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Fort Worth Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in Fort WorthWhere to Stay
Like any major city, Fort Worth has its fair share of posh hotels, from brands like Starwood and Omni located right in the heart of downtown, as well as a number of budget hotel chains. For special occasions, the historic Ashton hotel is a timeless choice or the Azalea Plantation offers a personalized B&B experience just outside the city.
Caution: Double check the hotel address before booking . Some search engines list Dallas/Fort Worth as one city.
What to Eat
Barbecue is king in Fort Worth and as you stroll down the Stockyards, the smell of slow-roasted barbecue is difficult to resist. Riscky's in downtown is legendary, but it's hard to go wrong in Fort Worth. You'll find a clustering of eateries in Sundance Square downtown, ranging from Asian bistros to Italian cafes. For a great Tex-Mex meal and rooftop patio seating, try Reata's on Houston Street.
Be Sure to Sample: Beef brisket.
Things to See
The main draw in Fort Worth is the Stockyards, the National Historic District that hosts a rodeo, cattle drive, live concerts, dance halls and western saloons filled with cowboys. The city is home to a surprisingly large number of incredible art museums, as well as the Grapevine Vintage Railroad which travels along the historic route between Grapevine and Fort Worth.
Caution: Be on time for the cattle drive; it only lasts a few minutes!
Places to Party
Neighborhood bar and restaurants fill up in the evenings, so you'll have your pick of where you'd like to go. In downtown, The Flying Saucer is one of the most popular, thanks to its enormous list of craft beers and a drinking club. For a down-home cowboy saloon, head to the White Elephant in the Stockyards. Party animals should not miss Billy Bob's, an enormous dance hall venue that fits as many as 6,000 people.
Caution: Get to your favorite watering hole early to get a good seat for live music.
Hot Tips: The Flying Saucer has trivia on Tuesday nights.
Where to Shop
Sundance Square offers a variety of boutiques, clothing stores and even a chocolate factory where you can sample a few treats. Head to Stockyards for all your touristy knick-knacks and western-themed items and stop by M.L. Leddy's for custom, handmade boots, belts, buckles, saddles and more. On Saturdays and Sundays, savvy travelers can visit the Cattle Barn flea market for bargain shopping.
Best Local Souvenir: Cowboy hats and boots.
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About Fort Worth
Not too long ago, when travelers flew to Dallas, Fort Worth was simply the other city listed on the luggage tag. No more. Fort Worth has embraced its Old West past while looking steadily into the future, fashioning itself into a dynamic blend of old and new with broad appeal.
Originally established in 1849 as an army fort alongside the Trinity River, one of a series of encampments designed to delineate west Texas borders and protect against attacks by Native Americans, the young city nearly vanished after the Civil War. But it soon became a stop on the Chisholm Trail, as cowboys drove cattle to Abilene and Kansas stockyards. In 1876 the Texas and Pacific Railway arrived and with it came thousands of people from the East. Seemingly overnight, Fort Worth became the hub of cattle trade in the west, with transient cowboys a major portion of its population. Saloons, bordellos and dance halls sprang up in abundance and were attractive not only to rough-and-ready cattle drivers but to a sundry variety of thieves, con-men, traders, gamblers and adventure-seekers as well. Hell's Half Acre had been born. Crime rates were alarmingly high, but by about 1900 the novelty had run its course and the only residents of and visitors... Read more »