From LAX, nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth is available on American, Delta and United, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on America West, Continental, Northwest and Frontier. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $350.
WHERE TO STAY:
Ashton Hotel, 610 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102; (866) 327-4866, http://www.theashtonhotel.com. Housed in historic buildings in Sundance Square, the Ashton has 38 deluxe king-bedded rooms. Rates begin at $250 a night, but be sure to ask for specials.
Blackstone Courtyard by Marriott, 601 Main St., Fort Worth 76102; (800) 321-2211 or (817) 885-8700, http://www.courtyard.com. Convenient downtown location. Rooms are simple in this renovated historic building. Heated outdoor pool. Doubles from $99 (on weekends) to $145.
Renaissance Worthington, 200 Main St., Fort Worth 76102; (800) 433-5677 or (817) 870-1000, http://www.renaissancehotels.com. Large, comfortable downtown hotel with all amenities. Doubles $159-$165; ask if lower rates are available.
WHERE TO EAT:
Cattlemen's Steakhouse, 2458 N. Main St., Fort Worth; (817) 624-3945, http://www.cattlemenssteakhouse.com. The ambience is pure '50s-style dining room, but the steaks are excellent. Entrees range between $10.95-$30.95.
Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Dishes, 2201 N. Commerce St.; (817) 626-4356, http://www.joets.com. Follow the crowds to Joe T.'s for fast service and plentiful portions. If you're there during warm weather, dine outside in the expansive gardens. Entrees $9.25, $10.50.
Reata Restaurant, 310 Houston St.; (817) 336-1009, http://www.reata.com. Upscale Southwestern cuisine with a Texas flair. Creative Tex-Mex and beef dishes. Entrees $14.95-$29.95.
TO LEARN MORE:
Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, 415 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth 76102; (800) 433-5747, http://www.fortworth.com.
Texas Department of Economic Development, Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728, Austin, TX 78711-2728; (800) 888-8TEX (888-8839), http://www.traveltex.com.