Hometown Glory

America's favorite cities? Of course Fort Worth makes the list.

America's favorite cities? Of course Fort Worth makes the list.

Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth is one of America's top 10 favorite cities. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth CVB

A national authority has determined what we already knew to be true: Fort Worth is one of America's favorite cities. 

Travel + Leisure readers deemed Cowtown one of their favorite places in the nation — No. 10, in fact. Fort Worth stands out thanks to a blend of historic, family-friendly charm, and world-class culture.

The magazine's annual survey, which ran for six months, asked readers to rate cities with a population of over 100,000 on features such as affordability, dining destinations, shopping options, and cultural attractions. T+L points out that readers favored cities "that have put their local stamp on such crowd-pleasers as craft beers, burger joints, and indie bookstores" — and Fort Worth can check "yes" to at least two.

"Compared to its brash sibling city Dallas, Fort Worth has long been considered the quiet one," says the magazine. But the city's high safety rating encourages locals and travelers to get out and about.

The Modern, Kimbell, and Amon Carter museums were obvious favorites among those surveyed. T+L suggests the twice-daily cattle drives that take place down the Stockyards' Exchange Avenue as a free and fun outing.

Buffalo, New York, at No. 1, leads the list of America's favorite cities, while San Antonio moseys in at No. 2. Providence, Rhode Island; Norfolk, Virginia; and Nashville, Tennessee round out the top five.

One other Texas locale makes the cut — Houston at No. 25 — but Austin and Dallas are nowhere to be seen.


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