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Dowtown Fort Worth

They say Dallas is where the East ends and Fort Worth is where the West begins. I like that because really, Fort Worth is only about 30 minutes from downtown Dallas and it is ‘worth’ the short drive over for a great day trip. Once you're downtown, there are all these colorful signs to  help guide you to the major tourist, or should we say, visitor, spots. You can take your pick from the arts in the Culture district which include European masters up to the 20th century which are housed at the Kimbell Museum (3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.). There's an impressive collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russells , as well as 19th- and 20th-century American art at the Amon Carter Museum (3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.). Western fans shouldn't miss the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame (1720 Gendy St.

The Kimbell
), and architecture aficionados will fall in love with the Tadao Ando-designed  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (3200 Darnell St.).  There are many other museums as well. Explore.

 

If you are not big on art or have had enough of air conditioned buildings, head to the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards (130 E. Exchange St.) for a taste of the Old West. There are longhorn cattle drives there twice daily, but if you miss it, mosey around the buildings to see the goings-on from the weathered wooden walkway over the stockyard pens. It is a fun thing to watch for young and old.

 

I would also suggest, spending the early evening strolling around Sundance Square (201 Main St.

Sundance Square
) or take in a show at Bass Hall (301 E. 5th St.). Don’t forget to stop by the courthouse where they actually filled the tv series, Walker, Texas Ranger, who knows, you may see Chuck.

 

Want to splurge? Reserve a table at Lanny’s Alta Concina Mexicana (3405 W. 7th St.) and enjoy a modern twist on high-end Mexican. Innovative fare by chef Lanny P. Lancarte II includes entrees such as braised lamb shank in mole sauce or serrano-wrapped rabbit loin. For more inexpensive Mexican fare, try Joe T. Garcia’s, (2201 N. Commerce St.), which was started by Lanny's great-grandfather. The line at Joe T.'s can be frighteningly long, but the limited menu -- which includes only three choices at dinner -- and the no-credit-card policy move things fast. The sprawling complex has great patios for afternoon Margarita-sipping or even a little vino.

 

They have some great hotels as well, but the best part of it all you can do all of this in a day and then head back to Dallas or wherever you may be in N Texas.

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Dowtown Fort Worth
Dowtown Fort Worth
The Kimbell
The Kimbell
Sundance Square
Sundance Square
The Chase Building
The Chase Building
Briefcase man
Briefcase man
Bass Hall
Bass Hall
Bass Hall: Hark
Bass Hall: Hark
The Stockyards
The Stockyards
One of the trains at the stockyard
One of the trains at the stockyard
Forever Cattle
Forever Cattle
The cattle drive at the stockyards
The cattle drive at the stockyards
Long Horns on the cattle drive
Long Horns on the cattle drive
Fort Worth Stock Yards
Fort Worth Stock Yards
Tarrent County Clock Tower
Tarrent County Clock Tower
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