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Best Places to Visit in 2024

Fort Worth Is More Than Just Cowboys — With Great Modern Art, Cool Hotels, and a Vegan Dining Scene
World-class museums, a new luxury hotel, and, of course, great barbecue make this Texas city one of the best places to visit in 2024.

Fort Worth is a city of contrasts: Roughly 30 miles west of Dallas, with an international airport named for the two cities, it’s a rare place that proudly channels the spirit of the American West. Visitors can tap into it at the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which kicks off each January, or any day at the Stockyards National Historic District, where the late 19th-century cattle and livestock market was born.

But a century and a half later, Cowtown has grown into so much more: Fort Worth was the fastest-growing big city in the country between 2021 and 2022. In the Cultural District, you’ll find new hotels, including the city’s first luxury property, and a cache of world-class museums collectively housing a staggering collection of art and antiquities. (One of the world’s most important photography collections lives here, as does the country’s only Michelangelo painting.) In the Near Southside neighborhood, a vegan scene that took root nearly two decades ago is blooming, with the city’s first plant-based fine dining restaurant and a new ice cream and donut shop. But plenty of barbecue can be found from traditional joints and an innovative new guard. These are just a few reasons Fort Worth is on our list of Best Places to Go in 2024, and its star is still rising.

The Crescent Hotel
With its glass facade and bright, art-filled lobby, the Crescent Hotel, which opened in the city’s Cultural District in November 2023, takes cues from its art institution neighbors. The property’s 212 plush rooms and suites are as inviting as the staff, who will help arrange a restaurant reservation, a tour of one of the nearby museums, and a ride there with the house car. The hotel’s all-day restaurant, Emilia’s, is an ode to Fort Worth’s sister city, Emilia-Romagna, with pastas and other Mediterranean fare. For the health-minded, the hotel is also home to a Canyon Ranch Wellness Club, the first stand-alone from the health spa and retreat brand, and guests have access to a slate of cutting-edge fitness equipment.

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