Ferris wheel at Texas State Fair

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Dallas Love Field (DAL)

Dallas/Fort Worth, or “the Metroplex” as Texans know it, has all that you’ll need to get the full Texas experience (you know what they say: "Everything’s bigger in Texas"). The Metroplex spans over 9,000 square miles and the DFW airport alone is bigger than the island of Manhattan.

Fort Worth may have a good old-fashioned Texas twang in just about everything it does, but the city fondly known as "Cowtown" also has a few sophisticated surprises in store. Mosey down to the Stockyards and take a gander at the Ernest Tubb record shop, the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and a cowboy hat store or two. While you’re close, you can master the two-step at Billy Bob’s Texas, a country western dance hall with live music every night. Just be sure to make time to peruse the Kimbell and the Modern, two of the finest contemporary art museums in Texas.

Urban Cowboys and Girls

Trade in your cowboy hat and head over to Dallas, a city about town. Dallas’ fashion-savvy residents know how to shop: NorthPark Center, the Galleria Dallas, Highland Park Village and the — ahem — original Neiman Marcus store. But if you’re more sports-minded, you can get your game on here too. No matter what season it is you can catch a Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars or Texas Rangers game. Need we go on? There’s something for everyone.

Outside of the city limits, the lakes all throughout the region are a relaxing retreat when you need to get in touch with the outdoors. But really, you’ll never want to tip your hat in farewell.