Some people travel to relax, others to explore and conquer. For those of the latter type, getting the most out of a day in a new place is essential. For locals, these ideas might inspire you to get to know your hometown all over again. This itinerary is stuffed full of ways to get past the packaging and taste DFW all in 24 hours.
Public Artwalk Dallas
This 3.3-mile walking adventure is unique because it spans so much of downtown and explores much of Dallas’ passion for art. It is also free and self-guided. Maps of this collection of urban art are available online. Including such art staples as the Nasher Sculpture Garden and the Dallas Museum of Art (admission is now free), the route also includes highlights like Main Street Garden and SpectraScape.
Dine and Dash Food Tours/Food Tours of America
West Village Shopping District/Uptown Dallas
Dine and Dash Food Tours will keep the wandering palate from getting bored. Enjoy samplings of Dallas’ finest foods from dishes at restaurants, drink tastings and even dessert tastings. Satisfying even the most voracious appetites for Dallas’ renowned dishes and tidbits of trivia, this two-hour option versus the standard food tour, four-hour option, will allow for ample time to continue adventuring after eating and is only $45.
McKinney Avenue Trolley
3153 Oak Grove Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
The McKinney Avenue Trolley “connects the past to the present” through Uptown and Downtown. The trolley is free and convenient to many popular locations for shopping in Uptown and as of the fall, will extend all the way out to Klyde-Warren Park. These restored trolleys have plenty of windows to get a view of the city and fresh fall air. No reservations are required to ride on Rosie, Green Dragon, Matilda or Petunia and enjoy Dallas’ history in a modern setting.
Cowboys Stadium/AT&T Stadium
1 Legends Way
Arlington, TX 76011
People have come from across the country to see the record-breaking, masterpiece sports theater created by Jerry Jones and family. If there is no time to see a game, touring the Cowboys Stadium is a must. Tour options vary between VIP guided tours, art tours and even self-guided tours, each a varied and fascinating option. Tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Worth Stockyards
500 N.E. 23rd St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
There is Texas city life and Texas country life. Fort Worth has both as featured in the Fort Worth Stockyards. One of the few places to see a cattle drive in action, this area also has boutiques for shopping, historical sites and great mood food including mouth-watering barbecue. Reachable by car or vintage train coming in from Grapevine, the Stockyards has enough to fill anyone’s cowboy appetite.
Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.