The saying is true, everything is bigger in Texas and that includes Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s bursting at the seams with billions of dollars in new development on top of our rich Texas history. Dallas-Fort Worth is a diverse destination that offers a wide variety of first-class experiences. The central U.S. location makes it a stress-free 3.5-hour flight from almost anywhere in the country. Home to two major airports and over 2,200 flights a day, you’ll find plenty of options to fit your travel schedule.
Dallas is the top meeting & event destination in Texas thanks to its mild climate, gracious and hospitable people, easy accessibility, and cultural, recreational, and entertainment activities. In downtown Dallas, office buildings tower and shimmer in the Texas sun, while the whole city radiates bliss with beautiful residential areas, shopping districts, freshly revitalized arts districts, nightlife and inviting outdoor spaces. No matter where you wander, a “Texas cool” attitude prevails with a nod to our expansive western heritage.
Thirty miles west of Dallas, the atmosphere in Fort Worth is distinctly different. Fort Worth is home to a host of corporations and high-tech manufacturers similar to Dallas; however, things move at a more relaxed pace. Founded as an army outpost in 1849 to protect settlers from Indians, Fort Worth has become home to legendary figures, cattle barons, and rough and rugged cowboys. Its location on the Old Chisholm Trail helped establish Fort Worth as a trading and cattle centre and earned it the nickname “Cowtown.”
While it is impossible to explore everything that our destination has to offer in just 48 hours, we’ve highlighted a Taste of Dallas-Fort Worth that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
12:00 PM – Southern Hospitality
Upon landing at either DFW International Airport or Dallas Love Field Airport you are greeted in baggage claim by Ultimate Ventures uniformed personnel and given a warm, friendly welcome. The greeter escorts you to your luxurious sedan for a private transfer to the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas at Los Colinas. Situated midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, travel to the resort from either airport takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
12:30 PM – A reTREAT in the City
The Four Seasons Resort is situated on 400 plush acres of scenic landscape with gently rolling hills, mesquite trees, and dazzling wildflowers. The resort features 431 spacious and exquisitely designed guest rooms, each with their own walk-out patio or balcony. Best known as the annual home to the prestigious AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament, the club offers an array of amenities including racquetball, squash, basketball, tennis, swimming, daily yoga, Pilates and fitness classes.
1:00 PM – Tex Mex Delight
After you check into your room, head to the resort lobby for a private transfer to Fort Worth. Our first stop is lunch at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, a Fort Worth staple since 1935. Here, sensational Mexican dishes are served on big family-style platters in an authentic Mexican atmosphere. Ask the hostess for a table poolside on the patio, a well-known hot spot in Cowtown. It might not be 5 o’clock in Texas, but it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so be sure to grab one of their famed Frozen Margaritas with your lunch.
2:30 PM – Cowboy Up
Next, explore the sights of the Stockyards Historic District, once the second largest livestock market in the U.S. and today, a major entertainment centre. The historic Stockyards exemplifies the days of the Old West with lively western saloons, quaint shops and delicious restaurants. Stop by one of the shops to get outfitted like an authentic Western Cowboy. You’re going to want a fine pair of cowboy boots for later that evening so we suggest a stop at Fincher’s White Front Western Wear, M.L. Leddy’s, or Maverick Fine Western Wear. And, no trip to Fort Worth is complete without experiencing the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. At 4 PM, find a spot on the lawn in front of the Livestock Exchange Building and make sure you have your camera ready! There are many picture-perfect opportunities to be had in the Stockyards.
4:30 PM – Lone Star Libations
Next up, it’s time to taste some of our best Texas Spirits. Head to Acre Distillery and Coffeehouse, located in the area that was once known as Fort Worth’s legendary Hell’s Half Acre. More than 100 years ago in the Wild West, you would find the area crawling with gamblers, outlaw gangs and thrill seekers. Acre Distillery plays tribute to the old days with a blend of Fort Worth history and a high-end ambience. Named one of the Top 9 craft distillery tasting rooms in America by Vinepair.com, you’ll be pleased as punch for the tour and tasting. During the tour, sip on six of their finest distilled spirits at the Distiller’s Table and learn about the distillery process and history of the neighbourhood. If you need a little something to perk you up, order up one of their delicious coffee drinks and enjoy it from one of the tables with a front row view of the distillery process.
7:00 PM – Legendary Cuisine
It’s supper time and boy, are you in for a treat! Reata at Sundance Square offers a sophisticated twist on fine cowboy cooking. A blend of Southwestern, Creole, Southern, Mexican and traditional Cowtown flavours, restaurant goers delight at the taste of this legendary cuisine. The restaurant is situated downtown in the heart of Sundance Square, a 35-block development filled with boutiques, restaurants, night spots, and art galleries. The rooftop bar and patio offer one of the best views in town. It’s a must do. Check it out!
