Fort Worth was a true American cattle town, made rich and relevant by the Chisholm Trail, the famous cattle-driving trail that ran from Texas to Abilene, Kansas. Now a bustling metropolis with art-deco architecture downtown and American Western culture in its heart, Fort Worth focuses on keeping its heritage while moving to the future.
Home to the NASCAR Texas Motor Speedway as well as theatres, museums and an orchestra, Fort Worth is a city composed of contrasts melded together to create an identity that is completely its own.
Cuisine: Tex-mex is the fusion of Southern American and Mexican cuisines. You’ll notice large portions that are heavy on meat, cheese and beans. For some unique items that you won’t find on most American menus, stop by Bonnell’s Restaurant where they have elk, quail, venison, buffalo and a variety of other game available.
Must See: The Fort Worth Zoo is one of the top zoos in the nation. It has a herpetarium, kangaroos, and a rock climbing tower.
Lodging: The Stockyards Hotel is located in the National Historic Stockyards District, close to many of the historic attractions in Fort Worth. Opened in 1907 to house cowboys, The Stockyards Hotel is surrounded by saloons where you can take a sip of sarsaparilla in the Old West atmosphere.
Ground Transportation: Fort Worth has public transportation to downtown and historic sites via a trolley.The also have a well-established public bus system. Cabs are available for bookings and car rentals are popular.
Packing Tips: Although it doesn’t have the humidity of cities in Florida and Georgia, Fort Worth certainly has the heat. Make sure you bring light-colored, breathable clothing and a hat to protect from the sun and temperature.
Recommended Books: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry tells the tale of former Texas Rangers driving cattle up to Montana. The novel captures the Western Cowboy mentality as well as the difficulty of the cattle drive. It was also made into a very popular miniseries.
Currency: The US Dollar is the local currency
Calling Code United States: 1
Best Travel Dates: Although summer offers many activities, for comfortably warm temperatures and an arid climate, the best time to hop on your private jet for a visit to Fort Worth is March through April and October through November.