Everything is Big Here
Dallas is one of the largest cities in Texas, and the entry point to the North Texas region. As the unofficial capital of the Metroplex – the metropolitan area that includes Dallas – Fort Worth – is a place where Texas culture mixes with a global flavor.
Most think of JR Ewing, or cowboy hats and boots when they talk about Dallas, and there a lot more to Big D. From the Sith Floor Museum, to the Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleaders, global cuisine, world class art museums and a an attractive metropolitan area for companies like Toyota, Kubota Tractor and Trend Micro who have recently relocated their headquarters to Dallas.
NorthTexas and the Real Gateway to the West, with more than 7.2 million Texans welcoming to the Lone Star State. It is not just Dallas and Fort Worth, but 13 counties, hundreds of large and small cities to charm you. It is a place that we call home.
Flying to Dallas
DFW International Airport
Distance to Downtown: 22.3 miles
Love Field Airport (DAL)
Distance to Downtown: 7.8 miles
What makes Dallas Unique - Can't-Miss Attractions
There are great attractions in the Dallas area – museums, amusement parks, lakes, sporting and concert venues, and amazing shopping. Top it all with great cuisine, including barbecue and food from all over the world.
The Sixth Floor Museum, highlighting President John F. Kennedy’s life, assassination and the investigation of the incident, is the most visited museum in the area. Located in the West End of Downtown Dallas, it is a must see. For art lovers, The Dallas Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth house a vast collection of spanning from the early civilizations to current artist. Other great museums to visit include: The Perot Museum of Natural Science (great for kids and families), African American Museum of Dallas Fair Park, Nasher Sculpture Center, Frontiers of Flight Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Meadows Museum, National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
For the kid in all of us, there are several great amusement parks. The original Six Flags is located in Arlington, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor across the highway. Other great places for families include Legoland at Grapevine Mills, the Klyde Warren Park in Downtown Dallas, Dallas Botanical Gardens, The Dallas Zoo and The Fort Worth Zoo .
If you like fishing and boating, there are several lakes in town to enjoy. White Rock Lake, just a few minutes from Downtown Dallas, is a perfect place to get away from the urban side of Dallas, and enjoy a great hike around the 9 mile trails. Lake Lewisville is about 30 north of Downton, is great for boating and fishing. If you want to get a bit lost in nature, drive about an hour north to Lake Texoma.
Sports is almost a religious experience in Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys, the world’s most famous sports franchises, call the AT&T Stadium in Arlington their home stadium. In Frisco, the Dallas Cowboys practice at the The Star in Frisco, a world-class training facility and stadium that also hosts other events and high school football. The Dallas Mavercks and the Dallas Stars play at the American Airlines Center in Downtown Dallas. This venue hosts more than 250 events a year, so you are likely to have some type of concert or game available during your stay. FC Dallas calls Toyota Stadium their home turf. Located about 40 north of downtown Dallas, this soccer team has a strong fanbase all of Texas. If you like NASCAR, then you are in luck! The Texas Motor Speedway hosts two major NASCAR events and other car races year round.
From the first indoor mall ever (North Park Mall) to local crafts, there are plenty of shopping opportunities in DFW. In Fort Worth, you can visit Hullen, Ridgmar and North East malls. Additional areas to shop in the Dallas-area are Galleria, Willow Bend, and Highland Park Village.
If you want the Cowboy experience, head over to the Fort Worth Stock yards. You can be part of a daily cattle drive, shop for some amazing cowboy boots and hats, sit down to some great barbecue or Mexican food, and listen to a local country band at the White Elephant Saloon.
Dallas Weather - Plan to Be Surprised
Locals like to say Texas has four seasons: drought, flood, blizzard, and twister. They’re not far from wrong – Texas weather is notoriously fickle and can change its mind at the drop of a hat. When traveling to Dallas, be sure to check the weather forecast before you pack.
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Dallas Restaurants - Food so good you'll have bragging rights
Pecan Lodge Barbecue
Smoked meats, sausage, more smoked meats. and a line before the restaurant opens. This Deep Elum restaurant is a mecca for barbecue lovers.
Lonesome Dove Bistro
Located in Fort Worth's Stock Yards, this is Chef Time Love's flagship restaurant. Try the wild boar ribs, the Texas red chili, sweet potato-caramelized onion chile relleno and anything else on their menu. http://lonesomedovefortworth.com/
Joe T. Garcia's
The have a few things in the menu, but locals come here either for the Family Style Dinner, the Fajitas and the chips and salsa. Oh, and the Margaritas. Get here early, the place fills up fast on the weekends and holidays. www.joets.com
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