Ruth Brindle explores the best of both worlds during an action-packed road trip
ON a tour taking in Fort Worth, the Wildcatter Ranch in Graham and Dallas, I explored the state’s rich history, tasted the cowboy lifestyle and discovered the best of what modern, sophisticated Texas has to offer.
Here are 10 of the best bits of both worlds:
- Book in to the cowboy heart of Fort Worth at the historic Stockyards Hotel, where Bonnie and Clyde once stayed, www.stockyardshotel.com It’s a busy and fun area with lots of places to eat and drink. Try your first amazing steak at the H3 restaurant adjoining the hotel, washed down with some Bison Butt beer.
- Watch a cattle drive, buy a cowboy hat and experience everything cowboy in the Stockyards National Historic District, www.fortworthstockyards.org
- Visit Billy Bob’s Texas, the biggest honky tonk in the state for country music, bull riding, line dancing, arcades and much more, www.billybobstexas.com
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were regular Fort Worth visitors. Walk in their footsteps in Sundance Square.
- Study the Chisholm Trail Mural in Downtown.
- Enjoy thrills and spills of modern-day cowboys at the spectacular, one-a-year Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, www.fwssr.com
- Learn about Annie Oakley at the National Cowgirl Museum, www.cowgirl.net
- Sit on a rocking chair on your own porch at the gorgeous Wildcatter Ranch. Go horse riding, shoot a shotgun and a bow and arrow, feed longhorn cattle, swim in an infinity pool and eat cowboy-style steak! www.wildcatterranch.com
- In Dallas take a picture in Pioneer Plaza among the bronze sculptures of cattle to honour those early settlers.
- Visit Old Red Courthouse Museum for the story of Dallas County from prehistoric times to J.R. Ewing and beyond.
- In Fort Worth: The Kimbell Art Museum is known as America’s best small museum, www.kimbellart.org The Modern Art Museum’s stunning building includes works by Bacon, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. Superb brunch at Café Modern, www.themodern.org
- In Dallas: stay at The Magnolia Hotel and enjoy its art deco beauty, www.magnoliahotels.com
- Get a stunning 360 degree view of the city from the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower, www.reuniontower.com
- Take an easy walk to see the Pegasus at the Omni Dallas, the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the former warehouse district of West End, Thanksgiving Square, The Eye sculpture and the flagship Neiman Marcus store.
- The fascinating Sixth Floor Museum reveals all about the JFK assassination, www.jfk.org
- The 68-acre Dallas Arts District is a pleasure. At the Nasher Sculpture Centre there are more than 300 masterpieces, www.nashersculpturecenter.org
- Across the road is the equally awesome Dallas Museum of Art, www.dma.org
- Klyde Warren Park is built above a six-lane motorway, dine at Savor and watch the action, www.klydewarrenpark.org
- Two great areas for dining and nightlife are Trinity Groves, www.trinitygroves.com and Deep Ellum, www.deepellumtexas.com
- Shop ‘til you drop at the Grapevine Mills outlet mall before you fly home, www.simonmalls.com
Ruth’ Texas Cowboys and Culture tour costs from £1,785 per person, including return flights from London to Dallas Fort Worth (on BA), seven days fully inclusive economy car hire, two nights room only at the Stockyards Hotel, Fort Worth, three nights full board, including all activities at the Wildcatter Ranch and two nights room only at the Magnolia Hotel, Dallas, www.americaasyoulikeit.com