Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. With a population of approximately 661,000 it is Texas' 5th largest city. It is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, which has a population exceeding 5.7 million. Sometimes referred to as Cowtown, it is by far closer to its cowboy roots than neighboring Dallas.

Understand

Fort Worth grew from a military camp established at the close of the Mexican War by Gen. Winfield Scott, and named for Gen. William Jenkins Worth who fought in the war. Forty-two men of Company F, 2nd Dragoons, established the camp on June 6, 1849. The Fort Worth to Yuma, AZ, stage line was established in 1850. The city became the seat of Tarrant County 1860, and after the Civil War, it became a major shipping and supply depot for cattlemen.

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 53 58 67 76 82 90 95 95 88 78 67 57
Nightly lows (°F) 30 35 43 53 61 68 72 71 65 54 43 34
Precipitation (in) 1.7 2.1 2.6 3.3 4.6 3.5 2.4 2.1 3.4 3.2 2 1.8

Get in

By plane

All the major American carriers, and many international ones as well, provide scheduled passenger service into the   Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW), located exactly 17 miles from downtown Fort Worth. This airport is one of three major hubs for American Airlines. American Airlines is also headquartered in Fort Worth.

By train

The   Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center at 1001 Jones St is the central hub for Amtrak inter-city trains and TRE commuter trains, along with Greyhound inter-city bus service and local bus service provided by the T. TRE trains also serve the more historic   T&P Station at 1600 Throckmorton St on the south side of downtown.

Amtrak's Texas Eagle provides daily service between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas with stops in Fort Worth and Dallas. Also, Amtrak's Heartland Flyer provides daily service between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, and points in between. Woefully underfunded, passenger train service in the United States is a slow but scenic way to travel, if you aren't too concerned about arriving on time.

Alternately, arrive from Dallas or DFW Airport by way of the commuter rail system known as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Ticket prices and maps can be found at the TRE website, and can provide a stress-free way to navigate between the cities during heavy traffic hours.

By car

Fort Worth may be easily reached via I-20 or I-30 from the east or west, or by I-35W from the north or south. I-35 splits into two branches north of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, the west branch going to Fort Worth and the east branch (I-35E) to Dallas. The branches rejoin to the south.

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By bus

Get around

Mass transit

Buses and trains link many areas of town over mid-range distances. Trinity Rail Express has commuter train service between downtown Fort Worth, DFW Airport and downtown Dallas. Service is Monday through Saturday. No scheduled services on Sundays and most major holidays.

Molly the Trolley bus service provides local public transportation in areas like downtown Fort Worth, the Historic Stockyards, and to Sundance Square during lunchtime. Hours of operation vary by route.

By bike

See

Tarrant County Courthouse, Fort Worth

Museums

Attractions

Downtown convention center

Do

The Modern Art Museum

Learn

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Lockheed Martin Plant

Options ideal for travel to the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant: 200 N Grants Ln, adjacent to the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (JRB, formerly Carswell Air Force Base):

Connect

Good Cellular phone coverage by all major providers throughout the city and all major roadways. Internet hot-spots available at most Starbucks Coffee locations, DFW Airport, and FedEx Kinko's offices.

Daily newspaper:

Stay safe

As with any other large city, be vigilant in Fort Worth. The city's central arts and entertainment district is well policed, however, as so long as you make sure you lock your car and hide any valuables inside, all that you need is a little extra awareness of your surroundings. The city's freeways can be quite dangerous if you are not accustomed to driving in such high volumes of rapidly moving traffic; keep this in mind when you are planning a trip.

Cope

Gym workout

Go next

Routes through Fort Worth

Oklahoma City Gainesville  N  S  END
St. Louis Dallas  NE  SW  Temple San Antonio
Midland Weatherford  W  E  Arlington Dallas
Midland WeatherfordMerges into  W  E  Arlington Dallas
Oklahoma City Denton  N  S  Hillsboro Waco
Chickasha Decatur  N  S  END
Wichita Falls Decatur  N  S  Arlington Beaumont
Del Rio Granbury  S  N  Denton Stroud


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