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Dallas is the third biggest city in Texas and home to many popular attractions. Nearby Fort Worth is quintessentially Texan, and is sometimes referred to as ‘Cowtown’, in recognition of its key role in the history of the American West. Book a flight to Dallas/Fort Worth airport with Qatar Airways and experience two of the most dynamic cities in the USA.
When you fly to Dallas/Fort Worth airport you’ll be introduced to two vibrant cities with both ultra-modern and old-world districts.
There are enough attractions and entertainment here to ensure that your trip to Dallas is always full of interest. Pop into the Dallas World Aquarium, which is also a split-level zoo, and stroll around the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The Meadows Museum of Art has a huge collection of Spanish Art, whilst the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is dedicated to the Kennedy assassination. The recently opened George W. Bush Presidential Center houses the presidential library and museum.
On your trip to Dallas be sure to also visit the huge new Perot Museum of Nature and Science complex and Dallas Zoo in the south of the city.
Tourist attractions in Fort Worth
If you really want to understand why Fort Worth has such a prominent place in the history of the American cowboy, head over to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. This is a fascinating look at the role played by both men and women in the cowboy culture that is so intrinsically linked with this part of the USA.
But a trip to Fort Worth isn’t just about cowboys, and the city’s Museum of Science and History brings visitors bang up to date, charting Fort Worth’s part in scientific development in the 20th and 21st centuries. Other attractions in Fort Worth to look out for are the Botanical Gardens, Fort Worth Zoo, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where you can watch how the country’s paper currency is created from start to finish.
Dallas is well-known for its world-famous barbeque and Tex-Mex cuisine. There’s a heavy concentration of good restaurants in the Beltline Road area and also along McKinney Avenue and Greenville Avenue. For local eateries and the bigger chains, head for the West End.
Eating in Fort Worth
The most common dish you’ll come across in Fort Worth is, of course, steak. This is, after all, the heart of the West, and cattle still play a huge part in the economy of the state of Texas. That translates into a wealth of traditional American eateries in Fort Worth, from pile-em-high steak houses through to more refined dining. However, there are a few other local delicacies that it’s worth hunting down, including an interesting ‘frozen custard’ twist on the classic ice cream sundae, and authentic ‘Tex-Mex’ food (food with a distinctly Mexican slant).
Texas is the home of old-fashioned ‘Southern Hospitality’. This manifests itself in such things as children addressing their elders as ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’ and men tipping a hat to women. Texans also use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ a great deal. Opening doors for others goes down well too, and shaking hands is the normal form of greeting.
Texans use ‘Mr’ and ‘Ms’ quite a lot as forms of address, so they’re quite conservative and the best way to blend in is to observe such niceties as these when you travel to Dallas and Fort Worth.
Most flights to Dallas and Fort Worth arrive at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Dallas please check the visa and passport requirements.
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