Travel + Leisure heralds Fort Worth among top 50 U.S. places for 2021

Neither of us have a travel crystal ball, so we don’t know when it is safe to take short breaks without thinking too much about our health. But a national travel magazine just announced what Fort Worth residents think is true – that the city will be a great place to visit in 2021.

Travel + Leisure magazine published its annual, unrated list of the 50 Best Places to Visit in the US on December 18th. Fort Worth is the only major city in Texas that is on the list.

“In honor of our revived appreciation for the discoveries that must be made in our own backyards, this year’s list includes 50 dynamic, timely destinations – right here in the US,” the magazine says.

Although Fort Worth appears as # 15, the list is presented alphabetically, not ranked, they emphasize.

Travel + Leisure unpacks a number of reasons for visitors to hang their hats in Cowtown. Among other things, the publication cites the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, which “capture the famous legacy of the bustling cattle industry in Texas with rodeos, a history museum and the world’s only twice daily cattle drive.”

It’s also a nod to the recently renovated Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the nonprofit Art Tooth gallery, and Blackland Distillery’s lounge and tasting room (named Bar of the Year at CultureMap’s prestigious 2020 Tastemaker Awards).

If you’re looking to rest at night after a busy day in Fort Worth, Travel + Leisure recommends two soon-to-be-opened properties: Hotel Drover, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel that opened on Stockyards’ Mule Alley in early 2021; and Hotel Dryce, a boutique hotel coming to the cultural district from local entrepreneur and Magnolia Network star Jonathan Morris.

“A serving of Texan heritage – with some luxurious, modern updates – draws visitors to the city where the West begins,” the magazine said.

Travel + Leisure’s only other choice in Texas for 2021 seems a little more obvious, yet no less desirable: Texas Hill Country.

The 31,000 square kilometer region west of Austin and north of San Antonio is a popular haven for Fort Worth travelers and is about a three-hour drive from the DFW Metroplex. Well-known Hill Country communities include Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Johnson City, Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Driftwood, Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls, New Braunfels, and Canyon Lake.

Travel + Leisure praises the hill country for “an inimitable charm that those outside of the state only seem to feel”.

In its hill country profile, the magazine focuses on a pocket of the vast region southwest of Austin. Travel + Leisure will toast Fall Creek Vineyards and Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, as well as the Dripping Springs Distillery District, including Treaty Oak Distilling and Deep Eddy Vodka.

Travel + Leisure highlights the rustic-chic Getaway Cabins in Wimberley and the luxurious 289 acre Camp Lucy Resort and Event Venue in Dripping Springs.

Where are the absolute best places to visit outside of state next year? Fort Worth and the Hillsbrad keep good company with the likes of: Alaska’s coastline; Astoria, Oregon; The Berkshires; Big Sky, Montana; Birmingham, Alabama; The black hills of South Dakota; Buffalo, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Cape May, New Jersey; and the catskills. You can find the full list here.

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