Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Destination Location

Overview

The ninth-largest city in the United States and number one visitor and leisure destination in the state of Texas, Dallas has undergone a complete transformation since its 10-gallon hat and cattle-drive beginnings. Today, this ultra-modern, sophisticated city is home to the world's third busiest airport, attracting visitors from around the world.

Here, history and southern charm intersect with modern attractions and amenities. In the southwest, you'll enjoy fabulous shopping, including the world-renowned NorthPark Centre mall, luxury hotels and more than 8,000 restaurants. This region is also home to the largest urban arts district in the U.S.

Don't have a car? No problem. Getting around this bustling city is easy. You can catch a ride on one of the fastest-growing light rail systems in the state or enjoy the free McKinney Avenue Trolley, which takes you from the Dallas Arts District throughout the Uptown area to restaurants, pubs, boutique hotels and shops.

Within city limits, you'll find numerous family-friendly attractions, such as Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Heritage Village and the Dallas Zoo. A half hour's drive west of the city will take you to Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor. But the fun doesn't stop there.

Sports fans, prepare yourselves. Dallas is home to five professional sports teams, including the city's National Football League team, the Dallas Cowboys. Covering 73 acres in total, with two massive big screens, the new Cowboy Stadium is large enough to fit the entire Statue of Liberty inside.

Dallas is also a hot spot for golf. Named one of the 65 "Golfiest Places in America" by Golf Magazine, golf enthusiasts will love the many championship and novelty courses found here. For a unique experience, book a tee time at Tour 18 Dallas – a course featuring near-exact replicas of 18 holes from 16 world-famous golf courses. Have you always wanted to play the 14th hole at Pebble Beach? How about Amen Corner at Augusta National? At Tour 18 Dallas, you can! In fact, you can do just about everything in this city of year-round sun.

And just when you thought there couldn't possible be more, there's the streets filled with theatres, galleries and art as well as top-notch cuisine by some of the world's top chefs.

 

Airport served by: Dallas Fort Worth, TX (DFW)

Destination basics

With an average annual high of 24 C and low of 13 C, Dallas is a great place to visit all year round. Sun worshippers will love Dallas weather in the summertime, with average temperatures in July and August reaching around the 35 C mark! Temperatures as high as 18 C are also common during sunny winter days, making most outdoor activities accessible 12 months a year.

During the spring, cold fronts travelling south from Canada can cause thunderstorms over the Dallas region, many with hail, strong winds and plenty of lightning. Located at the lower edge of "Tornado Alley," Dallas also occasionally experiences tornado activity. Check the forecast before you travel and be sure to pack your rain gear and umbrella for trips in winter and spring.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Dallas is home to more than a million people, with more moving here every day. The ninth largest city in the United States, Dallas is known as the Southwest's leading business and financial center and as the number one visitor destination in Texas. Big business is a big deal in this city, evident in the increasing number of companies that relocate to Dallas each year. With more shopping centers per capita than any other major city nationwide and four times more restaurants per person than New York City, Dallas is the place to be whether you're doing business, shopping, eating or touring the sites.

Downtown Dallas
Since its inception as a small trading post in 1841, Dallas has grown to include a vast array of hotels, shops, restaurants and other businesses, all the while speckled with historic buildings and museums, too. An area at the north end of downtown, deemed the Dallas Arts District, includes the Dallas Museum of Art and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, whose center stage is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and an array of other performers throughout the year. For upscale shopping, peruse the Plaza of the Americas, where a 15-story atrium complete with palm trees surrounds the shopping area.

West End
Formerly a warehouse district, the West End MarketPlace is known today for its entertainment offerings and unique shopping venues, as well as for its street entertainers, outdoor ice-skating rink and vintage street lights. The upscale Hotel Adolphus, built in 1912, offers you a stay surrounded by elegance, evident in the fine lobby and luxurious guest rooms. A variety of eateries and nightclubs make this district one of the liveliest places to be on Friday and Saturday nights. The Palm features a Texas-style menu with a touch of class, while Y.O. Ranch is well known for its Tex-Mex cuisine. The West End is also an excellent place to experience Texas History—visit Dealey Plaza, Old Red Courthouse and the Sixth Floor Museum.

