Dallas-Fort Worth

3-DAY Dallas & Fort Worth (DFW), TExas ITINERARY

Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Downtown's Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. In the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art cover thousands of years of art. The sleek Nasher Sculpture Center showcases contemporary sculpture, per Google. 

Fort Worth is a city in North Central Texas. In the late 19th century, it became an important trading post for cowboys at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Today, it's a modern city, with international art institutions like the Kimbell Art Museum. The Fort Worth Stockyards are home to rodeos, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors pioneers, per Google.

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Must do, must see, must try:

MOO

Put on your cowboy boots and Giddy Up! Two-stepping, ya'll, and not knowing a stranger is the vibe of Texas.

GET IN MY BELLY

BBQ and all the sides. Eat as much as you can, and then eat some more. 

BIG CITY, BIG FEEL

Dallas and Fort Worth are growing rapidly each day - while it's booming the architecture is soaring. 

The Perfect 3-Day DFW Itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS

AirBnB for Dallas by Downtown or Uptown; Fort Worth, stay near the Stockyards or Water Gardens

Hotel: Dallas-Hilton Anatole ($$$) and Fort Worth-Stockyards Hotel ($$)

CLIMATE

If you want to avoid the summer heart, September through November are not overwhelming hot and the tourist traffic has calmed down.

TRANSPORTATION

Dallas nor Fort Worth are fully walk-able, you need to drive to your destination. If you didn't drive, consider renting a car. Utilize Lyft for those fun nights out.

ENVIRONMENT

Language is English

Currency: US Dollar

LIFESTYLE

Nice city for a chill weekend with friends or a loved one. Not ideal for a party scene like a bachelor trip. Lots of museums and parks to visit.

Dallas and Fort Worth are separated by 40 minutes and between the two cities, they attract thousands of visitors each year in addition to their student population. Besides the beautiful rolling hills, DFW offers splendid art, unique neighborhoods, and historical pasts.

DFW has great music festivals, sports events, and more so check the calendar and see a show. And if you can swing it, Texas State Fair is something you don't want to miss out on.

Day one - Dallas, TX

Late morning drive to Dallas

1 PM - Check-in at friends place then back in the car for Trinity Groves (restaurants, shops and more​)

  • If you are craving something sweet, venture to Cake Bar ($$, Desserts)

Or hike up White Rock Lake; time spent is 3-4 hours

3 PM - Coffee break at White Rock Coffee ($, Coffee & Tea)

  • Too hot for coffee? Sno ($, Shaved Ice)

7 PM Dinner: The Porch ($$, Southern); Gloria's ($$, Mexican); La Duni ($$, Latin American); Lavendou ($$$, French)

Drinks: The Rustic ($$, Bar)

Venture around Knox-Henderson area

  • Casual bars: Capitol Pub, The Old Monk

  • Lively bars: Knox Street Pub, The Skellig or Henderson Tap House

Finish the night at Beauty Bar

Day Two - Fort Worth, TX

9 AM - Start with coffee and then drive to Fort Worth

10 AM - Kimbell Art Museum; time spent is 2-3 hours, $18 USD and free on Sunday & opens at noon

1 PM Lunch options: Hunter Bros H3 Ranch ($$, Steakhouse); Riscky's Steakhouse ($$, Steakhouse); Horseshoe Hill Cafe ($$, American); Habanero's Gill & Cantina ($$, Mexican)

Then visit the Botanic Garden (time spent is 2 hours; free or $7 to include Japanese Gardens)

3 PM - Walk around the Stockyards National Historic District

  • Venture to Cross-Eyed Moose - unusual and fascinating antique shop

4 PM - Get ready for the HERD 

6 PM - Sundance Square - a 35-block filled with restaurants, shops, galleries and venues

7 PM - Dinner in Sundance Square, options: Reata ($$$, Steakhouse); Bird Cafe ($$, American & Wine Bar); Del Frisco's Grille ($$, American); Razzoo's Cajun Cafe ($$, Seafood); Mi Cocina ($$, Mexican)

Head back to Dallas

Day Three

Breakfast: Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery, go for 'The Deluxe' ($$, American); or Hattie's ($$, Southern)

Day Options:

Catch a game - FC Dallas soccer; Cowboys football; Mavericks basketball; Stars hockey; Rangers baseball

Dinner: The Social House ($$, American)

Goodbye Dallas and Fort Worth. Head home.

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MY TRAVELS

Howdy. Dallas and Fort Worth are fun Texas cities to visit and while there's plenty in each city to do, I like to combine both cities when I visit - and a weekend is all that's needed. Each city offers a variety of museums, outdoor fun and food, food, and more food. Might be making this up, but I think there's a ratio out there that says there are 4 restaurants to every 1 person in Dallas. Seems excessive, but count how many restaurants you see - not so far fetched after all. 

Dallas is a big, spread out city. You'll be driving and driving to the next place; I wish this was easier. So when visiting, usually staying in one section in Dallas works easier so you don't waste time sitting in traffic. The food here is extra - meals with drinks included, drinks the size of plates. I mean 'everything is bigger in Texas'.

Fort Worth is also spread out but a fun city to see. It feels more easy going here, can't quite put my finger on why it feels this way. You'll have to judge, but it's a nice and friendly city that you'll enjoy seeing. 

 

Although they are not that different, the cities feel different. Dallas seems like a business-focus place while Fort Worth is it's free-loving garden. Other are unique, but similar; maybe like sisters. Different personalities by related and you can tell. Enjoy exploring both cities and taking in all of Texas. Don't forget the cowboy boots. Yeehaw.

Safe travels, 

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