The bustling North Texas region that is Dallas-Fort Worth, more commonly known as “DFW” or ‘the Metroplex,’ encompasses a multitude of neighborhoods, suburbs and small cities—all of which are proud of their unique identities and their home within one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Whether for business or pleasure, travelers will often arrive at DFW International Airport or Dallas Love Field and be pleasantly surprised at the thriving culture, impeccable cuisine and world-class entertainment Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer.
Go big, or go home is the motto here: It applies to sports, business, fashion, nightlife and various aspects of local culture, from the sprawling Dallas Arts District downtown to annual events like the State Fair of Texas, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the AT&T Byron Nelson and more. Sophisticated, stylish and progressive, the city of Dallas possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, a fast-paced nature and worldly perspective that’s visibly demonstrated through its award-winning architecture, collection of internationally renowned museums and top-of-the-line luxury shopping destinations—NorthPark Center, Highland Park Village and the Galleria, to name a few. Meanwhile, an underbelly of arts and culture has remained a driving force in the “shop small” and “eat local” movements. In Fort Worth, the vibe is equal parts cowboy, classic and contemporary; find The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Kimbell Art Museum nestled snugly in the heart of the city’s cultural district, which lies just north of the indie Magnolia Avenue neighborhood and just a stone’s throw from downtown’s West 7th entertainment hub and historic Sundance Square.
Downtown Dallas’ most-visited destination is arguably the JFK Memorial and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in historic West End, which offers a moving and insightful experience that makes a stop by the grassy knoll even more memorable. Across the street is the Old Red Museum, which houses a vault of Dallas history, and nearby are destinations including Reunion Tower, Union Station (for public transit), Thanks-Giving Square, American Airlines Center and Victory Park, the flagship Neiman Marcus store and the Dallas Farmers Market. Visitors receive a major dose of the old American West—not to mention the novelty of walking around with an open beer— in the Fort Worth Stockyards, rife with cowboy culture and rustic Western charm.
Top family activities and attractions for all-ages include Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Six Flags Over Texas, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Fort Worth Zoo or Dallas Heritage Village. Home of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys, Arlington’s Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium each play host to sporting events, local festivals and concerts each year. Cowboys fans will also enjoy playing a round at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine (in addition to countless other well-kept, year-round public courses) or visiting the franchise’s new headquarters and training facility in Frisco. For live music, look no further than Deep Ellum, the Granada Theater or the Kessler in Dallas; in Fort Worth, try legendary dance hall Billy Bob’s in the Stockyards, Scat Jazz Lounge or Shipping and Receiving. For a taste of the great outdoors, check out Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, White Rock Lake, the Katy Trail or Dinosaur Valley State Park. Regardless of where one lands in the Metroplex, there is one rule: One mustn’t leave without indulging in some real Tex-Mex, Texas barbecue or steak. And finally, don’t be surprised by genuine Southern hospitality; it’s not uncommon for passers-by to greet you with a nod a smile or a warm welcome in any part of Dallas-Fort Worth.