Old West in New Boots

As the 17th largest city in the U.S., Fort Worth has everything you would expect from a major metropolitan area.

In the “cultural capital of the Southwest,” you’ll find museums, art galleries, theater and live music; the Bass Performance Hall is home to the Fort Worth Opera and Fort Worth Symphony.

The city center boasts a buzzing nightlife and is one of the safest and most walkable urban areas in the state. Fort Worth’s food options range from burgers and BBQ (Angelo’s brisket and pork ribs are the stuff of legend) to gourmet French cuisine and organic artisan cheeses. The Texas Motor Speedway, only a 30-minute drive from downtown, hosts popular events like NASCAR and IndyCar racing.

But how many other big cities have a daily cattle drive, or can claim the world’s largest honky-tonk (Billy Bob’s Texas)? How many have a hotel where Bonnie and Clyde hid out from the law? Despite its size and urban enticements, Fort Worth is a place with a distinct sense of character and history.

Pack your best duds, boots and sense of adventure—in this contemporary cow town, you’re likely to need all three.

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