The Weekend Getaway Guide to Dallas & Fort Worth

I recently had the chance to experience a long weekend exploring the two cities of Dallas and Forth Worth with Travel Texas to see what they’re all about. There are so many fun things to do in either city, that it was hard to pick what to include in this guide! Major Fort Worth attractions include line dancing at Billy Bob’s and seeing the daily cattle drive at the Stockyards, while Dallas tourist attractions include the Margarita Mile and fun neighborhoods like Deep Ellum. Don’t forget you also have to try some authentic Texas BBQ while in DFW! Whether you’re planning an itinerary for a weekend escapade from Austin like me, or flying in for a business trip from California or NYC, here’s some of the best things to do in Dallas and Forth Worth!

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5 Adventurous Things to Do in San Luis Obispo County

Did you know that San Luis Obispo County, aka SLO CAL®, has tons of adventurous things to do? From horseback riding through a winery to ATVing over sand dunes to kayaking amongst the wildlife of Morro Bay, there are plenty of options to satisfy that urge for adventure during your trip to SLO CAL. Check out below for my 5 top thrilling things to do in San Luis Obispo, and a few bonus activities at the bottom!

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A Luxury Stay on the Big Island: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai three times in the last few years, and I have to say, it’s quite possibly my favorite resort to visit on the planet. There’s no doubt it’s one of the best resorts in Hawaii, and it’s easy to see why. This 5 star property features everything from 7 pools and 5 restaurants to an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course set on a volcanic landscape. For our trip, we left at the end of January, which is high season for the Big Island as people try to escape the cold. It’s also the perfect season for whale watching, and if you’re lucky, you can see them right from the beach at the resort. Leaving Austin for this January/February trip was the perfect way to escape the cold fronts that had rolled into Texas, and the weather in Hawaii was perfect. “Winter” on the Big Island tends to be in the 70s/80s with lows in the 60s, so while you’ll want to pack a sweater, it’s much more mild than most other destinations.

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Transatlantic Cruising on the Cunard Queen Mary 2

Just the mere mention of the Queen Mary 2 conjures up images of voyages of old, transatlantic cruising on majestic ocean liners fit for royalty. The utter romance of sipping decadent cocktails on the veranda deck, strolling the promenade in the evening breeze, and dancing the night away to a string orchestra. You know, the fancy parts of the movie Titanic that made you dream of luxury cruising! For seven days in January those dreams became reality as I boarded the legendary Queen Mary 2 in the port of Brooklyn, New York and set sail for Southampton, England.

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10 Things You Have to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Anyone who knows me know how much I love the Big Island of Hawaii. I grew up going there yearly, camping out on the beach with my dad near Kona and exploring all that the island had to offer. I never really did a luxury resort stay there until I became a travel blogger. Recently, I’ve been able to return to Hawaii several times for work. I’m so excited that Southwest Airlines will be launching flights to Kona soon (service start date subject to government approvals), allowing even more access to the Big Island. Two free checked bags (first and second checked bags, weight and size limits apply) means being able to pack ALL of my resort wear and bring home plenty of souvenirs too. And since I’m a hoarder of Southwest points, I’m hoping to make a yearly trip of it by using my points! For more information on Southwest Airlines flights to Hawaii visit, southwest.com/hawaii.

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