Why Go To Dallas/Fort Worth
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.)
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.
Dallas/Forth Worth is ranked as:
#4 in Best Places to Visit in Texas
#20 in Best Cheap Family Vacations
Best Things To Do In Dallas/Forth Worth
If you only have a day or two, you will have to choose whether you want the Dallas or the Fort Worth experience: The sheer distance (and traffic) between the two cities will force you to be selective. However, taking three days to a week to explore both sides of DFW will expose you to the Metroplex's true nature. History buffs should tour Dallas' Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza as well as the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Families can enjoy a day at the Dallas World Aquarium or the Fort Worth Zoo, while art lovers should make time for both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum. Then meet in the middle for a Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium.
Dallas/Forth Worth Travel Tips
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.
Keep your eyes peeled for deals - There's no shortage of hotels here – Dallas alone contains more than 77,000 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 CityPASS - Save some money on admission fees by investing in a Dallas CityPASS. For one price, you'll gain entrance to some of the city's top attractions, including the Sixth Floor Museum and the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, among others.