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Maybe it’s the sight of so many folks in tight Levi jeans, strutting around with just the right amount of swagger. Or perhaps it’s that the romance of the Wild West still looms large in the American mindset. Either way, there’s something about Texas that messes with our sartorial senses, making us want to ditch our Dockers in favor of some show-stopping boots. Dallas is as much the cattle town as any, and here are 8 ways to kick it there the cowboy way. Giddy up!

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Cowboys Red River 

If the name isn’t a dead giveaway, surely the sound of two-stepping inside this bustling honky-tonk saloon and dance hall is. You may find yourself kicking up your heels to some live country music jams on the huge, neon-lit floor and tossing back drinks with the locals. Don’t know how to two-step? No problem. They offer dance classes onsite, or you can make a friendly wager with some ranch hands over a game of Texas Hold ‘Em poker. And in case you’re wondering, you’re darn right there’s a mechanical bull.

Wild Bill’s Western Store

Walk in a city slicker, and walk out a real-life cowboy. The neon-boot sign outside of Wild Bill’s signals frontier fashionistas that they’ve hit the mother lode. This store has been a Dallas institution for more than 40 years, thanks to its vast selection of custom-made cowboy boots, straw hats, silver belt buckles and bolo ties. But it’s not just the accessories that make the cowboy—the store also outfits its patrons in bold, button-up shirts with retro Western prints.

Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles

Stampede 66
If ever a restaurant was a love letter to the Wild West, this is it. Stampede 66 is like a temple to Texas cooking, and its dining room and menu are an homage to the Lone Star State’s pioneer past. Menu items like ranchero beans, served over an open flame, may conjure up images of a rancher’s campfire. But it’s the rawhide chairs, the abstract sculptures of charging stallions and the leather, belt-strap door handles that really show off this restaurant’s Texas Pride. Best of all, the kitchen is helmed by Stephan Pyles, a James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef accredited with reinventing Southwestern cuisine.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Neighboring Fort Worth may be a bit of a hike from Dallas, but the 45-minute drive is worth it if you want to soak up some authentic pioneer spirit. The Stockyards Historic District is a tribute to Texas’s cattle industry, and its streets look almost suspended in time, offering historical buildings, wooden corrals and more. You and your family can also step back in time and live out your Wild West fantasies at attractions like the Gunfighter Shootout, Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, a real rodeo and the twice daily Fort Worth Herd Longhorn Cattle Drive.

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Gilley’s 

If the name rings a bell, it may be because it was the setting for much of the movie Urban Cowboy. Although the original Gilley’s honky tonk burnt to the ground in 1990, it was reopened in 2003 as a massive entertainment venue decorated with saddle stools, neon signage, and other Wild West ephemera. Here, you can ride El Toro, the film’s original mechanical bull, or head to the onsite Jack Daniel’s Saloon to play pool, grab some grub and catch live country music.

The Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall 

In Dallas, LGBT travelers aren’t left out of the western revelry, thanks to this beloved bar. Known as the Home of Good Times and Good People, the Round-Up Saloon gives you a good indication of why Dallas is nicknamed Funkytown, offering karaoke nights, games of pool, dance lessons and, of course, plenty of dancing to country-western tunes—so start sharpening your line dancing, three-step and waltz moves.

Billy Bob’s Texas

Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards (see above), this honky tonk—the self-proclaimed world’s largest—has hosted the likes of Hank Williams Jr., Steppenwolf, ZZ Top, and countless country-music stars on its famous stage. Today, you can still enjoy some live music at Billy Bob’s, as well as stick-to-the-ribs Lone Star ‘cue (think meat dishes and lots of them) coupled with more original fare like quail sliders. But Billy Bob’s is also home to some of Texas’s most time-honored cowboy traditions, like line dancing and real bull riding (no mechanical bulls here).

Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive

Artist Robert Summers tipped his hat to the Lone Star State in a big way with his series of Texan sculptures located in Pioneer Plaza. It also might be one of the coolest pieces of cowboy-themed art ever. At the corner of Griffin and Young Street, near the Dallas Convention Center, visitors are treated to massive bronze sculptures of cattle in mid-stampede being rounded up by a cowboy on horseback. Yee haw, indeed!

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We all know the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. But in the travel industry, there are only three seasons that matter: peak, shoulder and off. Here’s why you should care.

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What’s the diff?

