With an ever expanding cultural core and burgeoning arts scene, Dallas and Fort Worth are no longer just known as ‘where the west begins’.
With a personality that epitomises the entire state of Texas, Dallas is a fast paced, energetic, and cosmopolitan city that imbibes the good times. A main stop-over hub for many international flights passing through to the west coast, Dallas is the perfect starting point for a Texan adventure.
Due to its impressive wealth, the city has developed a vibrant and forward-thinking art and design scene that could rival the likes of NYC. Look beyond the lofty sky-scrapers and you’ll find pockets of bohemia just waiting to be explored.
What to do
Head to Dragon Street in the Design District, where warehouses have been transformed into galleries devoted to contemporary artists. Dallas means business when it comes to retail therapy, with shopping almost seen as a sport in its own right. From sprawling glamorous malls to retro boutiques, Dallas sure does deliver in the fashion stakes.
Where to eat
Once you’re all shopped out and clued up on your art, you’ll be in need of some serious re-fuelling. Luckily, Dallas delivers a host of dining options from innovative establishments like Fearing’s which serves soulful south-western dishes with an elegant twist, or for authentic Tex-Mex head to La Duni Latin Café.
- Dallas Art Museum
- Nasher Sculpture Centre
- Cowboys Stadium
- Six Floor Museum
Fort Worth has blossomed into a city of fine art, theatre and music. However the essence of Fort Worth, once affectionately called ‘Cowtown’, still lies within its strong western roots. The only city to employ real cowboys and utilise a cattle drive twice daily, strolling Fort Worth’s streets you will no doubt be transferred back to the western films of your childhood, but this time in colour.
What to do
Immerse yourself in true Texan heritage and tour the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, or visit the Stockyards National Historic District which has changed little from a century ago. Alongside western legacy, Fort Worth boasts a cultural landscape that is nothing short of innovative; from modern art galleries boasting critically acclaimed architecture to the nightlife in Sundance Square, where the sun never sets and dancing never ends.
Where to eat
For fine dining, head to Eddie V’s, renowned for its expertly cooked fresh seafood matches with fine wines, perfect to warm you up for a night of bar hopping and street dancing, all in truly classic Texan style.
- Kimbell Art Museum
- Bass Performance Hall Events
- The world’s largest Honky Tonk at Billy Bob’s Texas