World-class art and fine dining make Fort Worth a top Texas destination.

Global Arts in Fort Worth
Credit: Courtesy of Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

While Dallas and Fort Worth are often linked—thanks, in large part, to the international airport they share—the two cities have distinct personalities. Fort Worth is arguably more laid back though no less sophisticated thanks to its impressive arts and emerging culinary scene. Its unexpected hideaways—cheese shops, music, venues and winding waterways flanked by picnic-worthy lawns—also give it a romantic twist. —Stirling Kelso

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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.

Magnolia Cheese Shop

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.

Bass Hall Performing Arts

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.

The Usual

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).

Ashton Hotel

Old meets new at this 39-room hotel housed in a pair of historic buildings in downtown Fort Worth. Facades maintain original 1915 architectural features while rooms have amenities such as claw-footed Jacuzzi tubs and Gilchrist & Soames amenities.