In search of cowboys

Luckily my friend’s name isn’t Thelma and we’re nowhere near a cliff, because our first attempt at driving in America is not going well. For our road trip, we have unwittingly chosen one of the worst states for traffic and spaghetti highways with exits that lead to sub-exits that lead to exits A, B and C. Even with a GPS, Michelle and I are so confused we consider placing a sign in the car’s rear window: “Sorry, we’re Australian.”

It’s with a sigh of relief when we turn off toward the much more welcoming Fort Worth.

In all honesty, we’ve come here looking for cowboys. We’re a couple of city chicks who watched westerns and Dallas as kids and heard that this part of Texas was the place to go for hot men on horseback.

First impressions are promising as we turn into a cobblestone street lined with saloons and stables and see two good-looking guys outside the H3 Ranch steakhouse. But the sense of authenticity is quashed by a nearby sign for valet parking: these boys work at The Stockyards Hotel.

Like a couple of cowgirls tying our horses to the post outside a rowdy bar, we park out front and hand over the keys. Giddy up!

First published in the Sun Herald. Read the full article by clicking below:
Texas, travel guide | Round up the cowboys.

Getting there

United Airlines, V Australia, Qantas and Delta fly from Sydney to Los Angeles or San Francisco, with connections to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin or Houston airports. 13 31 33, flightcentre.com.au.

Staying there

Forth Worth: The Stockyards Hotel, +1 817 625 6427, stockyardshotel.com.

Houston: Indigo Hotel, +1 713 621 8988, houstonluxuryhotel.com.

Dallas: Stoneleigh Hotel, +1 214 871 7111, stoneleighhotel.com; Westin Galleria Dallas, +1 972 934 9494, thewestingalleriadallas.com.

More information

fortworth.com, visitdallas.comaustintexas.org, visithoustontexas.com.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/round-up-the-cowboys-20110512-1ejme.html#ixzz2ISYtqfW3

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