About Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas and Fort Worth, separated by 30 mi of suburbs, aren't exactly twin cities—they're more like cousins who squabble more than they get along. Their roots are different, yet intertwined. Dallas has almost always been a center of trade, built on the ideals of capitalism and progress—and great leaps of faith. Fort Worth's prosperity was established when the town became a stop on the Chisholm Trail, and continued when the city became a major railhead. The cattle that were herded through town more than a century ago still define the city, and its nickname, "Cowtown," persists.In Dallas, image is almost everything. There's a struggle between preservationists and those who prefer to embrace progress—even at the expense of bulldozing pieces of the past. It's hard to imagine the flashy, glitzy Victory Park—Dallas's newest entertainment district—fitting in anywhere in Fort Worth. The city and its people desperately want to be on the cusp of trends rather than following the masses, and they often take themselves very seriously. But Dallas has the results to back up its persona—the city is filled with homegrown success stories, booming businesses, and, increasingly, an evolving emphasis on the arts.Fort Worth doesn't exactly shun development, but its growth has been slower. The city and its people are more deliberate, mindful of the western legacy forever shaping their identity. That's not to say this is a town of simple country folk—Fort Worth's Cultural District houses world-class art, showcased in architecturally significant buildings.
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Things You Can’t Miss
Join the healthy people of Dallas and head to the Katy Trail, a lovely and leafy paved trail that cuts through the downtown and connects its larger parks.
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Dallas has its share of star chefs, but I love the food of Dean Fearing. He’s a kind man with a huge heart, and you can taste that in every dish he makes.
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I love to stay where I can window-shop and dream my way into a more sophisticated wardrobe. Oak Lawn and its shops are glamour central, Dallas style.
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Who said shopping isn’t a cultural experience? Obviously not someone who’s been to Highland Park Village—the country's first self-contained shopping center.
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Cool off at Schlitterbahn, Noah's Ark, Aquatica and 7 other water parks the whole family will love.
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A highlight of this 7.5-acre botanical garden is the tropical Butterfly House & Insectarium. Be there at noon for the release of newly emerged specimens.
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Learn about the sights, sounds and food of Texas Hill Country through the eyes of the Grant sisters.
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Just outside Dallas lies the proud home of all things rodeo. Put on a ten-gallon hat and get there early for a fitting pre-rodeo meal in the BBQ pavilion.
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You can't miss this striking sandstone building, which originally served as the Dallas County Courthouse, and is now a fascinating museum of local history.
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The recently unveiled new home of the Perot Museum is a truly eye-catching addition to Dallas. Venture inside, and interact with the wonderful exhibits.
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