Where can you find both cowboy style and high culture? Why, ol’ Fort Worth, of course. Young urbanites have flocked to the city, attracting excellent eateries, and the arts district is one of the state’s finest. But this cowtown’s history keeps the place grounded, and the pace laid-back.
Every day at 11:30am a cattle drive crosses the Stockyard’s Historic District. Ok, so there may only be 10 longhorns and two cowboys, but it’s enough to get a feel for the Old West. Somehow the cowboy-kitsch shops, restaurants and attractions – such as a steam railroad – stay just this side of theme park-esque.
Southwest of the Stockyards, the Cultural District contains three superlative art venues: the Kimbell Art, the Modern Art and the Amon Carter museums. For something less high-falutin’, the nearby National Cowgirl Museum is also a kick in the pants. Come nightfall, mosey over to Sundance Square for live entertainment and a meal. No need to dress up – boots and jeans are always just fine in Fort Worth.