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Texas and cowboys go together like iced tea and a hot summer day. If there's one city that symbolizes Texas’ cowboy - and cowgirl - culture, it’s Fort Worth, where western heritage doesn’t just meet the 21st century, it gives it a big hug. Hey, this is Texas – a word that literally means "friendly." What started as an army outpost in 1849, and boomed as cattle were herded along the Chisholm Trail in their thousands, is now a sophisticated, cultural city of around a million people, the symbol of the Modern West.

Fort Worth is the 12th-largest city in the United States, known for Texas hospitality and a dozen remarkable districts full of culture and fun. It's a place where no one minds if you wear your boots and Stetson hat to dinner. If you want to see a cattle drive, go to a rodeo and let your hair down at a honky tonk afterwards, Fort Worth has you covered. If art collections, museums, great food, and friendly spots for a cold beer are your thing, then Fort Worth is here for you too.

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THE WESTERN FRONTIER

Cowboys and cowgirls are the bedrock of Fort Worth and theirs is a history the city is proud to embrace and celebrate. Come to the Stockyards to learn all about the men and women who opened the new frontier and made Texas the great state it is today. It’s here you'll feel the spirit of the Wild West, through daily longhorn cattle drives, rodeos, saloons, and shops where you can take home that pair of cowboy boots you know you’ve always wanted. You can feel the spirit when you stay at the new Hotel Drover, which is inspired by the pioneering personalities of the west. Wander among the restaurants and entertainment venues of Mule Alley, where you can also pull on an authentic pair of Lucchese cowboy boots – the perfect souvenir to take home. The new Bowie House Hotel, an Auberge Resorts Collection, pays homage to the western spirit of Fort Worth, with a lobby bar that evokes a saloon from the 1880s, equestrian artwork, and Bricks and Horses restaurant that offers a menu inspired by ranch culture. And if you’re visiting in January, don’t miss the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, the longest running rodeo in the US, at Dickies Arena.

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THE ARTS & CULTURE FRONTIER

From the Chisholm Trail to the movie Toy Story, there’s a lot you probably don’t know about the pioneering women of Texas, but you can learn all about them at the unique National Cowgirl Museum. Elsewhere in Fort Worth the Sid Richardson Museum features a remarkable range of western art, while the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth deserves a visit for the building alone; designed by Japanese architect Tadai Ando, it looks as if it’s floating on water.

Closeby, the Kimbell Art Museum, with its impressive collection including the nation’s only Michelangelo, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022. The Crescent Hotel is a new addition to the Cultural District, and boasts an impressive repertoire of artwork that would rival any art gallery, while open-air culture can be found at the Botanic Garden and top-rated Fort Worth Zoo.

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THE FILM FRONTIER

If you visit Fort Worth and think it looks familiar, that could be because the city has appeared in countless TV shows and movies over the years. The city has lent its backdrop to top notch drama that’s been broadcast worldwide. Classics such as Logan’s Run, Walker, Texas Ranger, Miss Juneteenth from Fort Worth-native Channing Godfrey Peoples, The Old Man and the Gun starring Robert Redford, and 12 Mighty Orphans featuring Robert Duvall and Luke Wilson were all filmed in Fort Worth. More recently, the city hosted the productions for Fort Worth’s own writer/director Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount+ hit television series 1883, Lawmen: Bass Reeves and forthcoming Landman. You can see many filming locations in the Stockyards and downtown Fort Worth. But of course, the best show is the one you star in when you check out Fort Worth for yourself.

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THE FOOD FRONTIER

No visitor goes hungry in Fort Worth. With its long cattle-raising history, it’s no surprise you can enjoy some of the juiciest steaks in America when you visit. But what may surprise you is that local chefs are on the cutting edge of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, too. Provender Hall specialises in classic American comfort food with a distinctly Texan take on things…a side of crispy okra, or cheddar cheese grits with your burger perhaps? At Lonesome Dove you can tuck into food that has been inspired by the ingredients and cultures of the region since the days of the Chisholm Trail: maybe some rabbit and rattlesnake sausage to start followed by roast garlic-stuffed beef tenderloin. Paloma Suerte is a new, upscale take on Tex-Mex with twists including goat tacos, and brisket-and-cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos. And the city’s Ale Trail features a dozen local craft brewers who are redefining beer in the Lone Star State. 

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THE MUSIC FRONTIER

Fort Worth has a fantastic live-music scene whether you’re looking for country, soul, rock, blues or jazz. The city is home to acclaimed singer-songwriter Leon Bridges, jazz legend Ornette Coleman, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which plays at Bass Performance Hall. The sounds of Fort Worth transcend any genre, catering to fans of every type of music. Dickies Arena is a large-scale concert venue which hosts world-famous performers, from Sam Smith and Camila Cabello to Michael Bublé and Rod Stewart. But to really let loose, visit Billy Bob’s Texas honky tonk at least once during your stay. It’s a Fort Worth institution that hosts the biggest names in country music, with dozens of bars, its own indoor rodeo arena and the chance to dance till late into the night on the Texas-sized dance floor.

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