Fort Worth is where the West begins, and nothing embodies Western heritage better than the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. From the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals, every inch of the Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’ famous livestock industry.
Managed by the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Fort Worth Herd presents Stockyard visitors with a glimpse into the past and Fort Worth’s rich western heritage with the world’s only twice daily cattle drive. In preserving its heritage as Cowtown, the City of Fort Worth has its own herd of 15 Texas Longhorns – one for each decade of Fort Worth’s 150-year history.
Billy Bob's welcomes visitors from all over the world and from all walks of life on a daily basis.
Come experience our Honky Tonk attitude, friendly Fort Worth hospitality, and truly unique atmosphere.
Nothing makes a statement better than a Western hat atop your head. Add a new statement to your wardrobe with a cowboy hat from Texas!
A colorful mural of downtown Fort Worth is displayed inside the lobby of the Worthington Renaissance hotel, a luxury retreat operated by Marriott International.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave an impromptu speech to thousands of rain-drenched spectators on the front steps of the historic Hotel Texas, now the Hilton Fort Worth, followed by a formal presentation at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
These remarks were to be his final public speeches, imbuing the Fort Worth visit with extraordinary significance. This was the last time the nation heard the 35th President of the United States speak, and his themes on that historic day are as relevant today as they were in 1963.
The JFK Tribute in Fort Worth’s General Worth Square marks the place and occasion of the President's historic visit with a beautiful Lawrence Ludtke bronze statue of President Kennedy set within an elegant plaza. Selected quotes from a number of JFK's historic speeches are featured throughout.
Think of it as a 55,000-square-foot living room: a place to hang out with friends, indulge your senses, and let your everyday worries disappear. On any given day, you might find a band playing on the permanent stage, a yoga class in progress, or thousands enjoying an outdoor movie. Sundance Square Plaza is a masterpiece of urban design, complete with fantastic fountains, four giant umbrellas, and a state-of-the art sound and lighting system. Come see Sundance Square Plaza for yourself – it’s unlike any other public space in Texas.
Martin House Brewing Company is Fort Worth's newest brewery and offers a staple of core beers, including light ales, IPA's, bocks and seasonal specialties.
A legend in Texas barbeque since 1927, Riscky’s BBQ has been around for over 75 years serving up the finest in mouth-watering ribs, BBQ sandwiches, chicken and so much more. The world renowned Riscky’s barbeque is hand-rubbed with “Riscky Dust” and slow smoked for hours.
Trinity Trails offers 40 miles of running or biking trails, 17 trailheads for picnics and rest stops, five boat launches for canoes, kayaks and sculls, equestrian trails for horseback riding, a water-ski slalom course and fishing in a number of spots.
Coyote Drive-In was founded in 2011 by four guys who were longing for a great way to leave the rat race and constant connectivity behind. They envisioned a simple place to escape the chaos and hang out with friends and family. Enjoy a cold one together. Admire the stars shining bright up above. Relish the laughs while creating memories. It was in their quest for a laid back oasis that the concept for Coyote Drive-In was born.
Texas Rangers fans celebrate Rougned Odor's 4th inning home run against the Houston Astros on September 4, 2016.
The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas. The franchise was established in 1961 and have played in Globe Life Park since 1994. I was lucky enough to catch this foul ball in the 5th inning on September 4, 2016.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located in the former Texas School Book Depository where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy's assassination and its aftermath, and reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world.
Dealey Plaza, in the historic West End district of downtown Dallas is the location of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The Dealey Plaza Historic District was named a National Historic Landmark in 1993 to preserve Dealey Plaza and its surrounding buildings and structures.
One of the largest dinosaurs that ever lived, Tyrannosaurus rex was a fierce carnivore. Scientists believe this powerful predator could eat up to 500 pounds of meat in one bite.
Towering dinosaurs, rare fossils and virtual paleo-habitats are just a few features making the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall a must-go destination.
The front entrance to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The library sits on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
During the 2000 Presidential Election, Texas Governor George W. Bush's campaign slogans were "Compassionate Conservatism" and "Reformer with Results."
The re-count of ballots in Florida during the 2000 presidential election created a debate about the reliability of punch card ballots and precipitated a national crisis of public confidence in voting systems in general. Most previous national elections had sufficiently large margins of victory to mask any shortcomings of vote recording systems. But a close presidential election race, misaligned ballot cards that allowed for off-center punches, and a confusing butterfly ballot design in one Florida county, stimulated public awareness and interest in the nation's vote-recording machinery.
After 9/11, President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium at Game Three of the World Series on October 30, 2001. The President used the sport of baseball to help return the country to a sense of normalcy.
Of the 43,000 artifacts available for display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the World Trade Center beams - 16.7-foot, 1.85-ton pieces of mangled steel - aren't just any relic from America’s hallowed ground, experts say it’s “impact steel," struck directly by one of the hijacked jets that slammed into the Twin Towers on 9/11.
The Dallas area is home to 21 Fortune 500 companies including Exxon Mobil, JCPenney, AT&T, Texas Instruments, and others.
Dallas is the 9th largest city in the United States and the third largest in Texas with a population of 1,281,047.
Enjoy the best views of Dallas from the Reunion Tower's GeO-Deck. Powerful telescopes are located throughout and allow visitors to see intricate details of the streets below.
Big Tex is a 55-foot tall statue and marketing icon of the State Fair of Texas. Visitors from near and far travel annually to admire the famous statue and his 95 gallon hat.
Big Tex's 1952 State Fair debut was auspicious. Speechless that first year, a little engineering helped him “find” his voice in 1953, and he’s been talking ever since. A friendly wave was added in 1997; three years later he began to turn his head.
