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Dr. Lee

A billion-dollar football stadium that offers on-field tours. A real-life cattle ride. A chance to honor the country’s last assassinated president. And don’t overlook the museums, art galleries, and restaurants.

Hospitalists from across the country will have the opportunity to experience all of it during HM11 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, situated between Dallas and Fort Worth.

“I think it’s a nice blend of both sides,” says Ben Lee, MD, a hospitalist at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern. “You can get the modern amenities, but you also have a capturing of, ‘Hey, this is stuff that’s occurred in the past that’s still available.’ ”

For the sports-minded, Dallas is a veritable Mecca. Cowboys Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XV in February, offers VIP and self-guided tours. For more information, call 800-745-3000. The Texas Rangers baseball team will be playing at home in Arlington the week of HM11, while NBA fans might be able to catch a Dallas Mavericks playoff game. The same could be true of the NHL’s Dallas Stars.

The art-minded and culturists should not fret, though. Dallas offers both the eponymous Dallas Museum of Art and the outdoor Nasher Sculpture Center. Meanwhile, Fort Worth offers the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth and a half-dozen other arts institutions in its downtown cultural district.

History buffs can try the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, a nod to Texas’ frontier history that includes twice-daily cattle drives, or the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to learn about the assassination of President Kennedy.

When you’re hungry, steak and Tex-Mex are the specialties. If you aren’t able to leave the Gaylord, try the Old Hickory Steakhouse (just make sure to reserve a table early). Away from the hotel, look for local Tex-Mex chains like Uncle Julio’s or Gloria’s.

One last tip, if we may. “I would definitely rent a car,” Dr. Lee says. “Texas is wide open.” HM11

Richard Quinn is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.

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