Deep Ellum
Head three blocks east of downtown and you're at the "deep end of Elm Street," where turn-of-the-century African-American life and culture used to thrive with great blues and jazz artists. Today, the district's sassy shops, eclectic restaurants and loft apartments form the cornerstone of a unique experience. Clubs in Deep Ellum feature the most current music from folk, blues and jazz to reggae, alternative and rock. Visit one of the oldest clubs in Deep Ellum, Club Dada, where you'll always find a variety of music in the mix, or Trees, which attracts locals and business travelers alike with its cutting-edge live rock.

McKinney Avenue/Uptown
Heading north from downtown, you'll find yourself atop the red brick streets of McKinney Avenue, which is lined with fine restaurants and antique shops, many housed in renovated historic homes. Connect to downtown via the volunteer-operated McKinney Avenue Trolley, which consists of restored streetcars dating as far back as 1906 and is dedicated to preserving the history of electric railways. The area's four-star boutique-style Hotel St. Germain is tucked amidst the busy city, providing an oasis for business travelers.

Greenville Avenue
The region south of Mockingbird Lane is known as Lower Greenville Avenue popular with Southern Methodist University students and one of the oldest entertainment districts in Dallas. As you head north of Mockingbird Lane to Upper Greenville Avenue, things get newer and more commercial, and you will find both casual and elegant establishments as well as cutting-edge nightlife. If you're in the mood for romance, try The Grape, where you can always find something new, as the menu changes bimonthly. Multicultural restaurants abound in Greenville, as do antique shops and neighborhood pubs.

North Dallas
If Texas is known for doing things big, then North Dallas is a prime example, as it is home to big houses, big shopping centers and some of the finest stores, boutiques and restaurants in the area. As Dallas continues to grow, more residents are heading north into the suburbs of Plano, Richardson and Frisco, one of the nation's fastest-growing cities.

With more square footage of shopping than Los Angeles or New York, you're likely to run out of money before you run out of places to shop in Texas. Visit Stonebriar Center in Frisco, where you'll find more than just shopping—this entertainment center also houses a 24-screen movie theater and plenty of quality restaurants.

In Plano, the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a quiet respite with native Texas trees, the perfect locale for an afternoon family picnic. For antique shops and artsy places in general, take a day trip to Historic Downtown Plano, where you'll find red brick streets lined with antique malls, specialty gift shops, boutiques and fine eateries.

Irving/Las Colinas
Whether you're in town for one day or one week, Irving serves as an excellent location minutes from DFW International Airport, centrally poised between Dallas and Fort Worth. This carefree community, named after American author Washington Irving, offers convenient access to numerous shopping venues, restaurants and theaters—all the best the Dallas Metroplex has to offer. Recreation thrives at The Movie Studios at Las Colinas, home to major motion picture, television and commercial productions. Visit the Mustangs of Las Colinas, nine larger-than-life bronze mustangs and the largest equestrian sculpture in the world.

There is more to Dallas than just big business, fine dining and fashionable shopping. The city's museums cover areas of interest ranging from art, history and nature to science, technology and religion. Its zoo, parks, lakes, gardens and trails offer a direct contrast to the steel, glass and concrete that make up such a large part of the city. Dallas is committed to preserving its precious natural characteristics. Whether you are a sports spectator or an active participant, you can enjoy everything from football, hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer and rugby to golf, tennis, cycling, running, skating and horseback riding. Live theater, music, dance and comedy performances take place nightly in both large and small venues.

Museums
Dallas Museum of Art's permanent collections span from ancient to contemporary periods and include works from Europe, Africa and Asia. The galleries boast an impressive array of modern art as well. Traveling exhibits frequently complement the permanent collections and have previously featured works by Picasso, O'Keefe and Degas. The Meadows Museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, has one of the world's finest collections of Spanish art outside of Madrid.

Family Friendly
The Dallas area has several facilities designed especially for the young at heart—regardless of age—which have something to offer families whether they live in the city or are just visiting. The Museum of Nature and Science is a fascinating, hands-on display of feats of science that delights children young and old. Kids will utilize their senses of touch, sight, smell and hearing at the museum's hundreds of hands-on exhibits. In Arlington, you can visit the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum with a Children's Learning Center that hosts interactive exhibits teaching how baseball relates to other aspects of life. There is even a special learning and play place for children younger than five, called the Dugout. Several theaters just for children can also be found throughout the Metroplex including Casa Manana in Fort Worth and the Dallas Puppet Theater in Valley View Center. In addition, The Dallas Children's Theater offers plays especially for youngsters year-round.