9:00 PM – Honky-Tonk Fun
Your Fort Worth day ends back in the Stockyards at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk. It’s time to slip on those cowboy boots you purchased earlier and saddle up for a night of two-stepping and Texas fun. Grab a ticket in the VIP section of the arena for a front row seat to the 9:00 PM bull riding show. Experience the excitement as professional bull riders get their 8 seconds in on a 1,800 – 2,000-pound bull. Now that you’re inspired, head over to the mechanical bull and try it for yourself. Then, hit the dance floor with the locals. We’re really friendly down in Texas so even if you don’t know what you’re doing, we’ll show you!
9:00 AM – The Star Shines Bright in Frisco
Day 2 starts in Frisco, a booming city just 30 minutes north of Downtown Dallas. No stop to Dallas-Fort Worth is complete without checking out The Dallas Cowboys’ brand new $1.5 Billion World Headquarters and State-of-the-Art Training facility located on the $6 Billion Mile. Experience the place where the Dallas Cowboys train and work 355 days of the year with a VIP Guided Tour of The Star in Frisco and the Ford Center at The Star. Highlights of the tour include: The Ford Center, a 12,000-seat indoor stadium and concert venue; the Cowboys’ War Room where the NFL draft is conducted each year; the Nike Star Walk, a highlight of the 10 most significant milestones; the Super Bowl Memorabilia and Station, a proud exhibition of Super Bowl Trophies, Rings, and Memorabilia; and the Grand Atrium, an eye-catching display of quotes and dancing LED sculpture.
10:30 AM – Brunch Like a Texan
Just up the road from The Star in Frisco and the $6 Billion Mile, is the $3.2 Billion Mile development, Legacy West Plano. You could spend hours working your way through this high-end shopping centre chock-full of delectable restaurants, but for today you are stopping to enjoy an award-winning brunch at Taverna. Brunch in Dallas-Fort Worth is a treasured event on the weekends. Taverna offers a truly Italian experience in a warm and inviting neighbourhood atmosphere. Enjoy some of their delicious food on the cosy patio and take in the sights and sounds of the ritzy North Dallas lifestyle. If you couldn’t tell already, ‘round here, it’s all about the patio!
12:30 PM – Cultural Riches
After brunch, it’s time to head to downtown Dallas for an exceptional cultural experience. There are many exceptional museum options including the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on SMU’s campus; The Perot Museum of Nature and Science; and the Sixth Floor Museum chronicling the life of JFK. However, today you’re headed to the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the largest arts district in the nation. Spend the afternoon taking in the stunning collection of more than 22,000 pieces of art spanning the third millennium BC to present day. You’ll find artists on display including O’Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and more. If there’s time, pop next door to the Nasher Sculpture Center where you will find one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world.
7:30 PM – Dinner with a view
Catch a ride across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to Trinity Groves, a 15-acre restaurant incubator and entertainment destination. With a variety of more than 11 unique restaurants from well-known chefs in Dallas to choose from, your hardest decision is selecting just one. Make sure you have your camera ready; the view of downtown is spectacular! Voted the ‘Best International Skyline’ in 2016 by the USA today readers, the Dallas skyline is a sight to behold, especially at night.
9:00 PM – Nightcap in the Stars
After dinner, head to Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning restaurant, Five Sixty, for breathtaking views of the city. The restaurant is aptly named because it’s 560 feet above the ground atop Reunion Tower. Watch in awe as the restaurant slowly revolves giving a complete 360-degree view of the city while you sip on a nightcap. You’ll love your trip to “the ball” and experience this iconic building in the Dallas skyline.
9:00 AM – Relax, Unwind & Reflect
It’s been such an eventful trip that you’ve hardly had a chance to enjoy the luxuries at The Four Seasons Dallas. It’s time to take a break to reflect on your Dallas-Fort Worth experience at the Well & Being Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Choose from one of their rejuvenating services including massages, body treatments, facials, salon services, and nails. After your appointment, take some time to enjoy complimentary use of the Spa’s steam, sauna, whirlpool and relaxation areas in the world-class spa facilities.
12:00 PM – Texas Send-off
Meet the Ultimate Ventures personnel in the hotel lobby to be escorted to your departure sedan to head to the airport. We sure hope you have enjoyed your 48-hour experience in Dallas-Fort Worth. Come back soon! We have plenty of more opportunities to delight and impress.
One thing you would never have guessed about Dallas-Fort Worth: Be sure to impress everyone back home with the fact that you sipped on a frozen margarita in its birthplace. That’s right, frozen margaritas were invented in Dallas in 1971!
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