It isn’t exactly high up on many people’s travel bucket list, but the growing popularity of Dallas as tourist destination has steadily increased over the past decade. One of the main reasons is due to the successful campaigns to bring some of sports’ biggest events (i.e. Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA All-Star Game) to the city. There’s also the constantly improving cultural landscape that is transforming much of the downtown area, as well as the annual state fair. Boutique hotels, art galleries and restaurants are popping up like wild flowers in many of its historic neighborhoods. Finally, Dallas’ return to the tourism conversation map could be credited to its booming local economy, thanks in part to investments from the technology sector and the Federal government. Should you find yourself heading to Dallas, whether it is for business or pleasure, take this Dallas city guide to help you navigate your way around one of country’s fastest growing cities.
Dallas City Guide: Travel Tips
Dallas City Guide: What to See?
- Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza– displays a comprehensive account of the events surrounding that fateful November day when JFK was assassinated as well as the literature surrounding the conspiracy theories of who was responsible
- Dallas Museum of Art– the city’s largest art museum with collections from different cultures around the world
- Perot Museum of Nature and Science– the latest addition to the Arts District focusing on scientific and natural histories
- George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum– contains a collection of documents and mementos that chronicle the tenure of George W. Bush as president
Dallas City Guide: What to Do?
- Take a tour of AT&T Stadium– home of the beloved Cowboys team and one of the largest, most eye-catching stadiums in professional sports
- Catch a football game– Dallas and its surrounding suburbs are home to nationally recognized teams: Trinity Trojans, TCU Horn Frogs, and the Dallas Cowboys just to start
- Outlet shopping– it’s a must with three major locations in the Dallas Fort Worth metro featuring hundreds of famous brand names
Dallas City Guide: Where to Eat?
- Pappas Brothers– one of the city’s best steakhouse for several years running; great atmosphere and wine list; very expensive
- Ascension– a local favorite located in Dallas’ Design District that offers high quality and fair trade roasted beans from around the world; it’s a perfect neighborhood hangout; it also offers a light lunch menu of sandwiches and finger snacks; inexpensive
- Maple and Motor– former gasoline station turned burger shack with tasty burgers and eccentric dining rules; inexpensive
- Pecan Lodge – hands down the best barbecue in Dallas; order the beef brisket or the eatery’s signature “Hot Mess,” a sweet potato slobbered with chopped brisket; there’s also the “Through,” a sampler of all meats in a plate designed for sharing; don’t miss the mac and cheese side and banana pudding for dessert; moderately expensive
- Uchi – a relative newcomer in the Dallas dining scene; no dress code despite being smack right in the middle of the Uptown neighborhood location; one of the best, if not the best happy hour ($6-8 small bites + $3 hot sake and $4 drafts); unique menu with ode to Dallas; very expensive
Dallas City Guide: Where to Stay in Dallas?
- Joule Hotel– an indulgence that is both classic and cool. The Joule has it all: prime location, award-winning restaurant (CBD Provisions) and a knockout cocktail salon (Midnight Rambler).
- The Magnolia Hotel – a boutique hotel right smack in the middle of downtown that offers great views, well designed rooms with modern amenities such as iPod docks televisions with streaming capabilities; it also comes with a lounge that rivals many of the nightlife options in downtown Main Street and nearby Deep Ellum; not to mention the free milk and cookies at reception that gives the hotel a homey touch.
- Hotel Indigo – this boutique hotel opts for a more whimsical feel, offering its guests with an ambiance much closer to a beach hotel than one right smack in the middle of the Southwest United States; expect to see rooms with bright-colored decors, nautical themes and amenities generally available for longer stays such as mini refrigerators and microwaves.
- Aloft Dallas Downtown – situated in one of Dallas’ historic buildings, modern efficiency is the best way to describe this hotel; with its loft-style feel, you’ll find that rooms make the most of every space available; they are also injected with color to compliment the brick accents and concrete ceilings; its outdoor pool, with its hip style and great views of the city is also a major draw
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