During your visit to Fort Worth, you’ll find Texans to be among the kindest and most welcoming people on earth. They are very proud of their history and take pride in once being a country for nine years before becoming a state. Fort Worth was a center for cattle drives and the ranching industry and has since embraced its western cowboy heritage. You will not be hard-pressed to find plenty of cowboy hats, boots, Texas belt buckles and ‘howdy y’all’ greetings as you explore the 23-day long Stock Show and Rodeo.
Fort Worth has many diverse and unique attractions that will suit even the pickiest of travelers. If you’re into the arts, the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Modern Art Museum are highlights, plus there are many more galleries to explore. History buffs should take note; the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is filled with cowboy history, daily cattle drives, live music, food, rodeos, historical reenactments, and more. Music lovers will find some of the best indoor and outdoor music concerts in the state. If you want a real cowboy experience, check out Fort Worth’s legendary Stock Show and Rodeo.
Fort Worth’s geographical position in the Southwest, historical cattle industry and Mexican influences have made it a regional go-to for barbecue, steaks, and the best Tex-Mex around. Beef is king, and the city has a unique mixture of Southern, Western, and Texas cuisine. You will definitely need to loosen your belt after you eat your way through the best restaurants Fort Worth has to offer.
Whether you prefer flying, driving, busing or taking the train, getting to Cowtown is quicker and simpler than ever. If you’re an avid flyer, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport sits perfectly between Dallas and Fort Worth, with just a half-hour drive from either city. If you’re driving, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is intercepted by Interstates 20, 30, 35 and 45, allowing drivers easy access from anywhere in and around the state. Both an Amtrak train and a Greyhound Bus ride will take you to the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center. The ITC is located a few minutes’ walk from the city center and also serves as a connection station for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the Trinity Rail Express.
One thing you’ll notice if you’re visiting Texas for the first time is that Texans love to drive. With such wide open spaces, the good folks of Texas constructed their buildings farther apart. Therefore, a car will be your best mode of transportation in Fort Worth. However, public transportation is readily available and The Fort Worth Transportation Authority has taken more recent strife to make their bus and train system more efficient.
For a comfortable, modern upscale hotel, the Omni Fort Worth will cater to your needs. If you’re in search for a step back in time, the Fort Worth Stockyards Hotel will provide an excellent cowboy experience located within the Historic Stockyards District. You could even sleep in the same hotel JFK spent his last night on earth in – the Hilton Forth Worth will accommodate the conspiracy theorist within you. If you’re into the supernatural, Miss Molly’s supposedly haunted hotel is renowned for its paranormal activity.
Safety tips and traveling solo
Traveling alone can be a fun, safe and memorable experience if done wisely. Common sense can go a long way in keeping you away from danger. Here are a few tips to consider as a solo traveler. First, stick with the crowd; avoid deserted areas and back streets that do not look safe and always stay around other people. Be vigilant of your surroundings; always remain aware of what’s going on around you, and if somethings doesn’t look or feel right, seek help. Also, invest in a money belt; pickpockets can be found anywhere and often target tourists. Let someone know where you are; keep a close friend or relative updated on your whereabouts and plans in case something goes awry.