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 initially attracted about 14,000 Texans in 1886. Now, attendance regularly surpasses 3.5 million. With the crowds comes the best barbecues, best rodeos and best displays of Texan pride.
- Shop till You Drop Reportedly Dallas has more square footage of shopping than either New York or Los Angeles, and North Dallas is home to the best of it.
The Wild West has few strongholds left. Luckily, the dual nature of Dallas-Fort Worth allows the city to harbor such an outpost alongside modernity. Previously two separate cities, this metroplex emerged when urban sprawl bridged the 30-mile gap. Those looking for an upscale, urban environment complete with fine dining, rowdy sporting events and trendy boutiques will probably enjoy Dallas; whereas those allured by cowboys and honky-tonk will probably be more partial to Fort Worth.
Dallas has witnessed many major moments in American history, including the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the lawless antics of Bonnie and Clyde. And it has preserved its heritage with museums like The Sixth Floor Museum. Fort Worth, on the other hand, has maintained its connection to the past by sustaining rodeos, cattle drives and other decidedly Western practices. Possibly the most authentically Texan city, Fort Worth attracts visitors searching for true Texan character.
How To Save Money in Dallas - Fort Worth
- DART around town Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which has kept up with the city's expansion and covers much of the city, is a cheap means of getting around.
- Look but don't touch The Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, and the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens are free.
- America's (Cheapest) Pastime Tickets for the Texas Rangers baseball team and The RoughRiders, the city's minor-league AA team, start at under $10 and will include an afternoon of family time.
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. While Fort Worth remains true to its roots, TripAdvisor says that Dallas is all about size -- from big cars to big hair -- so don't be afraid to be a little flashy.
When it comes to entertainment, Dallas and Fort Worth hit the field. Home to "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys (and their ever-popular cheerleaders), the Metroplex takes its football seriously. Join in the fun at Cowboys 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 come big appetites, and this city knows how to satisfy them. Recently, Dallas has transformed from a city crowded with steakhouses and Tex-Mex restaurants to a haven of international cuisine. And today you can find most everything your stomach desires, from Mediterranean cuisine to Latin American favorites.
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. Many dining establishments have put a modern spin on beloved recipes, such as tacos and rib-eye steaks. But don't worry: Old-fashioned chili and chicken-fried steak are staple dishes at many of Fort Worth's restaurants.