2010 N/D Texas Tourism Insert
Cowboy Country
By Tina Lassen

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Even in a sleek and chic metropolitan area like Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas never loses its cowboy soul. For more than a century, the Stockyards National Historic District two miles north of downtown Fort Worth ranked as the largest in the world, the transition spot where the great cattle drives met the packing plants and rail lines. Today, the Stockyards offers a living history museum to the Texas cowboy life, with twice-daily cattle drives, roping demonstrations, rodeos, museums and tours.  

This former cowtown has plenty of uptown style, too. The five world-class museums of Fort Worth Cultural District include the Amon Carter Museum, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. And in downtown’s Sundance Square, Bass Performance Hall, named as one of the top ten opera houses in the world, welcomes performers from around the world. Boutiques and restaurants fill many of the turn-of-the-century buildings in Sundance Square and in new developments like So7. No surprise that Fort Worth is the place to shop for top-quality crafted Justin cowboy boots and other chic Western wear. And then there are those other cowboys: Just down the road in Arlington, the Dallas Cowboys play in the striking new $1.5-billion state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium. Tours are available daily.

Visit www.fortworth.com for more information.