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The entrance of Fort Worth Stock Yard, Dallas, Texas (photo via RPMGsas / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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A shot from a helicopter of the city of Fort Worth, Texas at sunset. (photo via NickPacione / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
A shot from a helicopter of the city of Fort Worth, Texas at sunset. (photo via NickPacione / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Fort Worth, Texas, is part of the greater Dallas area, but this city has a life of its own, with a mix of Western heritage, urban amenities and artistic offerings. It’s where visitors can see a cattle drive and a Michelangelo painting in the same city, depending on which of Fort Worth’s three main districts they’re in.

The Sundance Square/Downtown area is Fort Worth’s center for arts and culture, particularly performing arts, like plays at the Jubilee Theatre and opera, ballet and symphony at the Bass Performance Hall. Of course, this area has no shortage of restaurants and night spots; and visitors will find a variety of shops here, as well as along Camp Bowie Boulevard to the west.

The Stockyards National Historic District is Fort Worth’s Western heritage hub, complete with wooden sidewalks. This area boasts the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and is the site of the Cowtown Coliseum, which hosts the Stockyards Championship Rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights. Here, visitors also can visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and enjoy live music at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky tonk. There are also shops offering Western wear and accessories, as well as art galleries and wineries.

The Fort Worth, Texas water gardens in downtown Fort Worth. Concrete design with multiple waterfalls and water features. Trees fill the background, along with tall city buildings. A sunny summer day in an urban park. (photo via mchattenphotography / iStoc
PHOTO: The Fort Worth, Texas water gardens in downtown Fort Worth. (photo via mchattenphotography/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

The Cultural District, located west of downtown Fort Worth, offers several world-class museums, including the Amon Carter Museum, featuring American art by the likes of Remington and Russell; the Kimbell Art Museum, home to Michelangelo’s first known painting; and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Fort Worthcuisine features Texas ingredients, as well as flavors from around the world. Among the specialties are grilled meats, barbeque sauces and fresh pico de gallo. But visitors also can order French, Italian, Chinese and other ethnic cuisines. Nightlife in Fort Worth is equally diverse, ranging from an urban scene in Sundance Square to Western-style saloons in the Stockyards.

Stunning summer sunrise over a large field containing meadow pink wildflowers fronting downtown Fort Worth, TX (photo via Dean_Fikar / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Stunning summer sunrise over a large field containing meadow pink wildflowers fronting downtown Fort Worth, TX (photo via Dean_Fikar / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, located 17.5 miles from downtown Fort Worth, offers nonstop service from more than 170 cities worldwide. Super Shuttle and Go Yellow Checker Shuttle offer service to downtown Fort Worth hotels, and car rentals and taxis are available. In addition, Fort Worth is a hub for Amtrak’s daily Texas Eagle route; and the Heartland Flyer also stops here. For local transportation, the T Bus Service operates throughout Fort Worth. Visitors also can get around via Molly the Trolley, the Downtown Get Around and, on Saturdays, the Stockyards Shuttle. The Trinity Railway Express provides transportation between Fort Worth and Dallas. Three Interstates criss-cross the Fort Worth area: the I-20, I-30 and I-35W.

Fort Worthhas a subtropical climate with daytime temperatures averaging in the mid 90s during summer and the mid 50s during winter. Although spring brings thunderstorms, temperatures are mild, making spring — as well as fall — good times to visit.