Fort Worth, Texas is one of those towns that everyone needs to visit during their lifetime. There are many things to do in Fort Worth. You may be asking, “Why would she say that?” The Stockyards are where cowboys and culture come together, which in itself, makes for an epic visit. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and Hotels.com has asked me to share what I love about this town. If you have not explored this Texas town, I am going to offer some tips on making your visit to Fort Worth an enjoyable one.
Where To Stay
Fort Worth, Texas is unique in that there are several unique locations to stay in the area. With several distinguished neighboring suburbs, you have several choices when it comes to places to stay in Fort Worth, Texas. Grapevine is known as the Christmas Capitol of Texas and offers a variety of lodging. Great Wolf Lodge offers family-friendly lodging, with an experience that families will not find anywhere else. This particular property offers free parking and is a little more than 3 miles from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport. The historic district of the Fort Worth Stockyards is sure to provide an experience to remember. The area is walkable and minutes from the world-famous cattle drive. I personally love the Great Wolf Lodge, as it’s always a magical stay all 365 days of the year.
Things To Do In Fort Worth: Cattle Drive
The world-famous cattle herd can be seen every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on East Exchange Avenue. You will want to position yourself on East Exchange Avenue in front of the Livestock Exchange Building, for an authentic viewing experience. If inclement weather is on the horizon, be sure to visit the Fort Worth Stockyards Facebook page for updates.
In my opinion, your epic visit to Fort Worth, Texas must include this experience. My father completed this bucket list item last spring and was glad he did! If this is on your bucket list, make it happen. Allow yourself time to shop and dine while in the area, as there are many great options.
Museums With Culture
The culture comes to life in the Cultural District, as there are several museums within a half-mile radius of each other. I spent two hours in this district alone and I could have easily spent a whole day here. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is popular among many Stockyard fans, as fans of Annie Oakley will jump for joy. The Kimbell Art Museum is home to the only Michelangelo in the America’s, which happens to be his first known work, The Torment of Saint Anthony. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is named after the creator and publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Museum of Science and Industry offers numerous family, friendly activities and includes an Omni iMAX Theather. This district would not be complete without the Cattle Raisers Museum, where children learn the history of the area.
Where To Eat in Fort Worth, Texas
Joe T. Garcias have been serving up Mexican food since 1935.
This restaurant is located at 2201 N Commerce Street and offers a menu you will fall in love with. Breakfast at the Historic Fort Worth “Watering Hole”, Paris Coffee Shop, cannot be beaten. They do serve breakfast and lunch, but my favorite meal here is breakfast. The wait times can be a while, but are worth every second that you wait to be seated. The best tip that I can give you, is to order a cinnamon roll.
Cowboys and Culture Collide
It’s now time to plan your visit to Fort worth and embrace the cowboys and all of the culture that thrives. This city is in a large metro area with millions of people, but the city itself seems small and welcoming. From the bus drivers to the local folks you meet in the restaurants, Texas hospitality comes to life in this Texas town and I am proud to say that I enjoy this town.
When I had the opportunity to visit Mesa, Arizona, it’s fair to say that I jumped on the opportunity. October is a wonderful year to explore Mesa. The weather has cooled down and the glory of the desert is everywhere. This Iowa gal loved the desert, as it truly offered different views from home.
This is the start of a series of posts of this trip, so you will want to stay tuned. A special thank you to the team of Visit Mesa for hosting myself and my friend Melody of Wherever I May Roam Blog. Our adventure started in Mesa and it ended at the Grand Canyon with Cruise America. If you have wondered what Mesa is all about, I have the answers for you.
Agritourism In Mesa, Arizona
I loved that agriculture is embraced in Mesa. Agritopia was unique, in the fact that it is a farm in an urban setting. You will not find rows and rows of crops, but numerous specialty crops scattered throughout the grounds. Their claim to fame is that in 2014, the New York Times named Agritopia the leading ‘agri-hood’ in the United States. The crops are harvested and immediately served at Joe’s Farm Grill and the Coffee Shop. Another fun fact is that all of the produce that is grown here is grown under the USDA organic protocol.
Tip: Visit the micro-winery Garage East for wine tasting before you depart from Agritopia.
The Olive Oil 101 Tour at Queen Creek Olive Mill was fascinating. The olive trees and learning about the process of how olive oil is made was fun and also educational.
Melody and I enjoyed the tour and tasted many of the complementary oils that are on site. This attraction is a destination in itself when you visit this area of Arizona.Tip: If the weather cooperates dine in the olive grove and enjoy lunch from del Piero.
True Garden brought me back to several visits to EPCOT over the years. When we walked into this establishment, we were surrounded by towers of green. We learned that this is a first of its kind facility, operated by solar power, and designed to help reduce the region’s agriculture water consumption.
You will notice that produce is grown locally and available year-round in this type of setting. This 5,000 square foot vertical urban farm showcases how healthy, fresh produce is grown without using soil. Multiple harvests take place all year long and many local chefs use their organic produce in their dishes. Classes are offered throughout the year, and class participants can learn how to grow their own tower gardens and other things. The lettuce in this agriculture complex was some of the best I have ever eaten. Doesn’t this look delicious?
Art Lines The Streets In Mesa, Arizona
I love the fact that many destinations are now embracing street art, and Mesa is no exception. There are several stunning murals around town, as well as sculptures. I found Humpty Dumpty and immediately fell in love with him.
