If you think that all Dallas has to offer is a corral of cowboys, think again. "Live Large. Think Big," is Dallas' new slogan, and it describes the essence and vitality of a city built on big dreams, freshly blazed trails, and an attitude that all things are possible. Dallas combines a unique blend of Southwestern warmth, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. This richly diverse city offers a thriving culinary scene, leading arts district, countless luxury accommodations, professional sports, trendy entertainment districts, and endless shopping opportunities.
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Museums and Art
In recent years, this metropolitan hot spot has become an inviting showcase of first-rate paintings, sculpture, and architecture. For the sophisticated taste, the Dallas Museum of Art boasts an extraordinary collection of works by impressionists and other European painters, as well as the most extensive collection of African art in the US. Fans of architecture who visit Fair Park (about a 15-minute drive from the arts district) will find an impressive collection of buildings and a most comprehensive collection of Art Deco pieces. Besides the beautiful architecture, Fair Park boasts eight museums including the Museum of Nature and Science, The Women’s Museum, and the African American Museum. In the mood for a touch of the Great White Way? The Music Hall at Fair Park hosts the Dallas Summer Musicals with some of the best Broadway has to offer. The outdoor Shakespeare Festival of Dallas presents the Bard’s plays under the summer stars. If you’re in need of some fresh air, enjoy the Nasher Sculpture Garden at the base of the statuesque Trammell Crow Center in Downtown. More than 20 statues from the French masters, including Rodin, reside in this peaceful setting with cascading waters and beautiful gardens. For the historian, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza provides visitors with excellent exhibits chronicling the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy as well as a chilling recreation of the window area where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots.
Dallas offers visitors a wide variety of options for fun. A dynamic duo of Texas-sized thrills and chills are housed under one roof: at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, take a step into a real Texas twister, ride out an earthquake, or find yourself swimming on the ocean floor; t hen move along to Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax where you can mingle among the wax figures of Hollywood stars. For the speed seeker, Speedzone offers more than your average go-karting; among the numerous race tracks, you can try your lead foot with the exciting 300-horsepower dragsters. Do you love thrill rides? Try the 14-story Texas Giant or the 200 foot parachute drop at Six Flags Over Texas, the original Six Flags . Then cool off from the Texas heat at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, with its Lazy River and the Boogie Beach area. The Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Garden and the Dallas Zoo each offer an exotic assortment of animals from all around the world, including manatees, otters, and Sumatran tigers. For the nature-lover, a visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with its 66 acres of trees, flowers, and display gardens is a must. Travel back to a simpler time by visiting Old City Park, a collection of 38 relocated and restored historical buildings from1840-1910. For a quiet moment to reflect, head downtown for a visit to Thanks-Giving Square, an oasis of calm dedicated to the principle of gratitude for life in all its forms. Finally, what trip to Big D would be complete without a visit to Southfork, home of the Ewing family on television’s “Dallas.”
Dallas and shopping are synonymous. Per capita, there is more retail space here than anywhere in the United States. For a true Texas legend in shopping, Neiman-Marcus is the only name you need to know. Dallas is home to this internationally acclaimed store famous for helicopters and “his and hers” camels in its Christmas catalog. Not to be outdone is Dallas’ own Highland Park Village, America’s oldest shopping center . From unique boutiques to premier shopping malls and hip new shopping districts, Dallas has fashion covered. Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center, West Village, West End Marketplace, and Mockingbird Station are just a few of the shopping opportunities that await you.
Dining and Nightlife
What type of cuisine are you looking for? Chances are Dallas has it!
Boasting critically acclaimed chefs, comprehensive wine lists, and characteristic Texas hospitality, dining out in Dallas is one of the city's best assets. Dallas' population is becoming increasingly diverse, and the change in the cultural landscape is reflected in the range of cuisines : Tex-Mex , classic French, Asian fusion, Southwestern with a tangy touch, exotic Middle Eastern, hearty German, traditional Steakhouse, and most anything else. With more restaurants per capita than New York City, Dallas boasts four Mobile 4-Star and AAA 4-Diamond award winners, including the Nana Restaurant at the Hilton Anatole. These superb offerings are among 6,500 dining options throughout the city that will surely please any palate. Medieval Times offers a journey to the age of chivalry and knighthood. Experience spectacular horsemanship, breathtaking swordplay, falconry, sorcery, and romance while feasting on a four-course meal. In the 1920s, Deep Ellum was the Southwest’s hub for the blues, art, and culture. Today, its off-beat bars and restaurants reverberate with that same bluesy vibe, doling out live music and drinks nightly. Dining, drinks, and music also come together at the Historic West End and Dallas Alley, home to Dallas’ House of Blues.
Getting around Dallas is easy, too. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has an extensive network of rail (Trinity Railway Express), light rail, and bus services covering a 700 square mile area, including DFW International Airport and Fort Worth. Access to anywhere in downtown Dallas is a quick, convenient ride on DART and the M-Line. The M-Line system of trolleys works with DART, making travel between the West End and West Village a simple and fun way to explore downtown Dallas.
Two airports service the Dallas area: Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and Love Field (DAL). DFW is located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and is the busiest airport in Texas, serving 129 domestic destinations and 36 international. It is the second largest airport in the United States and the fourth largest in the world with a ground area larger than the island of Manhattan. DFW is connected by shuttle bus to a commuter rail station just south of the airport and the Trinity Railway Express line (TRE) serving both downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth. It is 19 miles from DFW to the Hilton Anatole. Love Field is located five miles northwest of Dallas and is only four miles from the Hilton Anatole. Until DFW opened in 1974, Love Field was the primary airport; it is now Dallas' secondary airport and is primarily served by one airline, Southwest Airlines.
See our Transportation page for details about the airports serving Dallas and for directions from DFW and DAL to the Hilton Anatole.