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
The price is $84 per night from Nov 30 to Nov 30
Located in East Arlington, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Globe Life Field, AT&T Stadium, and Globe Life Field. Six Flags Over Texas and Arlington Convention ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,401 reviews)
"Great all around"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 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 $179 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,476 reviews)
"Room and location were fantastic. We’ll be back."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2021

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Hyatt Place DFW
Hyatt Place DFW
3 out of 5
2350 Global Drive, DFW Airport, Dallas, TX
The price is $116 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Drive Nation Sports and within 3 mi (5 km) of Irving Mall Shopping District and Bear Creek Golf ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,017 reviews)
"We loved that we could return our rental car and then walk to the property. There isn't much to do in the area, we stayed there because it was convenient for our outbound flight the next day. The staff was amazing - super friendly!"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Hyatt Place DFW
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District
3 out of 5
1145 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX
The price is $96 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 25
Located in Fort Worth Cultural District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casa Manana Theater and West 7th Street. Will Rogers Coliseum and Fort ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (177 reviews)
"I liked the access to the Fort Worth cultural district. On check-in we were treated with courteous efficiency."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
3 out of 5
1916 Forest Ridge Dr, Bedford, TX
The price is $96 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Bedford, this aparthotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Stormie Jones Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chisholm Park and Hurst Conference Center. Tarrant ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (190 reviews)
"It was nice and clean"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
Homewood Suites by Hilton Trophy Club Southlake
Homewood Suites by Hilton Trophy Club Southlake
3 out of 5
2900 East Hwy 114, Trophy Club, Roanoke, TX
The price is $101 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Located in Trophy Club, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Bob Jones Park and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Trophy Club. Grapevine ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (432 reviews)
"Excellent customer service . Friendly front desk staff Breakfast area very good . Good House keeping .Very convenient for senior guest .We really love it and we will recommend it to a friends and family"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Trophy Club Southlake
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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