Refined elegance and history in the Lone Star State
A bustling metropolis meets the wild west in Fort Worth. The historic, refined western half of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is friendly, fast-growing, home to a great number of restaurants, museums, and other cosmopolitan pleasures. From the Stockyards to the quiet exterior suburbs, Fort Worth and its many neighborhoods have been named as some of the top places to call home in the nation for its thriving job market, easygoing culture, and comfortable standard of living.
A vital trading post on the Chisholm Trail in the late 1800s, Fort Worth was established as a formal city and army outpost in 1849. Overlooking the Trinity River, the city has grown over the years but still managed to maintain its old-fashioned sense of community, manners, and tradition. In Fort Worth, luxury amenities and western culture have melted together to create one of the best places in the United States to call home.
Fort Worth is southern hospitality realized, through its restaurant scene, excellent shopping, and living tributes to its western history. Museums, gardens, art shows, and sports bring modern culture to this southern haven, ensuring everyone finds their niche. While the city is home to cozy bungalows of simpler times, several of Fort Worth’s more lavish estates are positioned on large lots boasting exceptional architectural details, rich greenery, and a homey feeling not found in other large cities. One of the best cities to live in the United States boasts opportunities for career advancement, excellent schools, an affordable cost of living, and overall elevated standards of living.
While Texas is known for its barbecue, Tex-Mex, and football, Fort Worth goes far beyond these boundaries. Luxury shopping, excellent golf courses, and western flair are abundant in Cowtown.
No other restaurant personifies Fort Worth’s southern roots better than Reata. Located in the heart of downtown, this ranch-style hotspot boasts a rooftop bar, a warm interior overlooking the city, and a menu showcasing the best in Texan cuisine. Carne asada, chicken fried steak, enchiladas, and perfectly seared steaks are a few favorites that have been enjoyed under the stars since 1996.
Bonnell’s offers a similar menu just southwest of downtown. Unique dishes like elk tacos, buffalo tenderloin, and crispy quail legs melt wild game with Southwestern flavors and south-of-the-border influence. The margarita key lime pie is undoubtedly the best way to round off a meal at this multi-award-winning favorite.
Within the heart of town, Sundance Square spans across 35 blocks of shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment venues. Visitors can shop through western boutiques, enjoy a hearty steak, and top it off with an ice cold beer before heading off to enjoy a concert or theatrical performance.
Nearby, University Park Village is a convenient outdoor shopping plaza between downtown and Texas Christian University. This high-end collection of shops is smaller, yet very purposeful, offering some of the most popular brands. Apple, Kendra Scott, Sephora, and Lululemon are just a few of the stores here.
Fort Worth welcomes attendees from near and far several times throughout the year for events paying tribute to Cowtown’s western roots. At the start of the year, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, the longest-running one of its kind in the nation, is celebrated for three weeks. The ultimate western experience includes a rodeo tournament, horse and livestock shows, carnival amusements, and more. The Charles Schwab Challenge is held at Colonial Country Club and has been one of the city’s most exciting golf events for over 75 years. Also taking place in May, Mayfest is held in Trinity Park attracting over 200,000 attendees. This four-day event is a celebration of live music, arts and crafts, performances, and carnival rides. On a more regular basis, locals enjoy spending time strolling along Trinity Park’s hiking paths, watching cattle drives at the Fort Worth Stockyards, and exploring the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.
Fort Worth is home to several excellent educational opportunities for students of all ages:
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