Peak season, or high season, is when a destination is the most popular. Peak season varies by destination, often depending on the weather. For instance, Eastertime is peak season for Florida because theme park-loving kids are on spring break and the weather is just hot enough, but not yet too miserable, for a frolic on the beach. On the flip side, the December holidays are prime time for Colorado; plenty of snow on the ski slopes, time off from work and school and the prospect of spending a cozy holiday around the fireplace make this Western state a popular choice in the winter months.

So that’s peak season. Off season, or low season, is just the opposite: the time of year when a destination sees the fewest tourists. And shoulder season is the transitional time between peak and off seasons.

Why is off season great for cheap traveling?

Three words: supply and demand. When demand drops, so do prices on everything from airfare to hotel rooms to attractions. Even food prices can decrease, with many cities holding restaurant weeks during the off-season.

Bonus: off season means fewer crowds, shorter lines, easier restaurant reservations and less stressed service people.

Why might traveling during off season not be a great idea?

For starters, the weather can get dicey. There’s a reason why folks don’t flock to the Caribbean during hurricane season. If you can’t resist a bargain but are concerned about Mother Nature wreaking havoc your trip, then consider buying traveler’s insurance. Also have a backup plan—say, a museum—for when it’s too yucky to go outside.

In addition, be prepared to miss out on some things. During off season, shops and restaurants may have limited hours, tours may operate on a modified schedule, and some businesses or events might shut down all together. If your must-do becomes a can’t-do, then ask a local for some off-the-beaten-path ideas for fun. And don’t be afraid to request a discount. 

So when’s the off season for some popular U.S. destinations? Here’s the scoop.

Atlanta: April and May. If you’ve got Georgia on your mind this time of year, then try to nab tickets for prestigious Masters Golf Tournament in April or one of the many music festivals happening in May.

Chicago: November to February. The Windy City lives up to its name during the colder months, but there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had. Take in the view from the top of the Willis Tower, explore the Art Institute of Chicago or catch a show at Lookingglass Theatre Company.

Dallas: February to April. Now’s the time for Dallas Blooms, a three-month extravaganza of color and scent at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. History buffs can also take advantage of smaller crowds at the Sixth Floor Museum inside the infamous Texas School Book Depository, site of the JFK assassination.

Denver: January to April. There should still be plenty of snow for the ski slopes. Or enjoy outside-the-box activities like the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in January or the giant March pow wow featuring Native American drummers, arts and crafts and more from across the country.

Las Vegas: June and July. Roll the dice on a hot Vegas vacation, with summertime events like the Brews and Blues Festival and World Series of Poker. If the steamy weather gets to be too much, you can always catch a show indoors.

Los Angeles: September and October. The weather’s always ripe for being out and about, so enjoy smaller crowds at popular attractions like the Getty Center and Universal Studios Hollywood, not to mention a bumper crop of arts festivals.

Miami: June to August. When the weather heats up, so do the deals in this sultry South Florida city. August and September are Miami Spice, two glorious months of restaurant deals and foodie-related events. Summer is also a great time to take advantage of beach hotel packages.

New York: January and February. You’ll always find plenty of tourists in the City that Never Sleeps, but after the ball drops in Times Square, things slow down a bit. Check out events that are somewhat under the radar to tourists, like the Three Kings Day Parade in early January or the New York Jewish Film Festival in February.

Orlando: July to September. As summer vacation winds down, the deals heat up in this theme park capital. Take advantage of restaurant deals during Magical Dining Month or drive to nearby Cocoa Beach while the crowds are away.

San Francsico: October to March. Not all California cities are created equal, weatherwise. With averages temperatures in the 50s and low 60s, it’s perfect football-watching weather for a 49ers game, cozy up on a blanket during the monthlong San Francisco Shakespeare Festival in September or join in the merriment of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March.

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All-you-can-eat buffets are American as apple pie (even better if they include actual pie). Whether you live in the United States or are just visiting, these over-the-top eateries will have you patting your belly saying, “God bless America.”

Studio B Buffet

In Las Vegas, everything’s a production—including mealtime at this “show kitchen buffet.” Graze on more than 200 appetizers, entrees and desserts, and watch the ubiquitous screens to see in-house chefs whipping up more before your very eyes. Wash it all down with a selection of free beer, wine, cappuccino, cordials and other beverages included in the cost of your meal (adult weekday lunch $16.99, dinner $23.99; more on weekends).

Lights... camera... eat! at Studio B. Credit  Anna Irene/Flickr.