Dallas has several venues that will fascinate animal enthusiasts including the Dallas Zoo, with its more than 2,000 animals from various locales around the world, and the Dallas World Aquarium & Zoological Gardens, which is located in the West End. Privately owned by Daryl Richardson, a man who wanted simply to share his love of watching marine life, this aquarium features a 20,000-gallon tunnel tank, where you can view marine life from far and wide. Several huge tanks and 80,000 gallons of salt water house sharks, jellyfish and stingrays while hundreds of reef fish occupy coral reef ecosystems. Two unique exhibits are the Australian Great Barrier Reef display and the tropical rainforest, a huge, glass-enclosed monstrosity.

Historic Dallas
If you're interested in experiencing a little Texas history, visit the Old Red Courthouse, built in Romanesque Revival style out of Pecos red sandstone and Texas red granite around 1890. It's now the historic seat for the Dallas County government and one of Dallas' oldest remaining buildings. Dealey Plaza was named after the founder of the Dallas Morning News, George Dealey, but it's better known as the location where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Dallas also boasts one of the finest turn-of-the-century neighborhoods in the Southwest, the Swiss Avenue Historic District. Located two miles northeast of Downtown Dallas, this 22-block area is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The site, with its 200 carefully restored and preserved homes, was originally named by a Swiss immigrant and demonstrates both English Tudor and Mediterranean architectural styles.

Outdoors
Nature lovers are never far away from nature itself in Dallas. White Rock Lake, located in East Dallas, is a park-like haven offering fishing, sailing, picnicking and playgrounds. Both runners and bikers enjoy the picturesque nine-plus-mile trail that winds around the lake. Nature enthusiasts love to explore the Cedar Ridge Preserve's 640-acre wilderness and prairie preserve, with its more than seven miles of hiking trails. The visitor center provides details about its extensive nature programs. Old City Park in Downtown is a full-scale replica of a late 19th/early 20th-century Victorian-style village situated on 13 beautifully landscaped acres. The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden showcases breathtaking horticultural designs with blooming gardens, massive trees and lush lawns that overlook White Rock Lake.

Theater & Music
Theater is alive and well in Dallas' diverse arts world. The Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas is a restored 1920s-era theater that offers concerts, plays and comedy acts year-round. Theatre Three and the Dallas Theater Center are excellent venues for the many genres of plays that entertain theater lovers regularly. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is renowned for both its architectural beauty and its outstanding acoustics, which complement the talents of the orchestras, symphonies and other performers who utilize the space. Lest we forget, Dallas' many entertainment districts offer live music of every imaginable type. Numerous clubs offer nightly performances with something for everyone, from country and rock 'n' roll to blues, jazz and grunge.

Sports
Since Dallas is home to a number of professional sports teams - the Dallas Cowboys football team, Texas Rangers baseball team, Dallas Mavericks basketball team, and the Dallas Stars hockey team - there is always a sporting event here to enjoy.

The city also offers professional rodeos, horse racing and car racing for those seeking a more rugged type of entertainment. Golf courses and tennis courts are also scattered throughout the town, and true to the city's roots, you can still find places to horseback ride.

Dallas' diverse population is reflected in more than 10,000 restaurants, four times more per capita than New York City. Dallas is an ethnic melting pot offering authentic dining from around the world—the possibilities here are virtually endless. If variety is the spice of life, then the Dallas restaurant scene is on fire.

Chicken-fried steak is listed on many menus as "CFS"; it's a Texas tradition and practically a food group of its own. Traditionally, this dish is known as a way to prepare a tough cut of beef by beating it to tenderness, batter-coating it, frying it in the same way as chicken and serving it with cream gravy made from pan drippings. Some high-class chefs prefer to make the dish with sirloin (though most of the time it is made with round steak) and everyone has his or her own secret recipe, each claiming it to be the best.

West End
It may be hard to believe that Dallas was never really a cattle-drive kind of city given its plethora of steakhouses. Within the West End's multi-block radius lie Palm (The), which serves some of the most superb beef this side of the Mississippi. Numerous chain restaurants also have establishments here, including Outback, both offering traditional Texas favorites in a casual atmosphere.

