DFW, The Metroplex, North Texas, different names for an area that offers everything from skyscrapers to cattle yards and everything in between. Dallas and Fort Worth, it's two major cities separated by 30 miles of suburbs, aren't exactly twin cities, they're more like fraternal twins with different personalities who squabble more than they get along. Two sides of the same Texas coin whose roots are different but intertwined. New Texas vs. Old Texas but because of those differences The Metroplex offers almost everything a traveler could want in an urban vacation.
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The State Fair of Texas - Beginning in 1886, the state fair runs annually from the last Friday of September for 24 days in Dallas' Fair Park. Big Tex, a 55 foot tall cowboy statue has been it's symbol since 1952 and welcomes all at the entrance. Known for years for Fletcher's brand corny dogs but recent years have brought the introduction of unusual deep fried items such as fried Oreos, Twinkies, s'mores, pork ribs, cheesecake, butter and Coke. The centerpiece of the fair is the annual Red River Shootout, Texas vs OU football game played at the historic Cotton Bowl located within the fair grounds on the second Saturday of October.
Ft Worth Stock Show and Rodeo - The oldest continuously running livestock show and rodeo in the US, held annually in Ft Worth since 1896. The Stock Show has provided millions of dollars in grants and scholarships in its tenure. Held every year between January and February running for 23 days. The exposition offers a carnival/midway, live music and entertainment, multiple kid friendly exhibits, over 22,000 head of livestock and four acres of commercial exhibits.
JFK Sixth Floor Museum - Located in Dealey Plaza on the west side of downtown Dallas and commemorates a dark moment in Dallas history. The museum is located in the actual book depository building from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly killed President Kennedy. The Grassy Knoll and Dealey Plaza a short walk from the entrance to complete the historical experience that changed the world.
Lockhart Smokehouse - New to the Dallas BBQ scene in the Bishop Arts district but with connections to Texas BBQ royalty, the grandson of Kreuz Market in Lockhart. Like Kreuz, great brisket, sausage and don't forget the shoulder clod. It's an authentic pit so don't expect white table clothes and polished silver. They cut your meat to order and stack it on brown butcher paper and, as with all real barbecue joints, when they run out of meat they close, get there early. You won't regret it.
Cattlemen's Steakhouse - Open since 1947 and located in Ft Worth's historic stockyards, Cattlemen's, has been the go to steakhouse for Fort Worth's cowboys and bankers for generations. This Ft Worth institution has barley changed since it's opening for a reason. It's walls are covered with what you'd expect from a steakhouse in the old stockyard section of a Texas cattle town, wild west murals and portraits of champion steers through the ages. After a great dinner, the Stockyards bars and shopping await.
The Flying Saucer - Located in Sundance Square in downtown Ft Worth. Craft beer, live music and an outdoor patio, what's not to love? Flying Saucer offers an enormous selection of well over 100 draft and bottled beers plus eats like made to order pizza, house smoked salmon, half pound Angus burgers and honey dipped chicken. Sit back and enjoy your favorite brew and live music in a huge beer garden in what GQ Magazine named one of America's 12 best bars.
Galleria - Upscale shopping mecca located in north Dallas offers restaurants, clothiers, gift shops and an ice skating rink. Options range from Old Navy to Gucci, there is something for everyones taste and budget. The malls four stories are capped by an impressive glass vaulted ceiling, modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.
West 7th Shopping District - Bridging downtown Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Cultural District, West 7th has quickly become one of the hottest entertainment areas in the city. A five block urban village, the pedestrian friendly offers high-concept dining, local specialty fashion retailers and unique entertainment venues.
NorthPark Center - If you're looking for luxury, you'll find it here. It's more than a shopping mall, it's the go to destination for Dallas socialites and a contemporary art museum all in one. NorthPark Center offers more than 235 stores and luxury designer and trend setting boutiques.
Destination Monday: Dallas, Texas was written by Morris Watson, a Regional Sales Manager at Speakman