City Review: Having fun in the Big D! (May 20, 2017)

Day two of our recent vacation began the focal point of our trip.  We woke up on May 20, 2017 in Texas, the state that we would be remaining in for the next four days.  Our first stop in Texas was the Big D, a city that neither of us had been to before.

Stop 1: Dealey Plaza
After driving to Dallas from Texarkana we pulled up to possibly the most (in)famous plaza in America.  Although there was a line for us to purchase our tickets, the line moved quickly and we were able to get into the museum after less than 30 minutes.

The museum included an audio tour that you had followed through the museum that included being able to look out the window next to where Lee Harvey Oswald made the infamous shots (picture to the left).

After visiting the museum we went for a quick walk around the plaza including visiting the infamous grassy knoll, the location that Zapruder was standing when he shot his famous film of the assassination and looking at the white “X” that marked the location of the President at the moment of each shot.  It was great to be able to walk around a place that almost every American has seen hundreds of times on film that has had such an effect on the world we live in today.

Stop #2: Globe Life Park & AT&T Stadium
After grabbing a quick lunch, and driving around SMU campus, we headed out to Fort Worth for a can’t miss appointment (discussed below).  On the way to Fort Worth we stopped by to look at both Globe Life Park (home stadium to the Texas Rangers) and AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys).  We didn’t take a tour or anything and it was a quick visit but I saw enough to know that I have to come back for a game at each stadium.  The Rangers’ stadium was a beautiful brick facade that had a great photo opportunity outside of it that Bride could not pass up.

AT&T Stadium is just a parking lot away from Globe Life Park and there is a mixed use development being built to connect the two stadiums that will add a lot of life to the pre and post games at each stadium.  AT&T park is well known for its size but I never really believed that the stadium could not be as big as the reports.  But I was wrong, the stadium is the largest stadium I have ever seen.  After we left we got back on the interstate and headed west and AT&T Stadium dominates the skyline and is visible for miles down the road.  It is truly impressive from the outside.

Stop 3: Fort Worth Stockyards
The last stop of the day was Fort Worth.  Bride was super excited to see the Longhorns walk back to their pens at the end of the day.  The stockyards are a step back in time to when each day thousands of steers would leave the stockyards for locations to the north including Kansas, Missouri and eventually Chicago.

Walking around the stockyards you realize what a big operation they were at one point with multiple train tracks ending at the stockyards that were used for trains that would be loaded up daily with steers.  Walking the longhorns is just a small sample of how busy these few blocks were for decades.  Lastly, the longhorns are HUGE! The pictures cannot due justice to how big each one is.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth as a Running/Cycling City:
As I was driving around Dallas I did see quite a few bike lanes, but I did not see many running paths or parks in the downtown areas or around SMU.  Although there was a small river near the stadiums that had a path widing around it.  Fort Worth, on the other hand, had a large park on the river in their downtown that included a great running path.  I think that both cities would be great for running but no path that I saw, or read about really had the distance that you would want for a great cycling path.

Next Stop: Austin!

-Runner

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