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Although Dallas and Fort Worth are two separate cities, they’re commonly treated as one region called Dallas-Fort Worth, DFW, or simply ‘the Metroplex’. They’re the third- and fourth-largest cities in Texas, so together they cover a considerable area of land. In fact, DFW International Airport alone spans a larger area than the entire island of Manhattan. So you’ll certainly have lots of things to do and see on a holiday to Dallas and Fort Worth.

When you arrive in Dallas, you can expect to find a bustling metropolitan city with high-rise buildings reaching up into the sky. It’s often thought to be the financial and cultural centre of North Texas, and life is always busy there. Many people associate the city with the famous TV series of the same name, which ran throughout the Eighties. If you were a fan, you can visit its set and take a guided tour around the filming locations.

Just 30 miles to the west is Fort Worth. This comparatively small city has more green spaces and a rich history, which is still celebrated to this day. Fort Worth is said to be “where the West begins” – it was an important gathering place for cowboys taking the Chisholm Trail in the 19th century. The city is very proud of its heritage, and still gives visitors a glimpse into the region’s past at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Of course, the city has also been urbanised over the years, and is now characterised by its many arts venues, alongside shopping quarters and restaurants. But there are plenty of opportunities to get a taste of both the old and new during your holiday to Fort Worth. Trips to the region’s best galleries, paired with tales of the cowboys who used to frequent the local saloons, offer plenty of entertainment for all the family. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

 

Things to do

Famous attractions

Cowboy culture

Visit Lubbock

Best time to go

Things to do in Dallas & Fort Worth

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a nature-lover’s paradise, no matter the time of year. If you like your art, head to Dallas Arts District, the biggest of its kind in America. Fort Worth also has its share of impressive gallery spaces, including the Modern Art Museum which displays work by Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.

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Sports fans are well catered for on a holiday to Dallas. The city’s 140-acre AT&T Stadium is home to the biggest LED screen on the planet – as well as the Dallas Cowboys, of course. Outside of the football season, you can see music concerts and other events there.

For a spot of retail therapy, try Highland Park Village. This open-air shopping complex is labelled ‘the Beverly Hills of Dallas’ and has a Mediterranean feel. And, if you’re travelling with children, it’s worth visiting Fort Worth Zoo or the Six Flags Over Texas theme park.

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DFW’s most famous attractions

The DFW metroplex is home to three iconic landmarks. Firstly, the Reunion Tower gives you the chance to see Dallas from 470 feet up. You’ll be able to walk out onto the external observation deck and try out the interactive touch screens and HD zoom cameras. 

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During your Dallas getaway, you may also want to visit the site of one of the city’s most famous historical events. You can make the trip to the sixth floor of what used to be the Texas School Book Depository, from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy in 1963. There, you can learn more about the US president and even see a recreation of the scene at the window.

If you’re in need of something a bit lighter, why not explore Southfork Ranch? This is where the Dallas television show was filmed, and guided tours are available all year round.

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Cowboy culture

Thanks to Fort Worth’s heritage as a stopover point for cowboys on the Chisholm Trail, it’s now been dubbed ‘Cowtown’. For many, the city plays a key role in America’s Western culture, and is a must-see destination for anyone interested in the country’s cowboy heritage.

If you choose just one place to visit, make sure it’s the Fort Worth Stockyards. You can still see its original brick streets and wooden corrals used for herding cattle. Take a guided tour and watch one of the daily cattle drives on Exchange Avenue to really get a sense of the area’s rich history.

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Sundance Square is a top spot in Fort Worth, home to many clothing outlets, restaurants and shops selling cowboy-related souvenirs. In the 19th century, cattle-herders would congregate in this square and visit the saloons and dance halls, so it’s a fascinating slice of history.

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Lubbock

Lubbock is a unique destination in northwest Texas which offers a rich history, a thriving arts and culture scene, and world-renowned wine. A five-hour drive from Dallas, Lubbock is a great stop to make during a motorhome itinerary, or an ideal multi-centre holiday option. And, if you don’t want to do the drive in one go, you could stop off in Graham and stay at one of the ranches among Texas’ beautiful Texas Hill Country. You can also fly to Lubbock from Dallas and Austin in just over an hour, if you prefer.

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There’s lots for the whole family to do in Lubbock, such as art galleries, museums and state parks. You can visit the Buddy Holiday Centre, an exhibit dedicated to the rock ‘n’ roll legend who was from Lubbock. Discover Caprock Canyon State Park, where you’ll find 90 miles of trails and more than 15,000 American bison roaming free. Adventure-seekers will love Palo Duro Canyon State Park, which is home to the USA’s second-biggest canyon. And its Adventure Park boasts zip-lining, mini-golf, bumper boats and on-site dining, making it the perfect family day out.

