WEEKEND GETAWAY: 72 HOURS IN DALLAS, TX

Looking for a quick weekend getaway? Whether you’re meeting up with the guys or taking your significant other, there’s plenty to do in the Big D. From sports to history to just hanging out, we’ve got plenty of ways to fill your days.

STAY

Dallas/Ft. Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club While this resort is located a bit from the action, it is on a golf course, so pack your clubs for an early-morning round. Rooms are spacious, staff is friendly and the breakfast buffet is fully stocked. There’s a pool, tennis courts and versatile Sport Court for basketball and volleyball, too.

Looking for a place in the heart of the city? Try The Joule, a luxurious revitalized 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building set in the heart of Dallas’ central business district.

VISIT

AT&T Stadium: (Arlington, TX) At the Dallas Cowboys’ home, a self-guided tour gets you into the locker rooms, post-game interview room and even allows you access on the field. Feel free to toss the football around.

Fort Worth Stockyards: Step back in time and into the Wild West. This historic district hosts daily cattle drives, a rodeo, museums, boot shops, restaurants and watering holes.

Dealey Plaza: (Downtown Dallas) Stand on the grassy knoll, see where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and visit the Sixth Floor Museum for a look back at one of history’s still controversial events.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum: Situated on the SMU campus, this museum features a replica of the former president’s Oval Office, an interactive situation room experience, a 9/11 section and a vibrant collection of his personal oil paintings, Portraits of Courage.

EAT

You’ll find plenty of BBQ, steaks and Tex-Mex all around, but we recommend heading to Sundance Square, named for the infamous Sundance Kid, in Fort Worth. It’s a 35-block development filled with shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Have dinner at the legendary Riscky’s Barbecue (300 Main St.) and order up the all-you-can-eat beef ribs, rubbed with their signature dust and smoked slowly over a wood fire.

Craving something spicy? Try Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, a Fort Worth staple since 1935.

WANT MORE?

Have a little more time on your hands?

Make the 90-minute drive south to Waco and see what the HGTV buzz is about at Chip and Joanna Gaines’ silos at Magnolia Market. While you’re in town, soak up some local history at the Dr. Pepper Museum and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum (the law enforcers, not ball players), stroll along the Brazos River or roam around Baylor campus.

And because everything’s bigger in Texas, you’ll just have to plan a trip back to see Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Galveston and El Paso…

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