As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about our Texas road trip, we weren’t in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for very long before continuing on to Austin and San Antonio… but we still had a blast! Before and throughout this whole trip, I was writing down reader suggestions, and most of our favorite spots were suggested by YOU! So, after a great night’s sleep at the Westin Galleria, we were ready to explore. Here’s what we did!
LSL’s Quick Guide to Dallas/Fort Worth
Go to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Our first top was the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. We had the perfect weather that morning for a long walk, and to be honest, that was exactly what I needed emotionally that day. I had kept hearing this place was beautiful… and it did NOT disappoint at all. Every little corner was so pretty and it was really cool to see how busy it got! This is clearly a place that families love to go to – such a sweet weekend activity!
I wore this gingham top by Re:Named all day, which felt very “Texas” to me ? It’s on sale for only $16 right now, so this is a great time to pull the trigger if you’ve been eyeing it! I also love that it gave off some “Dorothy” vibes, too… keep scrolling to find out why!
Now do you get why I loved that I was wearing a “Dorothy” top? We found the Emerald City! If you saw this instagram, you might already know that Adam and I were actually in The Wizard of Oz back in High School! That’s right – when I was a senior and he was a junior, we played Dorothy and the Scarecrow! It still cracks me up when I think about, so the fact that we stumbled upon a yellow brick road is so ridiculous and awesome. Such a fun little perk of this visit!
Stay at the Westin Galleria
I talk more about the Westin Galleria in yesterday’s post, but I really do recommend this hotel! The entrance is located right inside the Galleria Mall, which is really cool to walk around. The food at the Westin is also amaaazing – which can’t always be said about hotel food! Highly recommend getting a good night’s sleep here.
Grab coffee at Magnolia Sous le Pont
A few of my followers said that I had to stop by Magnolia Sous le Pont for a cup of coffee… and as soon we pulled up, I knew why. This place is even more beautiful than my photos could show you. The bright blue walls, the flower boxes, the cute tables, the delicious coffee… this is 1000% my kind of coffee shop. Loved it!
Check out the Bishop Art’s District
Dallas was fun to visit, but it wasn’t until we made our way to the Bishop Arts District that it really won us over. We came for the BBQ (keep scrolling!) but we stayed to walk around and see all of the cute boutiques, fun restaurants/bars, galleries, coffee shops… I even found the cutest Stranger Things inspired card for Adam in one of the boutiques!
Eat at Lockhart Smoke House
Okay, you guys know I’m not a huge meat eater. I usually don’t go too crazy for BBQ… but Lockhart Smoke House was UNREAL. I got the chicken and I kept saying that it was the best chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life. It was so tender, falling apart, full of smokey flavor – and it didn’t even need BBQ sauce! We also had the creamiest Mac & Cheese in the world. Seriously, we couldn’t stop raving about this place. The only downfall? We reeked of smoke for the rest of the day ? Luckily that’s nothin a good shower can’t fix!
Check out the Fort Worth Stockyards
Since we were already in Dallas, it made sense to stop in Fort Worth for the night – especially because it gave us a chance to see the Fort Worth Stockyards! This historical district is proud of Texas’ famous livestock industry, with original wooden corrals, brick walkways, and shops with cowboy hats/boots all over. We got there just in time for the 4:00pm cattle drive, which was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. It was the first time it hit me that we weren’t in the midwest anymore! Welcome to the south!
Get Tacos at Torchy’s
This suggestion came up for multiple cities, so once we saw a Torchy’s Tacos in Fort Worth, the decision was made. I couldn’t get great photos of the actual tacos (the lighting wasn’t my friend ?), so you’re just going to have to trust me on this. These tacos were SO. GOOD. Throughout the entire meal, Adam and I kept saying that if this was in Chicago we would want to go every day! I’m still dreaming about the Mr. Orange salmon taco… YUM!
Did we miss anything in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
I’m sure we didn’t hit everything in Dallas/Fort Worth, so I’d love to know – what are your favorite spots? What should we do if/when we go back?
Ps. You might also like to read about our full Texas Road Trip, Austin and San Antonio!