North Dallas
Some of the best upscale steakhouses are located in Addison/North Dallas, including Morton's of Chicago. Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House, located on Belt Line Road in Addison, is named for chef/owner Richard Chamberlain, whose passion for fine cooking has led him to such prestigious culinary positions as Executive Sous Chef at the highly acclaimed Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and the renowned Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. The menu features various steak options as well as veal, chicken, pork and seafood entrees that are equally well prepared.

Deep Ellum
Deep Ellum offers a range of eclectic dining options. There is something from everyone as the enormous variety of cuisines range from sushi to Tex-Mex and everything in between. Deep Sushi is perfect for those with a penchant for raw fish. If you're looking for a relaxed place to eat with those great American creations, The Angry Dog provides burgers, hot dogs and beer in a casual atmosphere, while Baker's Ribs has delectable barbeque.

Greenville Avenue
Greenville Avenue also offers an eclectic mix of dining options. Blue Goose Cantina's's margaritas and Mexican food choices draw crowds daily. Snuffer's has world-class cheese fries and burgers and St Martin's Restaurant is cozy and romantic. Terilli's is popular for Italian and jazz. Finally, Cafe Izmir offers a unique dining experience on Greenville Avenue.

Uptown
Meanwhile, dining in Uptown runs from ultra-classy to down-home and casual. Old Warsaw (The), built in 1948, and Hotel St. Germain offer old-world dining elegance. Avanti Ristorante offers tantalizing Italian food plus a moonlight breakfast with live jazz from midnight to 4a Th-Sa. Bread Winners Bakery and Cafe is another great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Rounding out the Uptown area's highlights is the Dream Cafe, a place dedicated to delicious, wholesome and organic dishes.

Knox/Henderson
While in the Knox/Henderson area, choose from the Highland Park Pharmacy's lunch counter for grilled cheese and Cafe Madrid for tapas.

Irving
Irving also has a lot of variety to offer, both to business travelers and families. Ruen Thai's original recipes are mouth-watering good. Jinbeh allows you to choose between Japanese Hibachi cooking and sushi; and Via Real provides upscale Tex-Mex cuisine. Finally, Cool River Cafe draws crowds as much for its people-watching as it does for its steak and seafood.

Dallas

State: Texas

Country: United States of America

Dallas by the Numbers 
Population: 1,300,000 (city); 7,200,000 (metropolitan)
Elevation: 430 feet / 131 meters
Average Annual Precipitation: 41 inches / 104 centimeters
Average Annual Snowfall: 1 inch / 2.5 centimeters
Average January Temperature: 44°F / 6.7°C
Average July Temperature: 83°F / 28.3°C

Quick Facts

Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs

Time Zone: GMT-6; Central Standard Time (CST)

Country Dialing Code: 1

Area Codes: 214; 469; 972; 682; 817

Did You Know?

The frozen margarita and the chicken fajita were invented in Dallas.

Orientation  

Dallas is located in the northeastern portion of the state of Texas and is only 30 miles (48 kilometers) east from Fort Worth, TX. Dallas is about 195 miles (314 kilometers) from Austin, TX and 240 miles (386 kilometers) from Houston, TX.

Dallas may have a shorter history than some of the nation's older settlements, but it is likely a more colorful one than most.

It began to take shape during the mid-17th and 18th centuries, when French and Spanish explorers moved in on the land where Native Americans, mainly Comanche, had lived for generations. From the dusty prairies these people found when they arrived would eventually emerge booming frontier towns.

A turning point came in 1841, when a man named John Neely Bryan came up with a vision to take a dusty river crossing and turn it into a thriving inland port by the name of Dallas. He left behind his native Tennessee, laid claim to over 600 acres and built his one-room cabin, which stood as a beacon on that lone prairie, much like a lighthouse on the ocean's edge, calling others to a new home.

Unfortunately, Bryan's dream of navigating the Trinity River from Dallas to the Gulf of Mexico for trade purposes ran aground. Nearly 30 years later, in 1868, a steamboat reached Dallas from Galveston; however, since the voyage took more than a year, there was little cause for celebration. And, for that matter, few people to celebrate with, for Bryan's dream of a thriving settlement languished until after the Civil War.

