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Fort Worth, TX

Travel Guide
Sundance Square featuring a skyscraper

Cowboys and cattle mix with art and culture in this North Texas city with a rich Western heritage. 

With its rodeos, cowboys and country music, Fort Worth is called the city “Where the West Begins.” Cowboy culture is a way of life for many residents, but just one part of the city’s appeal. Fort Worth is also a cultural hub featuring museums, theaters, art galleries, ballet and a symphony orchestra.

Fort Worth began as an army outpost and a stop on the Chisholm Trail cattle route from Texas to Kansas. The population grew when the railway arrived in 1876 and increased again with the Texas oil boom in the early 1900s. Today, Fort Worth remains one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Start your visit with an exploration of the American West in the Stockyards National Historic District. The former livestock market where millions of cattle were sold is one of Fort Worth’s most popular attractions, with cowboy-themed shops, shows, rodeos and restaurants.

Tour the 98-acre (40-hectare) site and visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, which honors achievements of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls. Watch daily cattle drives near the Fort Worth Stockyards Visitor Center and reserve a seat at Cowtown Coliseum for a weekend rodeo. Visit the interactive Texas Wild! area at the Fort Worth Zoo.

Enjoy the city’s artistic side. Just west of downtown is the Fort Worth Cultural District, one of the country’s largest art districts. Study works of European masters, such as Michelangelo and Caravaggio, at the Kimbell Art Museum. Appreciate modern and contemporary pieces at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Fort Worth’s downtown district is a 35-block area that is home to shopping, theaters, cinemas, restaurants and music clubs. Browse Sundance Square, a large plaza with many attractions, including the Bass Performance Hall, the permanent home of Fort Worth's symphony, opera and ballet companies. Less high-brow, but lots of fun, is Billy Bob’s Texas honky-tonk.

Fort Worth is located in North Texas, 32 miles (51 kilometers) west of Dallas, and shares the major Dallas/Fort Worth airport. Enjoy a visit to the city where the West truly begins.

Where to stay in Fort Worth

Lux Hotel & Spa, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Lux Hotel & Spa, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3.5 out of 5
117 S Watson Rd, Arlington, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $99 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in East Arlington, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Globe Life Park in Arlington and within 6 mi (10 km) of Six Flags Over Texas and AT&T Stadium. ...
4/5Very Good! (1,466 reviews)
"The pillows were not full pillows the bathroom was not as clean as it should have been oh, for the price no breakfast is included though it says so on the internet."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Lux Hotel & Spa, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1300 Houston Street, Tarrant, Fort Worth, TX
The price is $152 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Downtown Fort Worth, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Worth Water Gardens and Bass Performance Hall. Fort Worth T&P Station is ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,468 reviews)
"We like downtown Ft Worth. Expected a little more than we got, given it’s the Omni. No refrigerator in the room. Charged for WiFi, advertised it was free."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Hyatt Place DFW
Hyatt Place DFW
3 out of 5
2350 Global Drive, DFW Airport, Dallas, TX
Fully refundable
The price is $116 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bear Creek Golf Club, Irving Mall Shopping District, and Northwest Park. C.R. Smith Aviation Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (952 reviews)
"The shuttle service was operating at late hours. Thank you!"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Hyatt Place DFW
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
2.5 out of 5
1916 Forest Ridge Dr, Bedford, TX
The price is $98 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated in Bedford, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Artisan Center Theater and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Stormie Jones Park. Chisholm Park and Hurst Conference ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (157 reviews)
"Great place to stay!! My family loved it. Staff is super friendly. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District
2.5 out of 5
1145 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX
The price is $127 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Fort Worth Cultural District, this aparthotel is steps from Casa Manana Theater and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. West 7th Street and Kimbell Art ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (116 reviews)
"New, clean, affordable, friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Dallas Arlington North
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Dallas Arlington North
3 out of 5
1709 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX
The price is $98 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in North Arlington, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Globe Life Park in Arlington, and Six Flags Over Texas. AT&T ...
4.2/5Very Good! (702 reviews)
"Our stay was really nice and the amenities were very nice as well. Hot breakfast was perfect. However when checking in the room wasn’t ready and I was told it was because of a shortage in the cleaning crew staff. Check in was at three and they finally have a room ready around 330"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Dallas Arlington North
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Fort Worth

Renting a car is a great option in Fort Worth, as there is plenty of parking downtown and you’ll have the freedom to explore beyond the city. Popular areas like downtown, Sundance Square and the Stockyards are connected by Molly the Trolley, a vintage streetcar. Fort Worth B-Cycle is the local bike-share program, with hundreds of bikes available to pick up at and return to any station. Visit the Texas Department of Transportation website.Browse Fort Worth rental cars.

Best time to visit

Fort Worth is best avoided during the height of summer, when temperatures can be overbearing; July and August have average highs in the mid 90s F (mid 30s C). Spring weather is more bearable, but this can be a busy and expensive time to visit, due to the football season. Visit in fall when the temperature is similarly temperate and the city comes alive with music and food at the Texas State Fair.

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