW Metroplex is known for red meat and Tex-Mex. For a prime cut, head to Al Biernat's on the northeast edge of Dallas' Oak Lawn district. You'll spend a pretty penny to eat here, but avid foodies swear the steak is worth the price. For a bite of rave-worthy Mexican fare, make your way to Tina's Cocina south of downtown Fort Worth. Locals say the pozole is excellent.
Recently, Dallas has transformed into a haven of international cuisine. Today you can find most everything your stomach desires, from Mediterranean cuisine to Latin American favorites. For fresh sushi, try Yutaka Sushi Bistro in Uptown, or sample the spicy curries at Mughalai, an Indian restaurant in North Dallas.
Like the city itself, dining choices in Fort Worth remain traditional. Although you can find the occasional international restaurant, Fort Worth's restaurants have focused on revamping its traditional barbecue and chophouse cuisine. But don't worry: Old-fashioned chili and chicken-fried steak are staple dishes at many of Fort Worth's restaurants. To sink your teeth into some authentic Fort Worth barbecue, head to Riscky's Barbeque or Sonny Bryan's, both of which have multiple locations.