It was John Neely Bryan who first planted the seeds of Dallas' "can do" spirit. He never gave up on his dream, and in 1872—through the sheer force of his tenacious personality, along with a few opportune gifts—the Texas Central Railroad diverted its tracks to Dallas. In 1873, the Texas Pacific Railroad arrived, and a railhead was born, with the town's population increasing to 6,000. By this time, Dallas was well on its way to becoming the thriving inland port of Bryan's dream.

The early 1900s brought tremendous growth to Dallas. First, the city became a regional banking center for North Texas cotton farmers, who made up one of the world's largest inland cotton markets. Many insurance companies arrived and established their headquarters in Dallas, enhancing the city's position in the financial world. Neiman Marcus built its landmark store downtown in 1907, bringing fashion and elegance to the growing metropolis.

Although oil was the real catalyst for Dallas' wealth and prestige, Dallas has never had an actual working oil well in the county. However, the city's role as the financial and technical hub for the black gold's drilling industry paved the way for real estate development, cattle, healthcare, commerce and industry to make their way to Dallas. At this point, city officials realized the need for a major university, and in 1911, the Methodists voted to establish a university in Dallas. The city offered them $300,000 and 666.5 acres of land on which to build the campus, and in 1915, Southern Methodist University opened its doors. Shortly after, World War I began and Dallas became a key player in the nation's aviation efforts. Love Field was established as an aviation training ground, and Fair Park was used as another training facility. In 1927, Dallas bought Love Field for use as a municipal airport. The Great Depression brought many more obstacles for the emerging city. More than 18,000 people became unemployed, and the city began a work-for-food program. Due to the discovery of oil, Dallas did not experience the severity of the Depression in the way that many of the nation's cities did. Many businesses continued on as usual, regardless of the fact that banks were closing. C.M. "Dad" Joiner struck oil just 100 miles east of Dallas in 1930 and with that find came the development of the East Texas Oil Field, the largest petroleum deposit in the world during this time. With Dallas already beginning to thrive, the city became the center of business for the nearby oil fields. Many local citizens became millionaires, and the city reaped the benefits of this newly acquired affluence. Bryan's "can do" spirit continued to spread like wildfire, and it infused the hearts and minds of other pioneers who were instrumental in bringing Dallas the Federal Reserve Bank. Soon after, the State of Texas chose Dallas as the site for the Texas Centennial Exposition, as well as the State Fair of Texas. 50 buildings were built in Fair Park, and 10 million visitors participated in the $25 million event. With the addition of the DFW International Airport in 1974, the city grew to exceed Bryan's expectations.

Stepping back in history for a moment, November 22, 1963 brought a turning point in terms of both Dallas' and the nation's history. As thousands watched, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a motorcade through downtown Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder, only to be killed two days later by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Dallas grieved and eventually moved on, but it never forgot that day. The Kennedy Memorial was created in 1970, and in 1989 the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza opened in honor of the fallen president.

Meanwhile, Dallas continued to gain state and national attention, and by 1960, Dallas was home to two professional football teams. The Dallas Cowboys earned the name "America's Team," experiencing great success and popularity. From then, the ball continued to roll: The Texas Rangers brought baseball to Dallas in 1972, the Dallas Mavericks brought basketball in 1980, the Sidekicks brought indoor soccer in 1984 and the Dallas Stars brought professional hockey in 1993. Today, Dallas is known as the banking center of the Southwest and is one of the largest cities in Texas. It is home to international corporations and is a well-known commercial center and major convention city. Amidst the city's changes, John Neely Bryan's one-room cabin now stands in the shadow of towering buildings in the heart of downtown Dallas, and it continues to be a beacon calling entrepreneurs and adventurous spirits home.

A leading destination for business and leisure travellers, Dallas is packed with activities perfect for a daytrip or just a night out. Those travelling with families will enjoy local attractions like the Dallas Zoo and leading amusement parks such as the nearby Six Flags Over Texas.

For business travellers, Dallas has thousands of restaurants (from sushi to Mexican to fine dining), numerous five-diamond luxury hotels and plenty of nightspots to pass the wee hours by. In fact, Dallas is just as much a business vacationer's playground as it is a leisure traveller's delight.

Dallas also offers plenty of old school charm, entertaining visitors with its Pioneer Plaza, Heritage Village and honkey tonk charm.

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