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Best time to go

The best time to visit Dallas and Fort Worth is in spring or autumn. Temperatures drop to single figures in January, while reaching the mid-thirties in July and August – so it’s best to go for the middle ground. Booking your holiday to Dallas and Forth Worth between March and ­May or September and November will give you the chance to explore without building up a sweat. Summer gets very hot and busy, so it’s best to travel outside of this peak period if you can.  

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Events run throughout the year in the DFW region, so there’ll always be something to keep you occupied. Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in January is one of the biggest festivals of the year, while the Dallas Mardi Gras Parade runs in February. Beautiful floral displays take over Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in the spring, while the Juneteenth Celebration – on 19th June – marking the end of slavery in the US is always an emotional event.

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Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Dallas & Fort Worth

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a nature-lover’s paradise, no matter the time of year. If you like your art, head to Dallas Arts District, the biggest of its kind in America. Fort Worth also has its share of impressive gallery spaces, including the Modern Art Museum which displays work by Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.

Show More
Show Less

Sports fans are well catered for on a holiday to Dallas. The city’s 140-acre AT&T Stadium is home to the biggest LED screen on the planet – as well as the Dallas Cowboys, of course. Outside of the football season, you can see music concerts and other events there.

For a spot of retail therapy, try Highland Park Village. This open-air shopping complex is labelled ‘the Beverly Hills of Dallas’ and has a Mediterranean feel. And, if you’re travelling with children, it’s worth visiting Fort Worth Zoo or the Six Flags Over Texas theme park.

Show More
Show Less

Famous attractions

DFW’s most famous attractions

The DFW metroplex is home to three iconic landmarks. Firstly, the Reunion Tower gives you the chance to see Dallas from 470 feet up. You’ll be able to walk out onto the external observation deck and try out the interactive touch screens and HD zoom cameras. 

Show More
Show Less

During your Dallas getaway, you may also want to visit the site of one of the city’s most famous historical events. You can make the trip to the sixth floor of what used to be the Texas School Book Depository, from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy in 1963. There, you can learn more about the US president and even see a recreation of the scene at the window.

If you’re in need of something a bit lighter, why not explore Southfork Ranch? This is where the Dallas television show was filmed, and guided tours are available all year round.

Show More
Show Less

Cowboy culture

Cowboy culture

Thanks to Fort Worth’s heritage as a stopover point for cowboys on the Chisholm Trail, it’s now been dubbed ‘Cowtown’. For many, the city plays a key role in America’s Western culture, and is a must-see destination for anyone interested in the country’s cowboy heritage.

If you choose just one place to visit, make sure it’s the Fort Worth Stockyards. You can still see its original brick streets and wooden corrals used for herding cattle. Take a guided tour and watch one of the daily cattle drives on Exchange Avenue to really get a sense of the area’s rich history.

Show More
Show Less

Sundance Square is a top spot in Fort Worth, home to many clothing outlets, restaurants and shops selling cowboy-related souvenirs. In the 19th century, cattle-herders would congregate in this square and visit the saloons and dance halls, so it’s a fascinating slice of history.

Show More
Show Less

Visit Lubbock

Lubbock

Lubbock is a unique destination in northwest Texas which offers a rich history, a thriving arts and culture scene, and world-renowned wine. A five-hour drive from Dallas, Lubbock is a great stop to make during a motorhome itinerary, or an ideal multi-centre holiday option. And, if you don’t want to do the drive in one go, you could stop off in Graham and stay at one of the ranches among Texas’ beautiful Texas Hill Country. You can also fly to Lubbock from Dallas and Austin in just over an hour, if you prefer.

Show More
Show Less

There’s lots for the whole family to do in Lubbock, such as art galleries, museums and state parks. You can visit the Buddy Holiday Centre, an exhibit dedicated to the rock ‘n’ roll legend who was from Lubbock. Discover Caprock Canyon State Park, where you’ll find 90 miles of trails and more than 15,000 American bison roaming free. Adventure-seekers will love Palo Duro Canyon State Park, which is home to the USA’s second-biggest canyon. And its Adventure Park boasts zip-lining, mini-golf, bumper boats and on-site dining, making it the perfect family day out.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go

The best time to visit Dallas and Fort Worth is in spring or autumn. Temperatures drop to single figures in January, while reaching the mid-thirties in July and August – so it’s best to go for the middle ground. Booking your holiday to Dallas and Forth Worth between March and ­May or September and November will give you the chance to explore without building up a sweat. Summer gets very hot and busy, so it’s best to travel outside of this peak period if you can.  

Show More
Show Less

Events run throughout the year in the DFW region, so there’ll always be something to keep you occupied. Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in January is one of the biggest festivals of the year, while the Dallas Mardi Gras Parade runs in February. Beautiful floral displays take over Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in the spring, while the Juneteenth Celebration – on 19th June – marking the end of slavery in the US is always an emotional event.

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