Southern Pacific

From Weatherford and the west, it’s easiest to approach Fort Worth and Dallas via I-20 and I-30, which separate west of the city. From I-30, old US-80 enters Fort Worth on Camp Bowie Boulevard, running right past the museums of the Cultural District to the heart of downtown. East of Fort Worth, the older roads disappear under the modern freeways, so hop onto I-30 and beeline past Arlington, where the stadia for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys stand around the Six Flags over Texas amusement park before reaching Dallas.

The old road between Fort Worth and Dallas, now signed as Hwy-180, approaches downtown Dallas on Commerce Street, passing the notorious Texas School Book Depository before heading down Main Street. Southwest of downtown, a great stretch of roadside Americana has been reborn as the Bishop Arts District, a lively mix of art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants like the wonderful Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ (400 W. Davis St., 214/944-5521). East of Dallas, the old main road passes through Deep Ellum neighborhood before leaving town past the historic Cotton Bowl football stadium, on the grounds of the Texas State Fair (held here in late September or early October).