Dallas/Ft. Worth

Dallas/Ft. Worth Travel Guide

Since 1866, ranchers have sold and traded cattle at this market; sales reached their peak in 1944 when the stockyards processed 5,277,496 heads. While regular auctions have long since ceased, the historic district still hosts a daily cattle drive and weekend rodeos. 

Located in the middle of the Fort Worth stockyards, this shop is stuffed with barrels full of sweets including old-fashioned favorites such as swirled lollypops and candy buttons.

Study up on the history of the cattle industry from its open range days in the 1850s to the modern era of mechanized ranches and online auctions. There’s also a collection of antique saddles, hand-forged spurs, and over a thousand branding irons.

Stop in to cheerful eatery, brilliantly lit thanks to its corner located and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, to pair cheese and charcuterie boards with bottles of wine. Check out the website for a calendar of events such as cheese tasting classes and dinners with wine pairings.

It’s unassuming from the outside, but this stylish bar with blonde-wood walls is the best place in town for a creative craft cocktail such as the Montpelier (made with bourbon, Jamaican rum, Italian vermouth and smoked maple syrup) and the Parlor (gin, Peychaud’s, apricot and lime).

This 2,000-plus seat theater topped with an 80-foot dome is not only home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the world-renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, it also regularly invites Broadway plays and global events.

Though the Dallas Museum of Art was established in 1903, the massive 370,000-square-foot location designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and positioned in the burgeoning Arts District did not become the museum's permament home until 1984.

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Every year, just two miles East of downtown Dallas, Fair Park hosts one of the largest state fairs in the United States, a Texas-sized affair that welcomes well over two million visitors.

In 1992, Robert Ozarow moved from New York to Dallas to work for an investment bank, but two years later he launched Empire Baking Company with his wife Meadors Moore.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a 10-arce complex set within the Dallas Arts District. Included in the center is the contemporary, 2,300-seat Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House as well as the vertically innovative, 12-story Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Open Thursday through Sunday nights only, PM Nightlife is billed as an "underground lounge" that caters to the well-heeled set. The interior is filled with metallic hues of gold, silver, and copper accented by bright red rugs and lighting.

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Tadao Ando’s five glass pavilions form a Modernist trilogy with Louis Kahn’s Kimball Art Museum across the street and Philip Johnson’s Amon Carter Museum nearby.