Upscale Marriott Close to Texas Motor Speedway
The Texas Motor Speedway, one of the world's largest stadiums, rises from the grasslands of Fort Worth like a modern-day coliseum with a crowd capacity of nearly 200,000. It's an auto-racing phenomenon where spectators come to watch high-octane stock-car, Indy, and motorcycle competitions. Contrasting the mechanical prowess displayed on the racetracks, the area around the Speedway is a rural and suburban landscape dotted with farms, museums, and art centers. That's where you'll find The Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle: in a quiet, green neighborhood overlooking an 18-hole golf course.
The Marriot announces its subtly luxurious aesthetic upfront with shiny marble floors and a grand piano in the lobby. Deluxe golf-view rooms are equally elegant from the mix of gold and earth tones in the furniture and the marble walls of the bathroom. Views here face the Jay Morrish–designed Champions Circle course, which is filled with steep greens, meandering creeks, and 100-year-old oak trees that all used to be part of a former cattle ranch.
In the mornings, head to Creekside Café for the complimentary breakfast. The restaurant also serves contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Blue Moon Lounge is the place to go for a handmade cocktail and an eclectic menu of pub fare. Overlooking the golf course, the laid-back Drivers restaurant rounds out the onsite dining options with a selection of sandwiches.
Fort Worth: Western Hub with Bustling Downtown
Once a market for buying and selling cattle, sheep, and hogs, the Fort Worth Stockyards is today a historical district where the smell of smoked meats from barbecue joints and country music from rowdy honky-tonks fill the air. It’s the best place in the city to go for an authentic Texas experience. You can still watch drovers on horseback parade herds of cattle down the main drag en route to a live auction. Live musicians accompany line dancing at the site of a famous 19th-century gunfight, and at a nearby rodeo center, modern-day cowboys demonstrate bull riding and barrel racing during two-hour exhibitions.
In the cultural district—about a 10-minute drive south—world-class museums stand along tree-lined brick boulevards. Acclaimed as one of the most striking architectural designs of the modern era, the Kimbell Art Museum houses ancient artifacts, a painting thought to be Michelangelo's first, and early Ninja Turtles sketches. At the free-to-the-public Amon Carter Museum of American Art, you can survey a collection of American works, including several paintings from the Hudson River School.
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