Whether you're a dare devil or the carousel is more your speed, the State Fair of Texas Midway has something for you. The State Fair Midway features more than 70 rides including the Thrillway, the Kidway, and the iconic 212-ft. Texas Star Ferris wheel.
The signature element of the building's exterior is the 11-foot-tall statue of a Tejas Indian poised above the main entrance. Artist Allie Tennant made the statue of bronze and covered it with gold leaf.
An impressive 2,402,199 people visited the 2016 State Fair of Texas - including me!
One of the many displays inside the Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum located in Amarillo, Texas.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature in the Texas Panhandle. The Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. It is the second largest canyon in the United States and contains 29,182 acres of scenic land.
View from the summit of Lighthouse Trail.
Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture located in Amarillo, Texas. It was created in 1974 by group of art hippies named The Ant Farm and consists of 10 Cadillac automobiles representing a number of evolutions of the car line. Today, the Cadillacs have become a ritual site for those traveling along the Mother Road (Route 66).
No matter how you slice it, 72 ounces of steak is four and a half pounds. At the The Big Texan Steak Ranch, the meal (steak, shrimp cocktail, salad, and dinner roll) is free if you can finish it in an hour. Otherwise it's $72.
Over 50,000 people have tried the "Free 72 Ounce Steak Challenge" and less than 9,000 have finished. During my visit, I opted for the 18oz challenge.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch has been an established landmark since 1960.
There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun and the diversity of species is the best in the country.
This magical place is Big Bend.
Texas bluebonnets bloom along U.S. Route 385, inside Big Bend National Park.
The Rio Grande, separating Mexico and the United States, within the 1,500-foot walls of Santa Elena Canyon.
Take a short boat ride across the Rio Grande for a day trip to Mexico. You can ride a horse, burro or the backseat of a pickup truck into town.
Once inside the village, enjoy $2 cervezas and $1 tacos at Jose Falcon's, shop for souvenirs at the local curio store or the front yards of people's homes, and say your prayers inside a small church. It's a great experience and a unique way to visit our neighbors to the south.
Souvenirs for sale in Bosquillos, Mexico.
Tucked away in the heart of Texas lies a magnificent treasure trove of graffiti dubbed the “Baylor Street Art Wall." The outdoor gallery was kicked off by Shepard Fairey and crew during a South by Southwest festival and is full of life, full of character and full of charm.
The Texas Senate is the upper house of the Texas State Legislature. There are 31 members of the Senate, representing single-member districts with populations of approximately 806,000 per constituency, based on the 2010 U.S. Census. There are no term limits.
Looking up at the dome, inside the Texas State Capitol.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.
This custom built Black Stretch Limousine was used by President Lyndon Johnson beginning in 1968 while he was in Austin, Texas. Weighing 5,100 pounds, the limousine is equipped with a TV, telephone, and reserve gas tank. There is a specially designed communication system within the car for contact with the Secret Service. However, the vehicle is not armored, bullet-proof or bomb-proof.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including 650,000 photos, one million feet of film, 2,000 oral histories, and 5,000 hours of recordings from the public career of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his close associates.
"A Great Society" for the American people and their fellow men elsewhere was the vision of Lyndon B. Johnson.
The Great Society program became Johnson's agenda for Congress in January 1965: aid to education, attack on disease, Medicare, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, development of depressed regions, a wide-scale fight against poverty, control and prevention of crime and delinquency, removal of obstacles to the right to vote.
The Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium located in Austin, Texas, has been home to the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns football team since 1924.
Every summer night, hundreds of people gather to see the world's largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin.
Austin bats eat from 10,000 to 20,000 pounds of insects a year, including agricultural pests.
Established in 1990, Radha Madhav Dham is one of the largest Hindu temples in the United States. The 200-acre property provides a rare opportunity to experience the true devotional environment that prevailed in the ashrams of the historic Saints of Vrindavan, India, about 500 years ago.
The Alamo is an 18th-century mission church located in San Antonio, Texas. It is most well known for the role it played during a pivotal battle in the fight for Texas' independence from Mexico.
For 13 days in 1836, close to 200 Texas defenders held the Alamo from over 1,000 Mexican troops. On April 21, 1836, Texas won independence from Mexico and on December 29, 1845, Texas became a U.S. state.
El Paso, Texas (forefront) and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico (backdrop) comprise the second largest bi-national metropolitan area along the Mexico-United States border (after San Diego–Tijuana), with a combined population of over 2.7 million people.
Ciudad Juárez is one of the fastest growing cities in the world despite being called "the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones." Over 5000 people have been killed since the beginning of 2009, mostly due to the ongoing Mexican drug war.
Whataburger Field opened in 2005 and is located on what used to be old cotton warehouses upon the city's waterfront. Naming rights were paid for by Whataburger, Inc. - a privately held, American regional fast food restaurant chain - which was headquartered in Corpus Christi before relocating to San Antonio in 2009.
The bright blue lights along the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge can be seen in the background.
A statue called "For the Love of the Game" sits in front of the main entrance to Whataburger Field. The massive 17-foot bronze monument depicts a young Minor League baseball player contemplating both the game and his future.
Padre Island National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It's a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.
The USS Lexington Museum has 20 aircraft aboard on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
Corpus Christi is known as a fishing hot-spot on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Many experienced anglers travel from all over the world to cast a line in the Laguna Madre, Gulf of Mexico or Corpus Christi Bay. Don't let the technical jargon and fancy equipment intimidate you – fishing for the first time is no sweat!
The Texas State Aquarium's natural lagoon-like habitat allows visitors to view sea turtles from above and below the water.
Corpus Christi is a Texas city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s tucked into a bay and its beaches are sheltered by Padre and Mustang islands.