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Flights to Dallas-Fort Worth with a touch of Iceland

Don't get too distracted seeking out fun Texan stereotypes in Dallas and Fort Worth, or you'll miss some surprises. The clichés are here (cowboys, BBQ and more), but look beyond them for big-city treats like Dallas' ace Arts District, sparkling skyline, and fine dining.

Icelandair offers cheap flights to Dallas-Fort Worth from Europe and the UK for the chance to seek answers to a few questions. Is everything bigger in Texas? (Answer: yes.) Who would mess with Texas? Who shot 1980s TV legend JR?

Before you measure the certified bigness of Texas, care to explore a tiny but cool Nordic capital? If you book flights to Dallas-Fort Worth with Icelandair, you can add a stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.

Dallas-Fort Worth

United States of America
Population: 7.1 million (2015)Area: 3644 sq kmTransportation: The downtown areas and tourist neighbourhoods of both Dallas and Fort Worth are walkable, but the car is king in Texas. The DART operates buses, railways and streetcars in Dallas; the T provides similar services in Fort Worth. The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) takes an hour to connect Dallas' Union Station with Fort Worth. The train stops at CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, and a shuttle bus connects passengers to DFW airport.Currency: US dollarTrendy Neighborhoods: Dallas: Bishop Arts District – Deep Ellum – Downtown – Greenville Avenue – Knox-Henderson – Fort Worth: Downtown – Near Southside – West Seventh Street District – Museum District

Presidents' legacies, longhorns and more

The sites associated with the assassination of President John F Kennedy in 1963 are among Dallas' most-visited attractions. The standout is the Sixth Floor Museum, inside the old Texas School Book Depository (from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired those shots - or did he?). It pays moving tribute to JFK, as does nearby Dealey Plaza and the fateful grassy knoll.

More presidential gravitas: the George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum honors another power player in recent US history. Then you can hang with cowboys in Forth Worth, sports fans in Arlington, nature-seekers at the Botanical Gardens, and culture vultures at the theaters, museums and sculpture-dotted parks of the Arts District. For a quintessential Texas photo op, pose among the longhorn cattle cast in bronze at Pioneer Plaza.

BBQ feasts and down-home flavor

Tuck into a favorite Texan dish, chicken-fried steak. It's a tenderized piece of beef coated in batter and fried, then served drenched in gravy. If your taste buds aren't tingling at that description, fear not - other culinary highlights include awesome Tex-Mex, mustard-drizzled corn dogs, top-shelf steaks, fine pecan pie, and the state's pride and joy: BBQ (meat that's slow-cooked and smoked over wood).

Dallas' best foodie neighborhoods: Deep Ellum (yes, that's Elm with a Texan accent) and Lower Greenville. The city has a stellar dining scene covering all tastes and budgets, but we recommend a truly Texan night out in Fort Worth's Sundance Square at Billy Bob's, a huge honky-tonk that houses dozens of bars, concerts, line dancing and bull riding to please all wannabe cowboys and cowgirls.

Fort Worth's fortunes

In all the hype surrounding Dallas, it’s easy for non-Texans to overlook Fort Worth – which is a guaranteed way to rile a Fort Worthian. It’s overshadowed by Texas metropolises like Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, but Fort Worth is a big city in its own right, with a population of over 850,000. And it’s known as Cowtown for a reason – beef and cattle are big business here, and have been for generations. This is the place to find a true taste of Texas, from bona fide cowboys and cowgirls to the saloons, steakhouses and rodeo of the Stockyards District. Once the Cowtown clichés have been explored, dig a little deeper to uncover some non-livestock charms, like a top-class zoo, botanic gardens and excellent art collections.