Lights… camera… eat! at Studio B. Credit Anna Irene/Flickr.

Cedars Mediterranean Mezza and Grill

There’s no shortage of barbecue joints in the Lone Star State. But when health-conscious Dallas residents develop an appetite as big as—well, you know—they head for this fresh fare. The Vegetarian Feast ($10.85 lunch, $11.85 dinner and weekends) is an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of hummus, tabouli, pitas, imported cheeses and other meatless must-haves. The a-la-carte menu also includes plenty of beef kabobs, lamb gyros and other items to keep carnivores happy.

The Nordic

If you’re looking to splurge, this Charlestown, Rhode Island, seafood buffet is the place to do it. For $91 per person (less for kids), indulge in endless lobster, bacon-wrapped scallops, prime rib, jumbo shrimp and other delicacies. Also save room for the desserts, which are just as decadent: Haagen Dazs ice cream bar, chocolate-covered strawberries, and all the cheesecakes, pies and cannolis you can imagine.

Boma: Flavors of Africa

It’s easy to gripe about the prices at Walt Disney World, but this eatery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area, is one of the better deals. Breakfast ($20 adults, $12 kids) includes traditional American fare like omelets and pancakes jutaxposed with African-inspired offerings like turkey bobotie (a South African-style lasagna), African pastries and of course, Kenyan coffee. The dinner buffet ($38 adults, $18 kids) is equally international, with items like Tunisian couscous salad and Durban-style roasted chicken. (Picky eaters can always fall back on the mac and cheese.) The menu, combined with the colorful, marketplace-style decor, might just make you forget you’re in Orlando.

You don't need a passport to indulge at Boma: Flavors of Africa. Credit rickpilot_2000/Flickr.

You don’t need a passport to indulge at Boma: Flavors of Africa. Credit rickpilot_2000/Flickr.

Farmerbrown

This popular brunch spot brings a taste of the South to San Francisco. The weekend buffet ($25.95) offers comfort foods like chicken and waffles, biscuits with sausage gravy, cheesy grits, and pecan brownies. Diners watching their waistline can fill up on the buffet’s lighter fare, including house salad, fruit salad and succotash veggies.

Dig into some comfort food at Farmerbrown. Credit star5112/Flickr.

Dig into some comfort food at Farmerbrown. Credit star5112/Flickr.

Becco

Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich makes her Italian fare affordable to the masses at this institution on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row. The signature Sinfonia di Paste ($18.95 lunch or $23.95 dinner) includes unlimited table service of three daily pastas—think toasted beet and goat cheese ravioli with fresh mint, semolina gnocchi alla Romana or whatever else Executive Chef William Gallagher—plus your choice of Caesar salad or antipasto.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Here’s another option for “don’t get up, we’ll bring the food to you” dining. This Savannah, Georgia, eatery serves everything family-style. Strangers bond over never-ending platters of meat loaf, cornbread dressing, okra gumbo and other stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. As my friend who used to live in Savannah said, “Think Sunday dinner at grandma’s where she has more in the kitchen but it’s not all on the table.” The restaurant is open only for lunch ($20 for adults; half-price for kids), but the endless platters of food should keep you full well into the evening.

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Cheap tickets? Check. BBQ? Check. That’s right. CheapTickets has teamed up with BBQ guru Rick Browne to create a BBQ Travel site, so no matter where you are, you can find the barbecue that you love.

If you’re a barbecue fan, you already know that Dallas and Kansas City are known for their BBQ. But did you know that you can also find good BBQ in San Francisco and Orlando? Check out Rick’s picks, and book your cheap tickets to try it out.

Our BBQ Travel site also features big BBQ events and some of Rick’s special recipes. So you can travel well and eat well with CheapTickets and Rick Browne.

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By Heather Leisman

The latest Deal of the Day is in Dallas, a big destination for shopping, nightlife and BBQ.

This week, one of the Dallas hotels we’re spotlighting is the Warwick Melrose Hotel, a four-star property with oversized rooms, marble bathrooms and amazing views of the city. Right now you can save 40% off the hotel’s regular rates. I found rooms for $119 a night July 5-7.

And with the  CheapTickets Summer Sale, you can save an extra $50 on flight + hotel vacation packages of 3 nights or more. Just book your vacation by July 6 and travel by August 31.

Watch my video to learn more about what makes the Warwick Melrose Hotel our pick among Dallas hotels.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

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