Pick up your hire car at Fort Worth airport and ride in. Big enough for would-be cowboys everywhere, there's a lot to see before you saddle up and head out.
"Don your Stetson, saddle up and ride into Fort Worth, the cowboy town that makes Dallas look more like Dudley."
While Fort Worth is famed for its cowboy heritage, there's more to it than cattle drives and rodeo. It might not be quite as big as Dallas, but it has a cultural district and nightlife to rival its neighbour.
Whether you're after culture, a culinary treat or getting in touch with your cowboy roots, Fort Worth has plenty to offer.
For several weekends each year, Fort Worth hosts world-class rodeo events, so there's a good chance you'll bump into one or two real-life John Waynes on your travels.
You might want to ensure there's air conditioning in your hotel room if you're visiting in summer - temperatures regularly reach 100 degrees. Also, beware of tornadoes.
Even the biggest appetite will be satisfied by a trip to one of Fort Worth's excellent steakhouses or hamburger joints.
Larry Hagman, the man famous for playing Dallas's egocentric oil baron JR Ewing, was born in Fort Worth.
Classic science fiction movie Logan's Run was filmed in Fort Worth.
"Visitors are often surprised by everything Fort Worth has to offer - the historic stockyards, a remarkable museum, a dazzling downtown area, Texas Motor Speedway, spectacular annual events and a lot more." - www.fortworth.com
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If realism or the renaissance are more your thing than rodeo, head to Fort Worth's Museum of Art, home to works from artists like Andy Warhol.
There is an underground car park that charges a flat rate of about £
Take a stroll among native and exotic plants at Fort Worth's botanic garden, the perfect place for any green-fingered enthusiasts.
On-site parking that costs about £3
If you've ever wanted to be at the bottom of the sea, head to the Dallas World Aquarium, home to weird and wonderful marine creatures like manatees and Leafy Sea Dragons.
Free on-site parking is available.
Although it might sound like an airport, the American Airlines Center is the place to go to watch Dallas's ice hockey, NBA basketball or gridiron teams.
There are 5,300 parking spaces for guests of the centre.
If you feel like you need an injection of adrenaline in Fort Worth, take a trip to the Zero Gravity Theme Park and give bungee jumping a go.
There is a visitors car park.
The fourth largest lake in Texas is a fisherman's dream, boasting more striped bass, catfish and crappie than you could fit in your net. It's also surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Head south-east out of Fort Worth on US-287, merge on to I-820 S, continue on US-287 S (signs for I-20/Dallas/Waxahachie/US-287), merge on to I-20 E, continue east for just over 36 miles, then take exit 479B to merge on to US-175 E towards Kaufman. Continue south-east for just under 40 miles and, with the lake on your right, turn right at W Mason St/US-175, soon right again at S 3rd St/TX-198. Follow the TX-198 for two-and-a-half miles, then turn right on to FM-85/W Main St/TX-334, which will take you into town and towards the lake. Allow two hours for the journey.
This ranch is home to more than just cows. With camels, kangaroos, lemurs and more humping, hopping and trotting about, it's the perfect place for any animal lover.
Head north-east out of Fort Worth on the I-35W N/US-287 N and continue on the I-35W N for just under 40 miles. At Denton Take exit 469 toward Mc Kinney/Decatur/US-380 and follow this to the S Hwy-377/US-377 S. Follow this road north to Pilot Point. Allow 80 minutes.
To really get away from it all, head to the spectacular wilds of the Whitney State Park, home to deer, raccoons, coyote and bobcats.
Head south out of Fort Worth on I-35W S for just under 52 miles then bear right (west) on to TX-77/US-77. After three miles, right again on to W Elm St/TX-171/TX-22, continue south-west for about 14 miles through Whitney to the lake and the park. Allow 90 minutes.
After spending all this time in cowboy country, you might be itching to get on the back of a horse and M-Bar-K Farms provides the perfect place to saddle up and ride off into the sunset.
Head south-east out of Fort Worth on US-287, then continue east on I-20 E for just over 14 miles. Take exit 457 for FM-1382/Belt Line Road and continue on FM-1382 for about nine miles. A right for Cedar Hill and another on to S Duncanville Rd will take you to the farms. Allow an hour for the journey.
" Fort Worth isn't a very walkable city as everything is spread out so hiring a car is essential. Parking is not a problem, plus most of the car parks in the downtown areas offer free parking in the evenings and at weekends. The only time of the year that you may experience problems is when we host our annual Stock and Rodeo Show. The surrounding areas are also worth visiting, such as the Nature Center, which is such an escape from everything. Or if you want a turn-of-the-century experience, visit the Sundance Square. "