The Insider Guide to Dallas
They say everything is bigger in Texas – and the Big D is certainly no exception. But it’s not just cowboys, barbecue, and airports, Dallas is also home to big sports teams, opulent hotels, shiny skyscrapers, and world-class museums.
The Main Attractions
Famous for its sparkly skyline, major league sports teams, and perma-busy airport, Dallas deserves more than just a quick stopover. Part of the sweeping Dallas Fort Worth area, this modern metropolis is Texas glitz and glam personified – with a cowboy-esque twist, of course. While Dallas’ history dates back to the mid 19th century when the construction of the railroads made it a booming hotbed of activity, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 really cemented its place on the map. Still a popular reason to visit, stop off on Dealey Plaza to see the infamous Grassy Knoll and the former Texas School Book Depository Building – now home to the Sixth Floor Museum. If politics is your thing, then you can also pay a visit to the George Bush Presidential Library, where the former US president has established his own legacy. The city’s sights are scattered far and wide – and cover all bases. Sports fans will want to catch a game or take a trip to AT&T Stadium – home of the Dallas Cowboys. Arts and culture lovers can head to Dallas Arts District, visit the Dallas Museum of Art, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and swing by Pioneer Plaza to see the huge sculpture commemorating the Shawnee Trail cattle drives – complete with bronze steers and a waterfall. If you prefer your art to be a little more wild and free, swing by Bishops Art District, Lower Greenville, or the city’s historic music hub, Deep Ellum, to marvel at street art, grab a snack, and delve into Dallas’ famous nightlife. A little ways east, the Dallas Arboretum is also well worth the trip, with gorgeous gardens, fountains and epic vistas of the Dallas skyline over White Rock Lake. If views are your thing, try find a good spot to see the city illuminated against the night sky – it never fails to impress. And, on that note, check out the two neon Dallas Pegasus’ – the OG – who has watched over the city since 1934 - and its newer brother. Keep reading to find out more!