4. Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport
“It gets cold in Texas” should be about as surprising a revelation as “There are cowboys in Texas”. Yeah, it gets cold. Hell, it evens snows occasionally -- just ask Leon Lett. And since everything is bigger here, so are the flight delays -- placing DFW solidly at #4.
Eats: The best restaurants are all in Terminal D, so if you’re NOT in Terminal D, slowly kill some time while getting there on the Skylink. Once you arrive, Cantina Laredo is probably your best move. You might also want to try Reata Grill. Over in Terminal C, and despite the protests of furry blue Muppets everywhere, the C clearly stands for Cereal because it’s where you'll find an actual custom cereal mixing bar called Cereality. Possibly the coolest airport breakfast in the world. Outside security, you can hit the M Lounge at the Grand Hyatt for cool cocktails and small plates.
Drinks: To catch a game, look no further than the Texas Stadium Sky Box in Terminals A, B, and C, even if they haven't yet been renamed for the new stadium. The spiffy new Terminal D houses the Blue Mesa Taco and Tequila Bar -- which has a little more of the Tex-Mex you’d expect outta Dallas. Finally, the Tigin Irish Pub offers exactly the kind of Irish food you'd expect from Dallas.
(VERY) Last minute gifts: The Dallas Cowboys Team Shop in Terminals A, D, and E will probably let you get the team logo tattooed on your child's face if you pay them enough. If Children's Services already has their eye on you, roll instead with some Cowboys bottled water, or tailgate covers, or pajama jeans. If you’d like to look for some clothing that does NOT have a giant lone star on it… GIT OUTTA TEXAS!!!! Or head to Brooks Brothers in Terminals C, D, and E.
Still bored?: Though not as hip-hopperiffic-sounding as “The Club at ATL,” The Club at DFW’s got the same showers, drinks, and crazy snack nut bowls as its Atlanta counterpart -- and for the same $35. Terminal D also hosts a sculpture garden, which is a nice place to relax (that’s not quite as sissy-sounding as SFO’s “meditation room"). Just outside is the airport's Founders Plaza, where you can listen to air traffic control while looking through telescopes, learn the history of DFW, or just keep thinking to yourself “Man, it gets COLD in Texas??” If all that excitement leaves you tuckered, take a nap at the Minute Suites in Terminal D. Or shower. Or do whatever else you’d otherwise do in a hotel room the size of your closet. Alternatively, check out these free places to sleep if you're grounded and cash-poor.
Escape: DART connects to DFW via the 500 bus, which you can catch at Terminal A and take to the Belt Line station. There, take the Orange Line train into downtown Dallas.