We have a sculpture of Humpty Dumpty in my hometown but colored a little differently. With more than 200 sculptures lining the downtown streets, you will find a sculpture or two that you fall in love with. With only a couple hours to check this art out, I know that I want to return to experience more of it. We also spotted several colorful murals around town, that were all selfie material.
Horsing Around at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch
I can honestly say that I saw the most scenic ranch of my lifetime at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch. I had the experience of riding through the “Old West” by horseback. The experience was truly a highlight of my visit.
Our group was on a sunset tour. There is nothing like the Superstition Mountains at sunset, while viewed by horseback. This trail ride was a true Arizona experience that I will carry with me forever.
I have ridden horses in many places, but this one is at the top of my list. Tip: Book your trail ride experience in advance, as these rides do fill. For questions about horseback riding, send an email to: email@example.com.
Cruising Mesa and North
The company headquarters of Cruise America is located in Mesa. After a full day of exploring Mesa, we picked up our 27′ rental unit. Most importantly, this was a great way to explore Arizona.
We arrived at our final destination, the Grand Canyon and had a ball. The convenience of traveling with an RV was ideal, as we had our snacks and toilet on board. We scene a lot along the way and it was a memorable road trip. You can also camp in the Superstition Mountains and Lost Dutchman State Park, which offer a great outdoor experience in the Mesa area.
When you visit Mesa, you are literally in the heart of Arizona. The most memorable part of our road trip was the fact that the scenery changes every hour in Arizona. If you want to visit the Grand Canyon with a little different experience, I’d highly recommend road tripping with Cruise America.
Due to the fact that I had not spent much time in Arizona, I was not sure what to expect. It’s fair to say that I loved my time in the state and can’t wait to return. Road tripping with Cruise America and falling in love with the agritourism scene made Mesa a winning destination in my book. You will want to stay tuned, as more stories about this epic road trip begin to unfold. Mesa, Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and the Grand Canyon all welcomed us as we traveled in our RV. Arizona, it’s fair to say that you won me over.
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The East Coast of America has long held onto a reputation of beautiful sprawling beaches, good culture, and epic panoramic views of the North Atlantic. As we approach the travel season of the new decade, there’s never been a better time to visit. North Carolina has a plethora of reasons to visit in any season. Through the summer months, there are sandy beaches waiting for you to tuck into lobster rolls, and autumnal road trips await. With so many reasons to visit, I need to start planning a return visit. A fabulous road trip will take you through the depths of North Carolina to see the wonders of the incredible, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
What To Do In North Carolina
Where to begin! You can easily immerse yourself in some of the country’s best museums, to delve into the history of the area and the country. The North Carolina Museum of Art is home to the most divine artistic pieces in a modern setting. With more than a dozen galleries, there’s something for everyone. Grandfather Mountain State Park makes for a perfect road trip. There are peaks and troughs for miles, lined with sumptuous pine trees. Tip: June – October is the ideal time to take a road trip. The war sites across North Carolina are particularly interesting for those with a keen interest in history. The most popular historical site is Fort Raleigh. There are many beautiful coastal areas that make for a relaxing day. Visitors can be seen soaking up the fresh ocean air and ambling through quaint streets filled with gift shops and local boutiques.
Go hunting for gems at the famous Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. This is a great place for the whole family to find their souvenirs to take home. It is both indoor and outdoor, which makes it a good all year long. This is a great free activity during the winter months, as it’s fun and something new.
Staying along with the theme of family, the Good Karma Ranch is a great place to teach children the importance of sustainability. This environmentally-friendly livestock farm is based in Iron Station. They breed Huacaya Alpacas from championship bloodlines. Children can see them up close and learn a little about sustainable farming and meet an alpaca.
Food & Drinks
America’s East Coast is incredibly famous for its cuisine and North Carolina is no exception. South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach is a big favorite for those who enjoy local cuisine. Take a mighty chunk out of a juicy fillet steak burger at one of the many steakhouses. When in Myrtle Beach or anywhere along the East Coast, it’s fitting to dive into a marinated lobster at one of the seafood restaurants in Myrtle Beach.
Once you leave the seabord, head inland to Mount Mitchell State Park, as well as lodging. During the winter, you’ll find this park turns into a winter wonderland. When the white, fluffy snow begins to fly, it’s home to certain winter sports through November to February. Hiking enthusiasts will appreciate the miles of hiking trails. As with any hike, be sure to check the weather and the trail conditions before you hop no the trail.
Places To Stay
If you are tempted by the East Coast beauty, then North Carolina certainly has a variety of accommodation for all needs. The most central part of the state, which is popular for its location and things to do is Charlotte. It’s modern and full of good amenities and is, of course, popular for its ties to NASCAR. A little more suburban would be Wilmington, with a much smaller intimate vibe and a port, it is a little coastal town which is famous for its WW2 naval combat history. Durham, which is landlocked, is a city famous for its technology and science. May students study in this true American suburban feel town, which makes it fun and exciting. It may have a slightly more industrial feel, but there are plenty of coffee shops and trendy breakfast bars which make it an exciting place to visit.
Our sense of American continues, as Gastonia is also an all-American city with a very traditional feel. Stone-built houses are a part of the history and scenes of the city. Southport, is another port city, a little smaller and quieter feeling, it is less bustling and is full of lined colorful buildings which are delightful! North Carolina offers a little something for everyone, making it a great year-round state to visit.