Introducing the city

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About Dallas

The city of big hair, big cars and big personality - a trip to Dallas will not disappoint.

Dallas is a cosmopolitan city daring to pull Texas out of its traditions. With it's 19-block art district, history-rich museums, shopping districts and restaurants to rival those of NYC, the Big D is a force to be reckoned with. Check out the Bishop Arts district for cool independent boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops or West Village if you're really in the mood for a shopping spree. If history is your thing then you should visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to get to grips with the defining moment of Dallas' history, the assassination of President John F.Kennedy.

A trip to Texas isn't complete without a visit to a cowboys dance hall even in urban Dallas, so polish off your boots, grab your hat and head down to Cowboys Red River for a night of two-stepping, pool and live music. Alternatively, lounge on the patio of House of Blues for beautiful views of the city at night, where you'll also be able to listen to amazing music from internationally recognised artists.

For sports fans, the AT&T stadium - home to the Dallas Cowboys (and cheerleaders) - offers tours of the stadium which includes contemporary art collections, a visit to the locker rooms and the chance to throw passes out on the field.

Dallas has something for everyone; art, culture, sports, entertainment and most importantly the opportunity for BIG adventure.

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When should you visit?

Spring is a good time to go with temperatures varying between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.

Dallas is lucky enough to have sunshine most of the year with temperatures dropping between December and February. It can be extremely hot in the summer months between June and August with high humidity levels throughout.

Temperatures are cooler between September and November and the iconic State Fair is held at the end of September until mid October - definitely worth a visit.

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Travioor top tips

Live music
GeO-Deck
White Rock Lak

Insider Info

  • Granada Theatre, a former movie house that was converted to a music venue, has weekly live music showcasing the very best up-and-coming bands and artists. Built in Hollywood''s Golden Age, its art-deco interiors and retro neon exterior adds to the experience.
  • Go to the GeO-deck of Reunion Tower for panoramic views of the city.
  • Take a trip out to White Rock Lake to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Located just fifteen minutes from downtown, it is a tranquil haven perfect for walking, running and bike-rides.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.21 | $12.00

3-Course Meal £34.54 | $45.00

Cappuccino £3.02 | $3.93

Beer £3.07 | $4.00

The Scene

With a variety of food trucks, markets and award-winning restaurants you'll never be stuck for choice in Dallas when it comes to food.

Of course you'd be foolish not to try the BBQ delights that Texas is known for. Try the brisket at The Slow Bone if you like your meat 'falling off the bone' onto a plate of mouth-watering, seasoned potatoes and a pea salad that will convert even the worst veggie-phobes.

Tex-mex should also be at the top of the list. Try Avila's on Maple Avenue, a restaurant that receives frequent praise from local press for its tex-mex offerings and tasty margaritas in a cosy setting that'll have you feeling like you've been invited to a family get-together.

If you visit in August you might be able to catch the DFW restaurant week which runs between August 15th and August 21st and sees restaurants offer fixed-price menus that include some of their most popular dishes.

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History

Dallas’s Story

Dallas was originally discovered by lawyer and tradesman, John Neely Bryan who settled in the area to trade. Initially named 'Peter's Colony', the site became Dallas in 1845 in honour of U.S Vice President George Mifflin Dallas. It became a city in 1871.

By 1873 Dallas became the main distribution centre for cotton, wool and wheat. The east Texas oil-strike of 1930 also gave Dallas the opportunity to become even more profitable.

Infamous outlaws Bonnie Park and Clyde Barrow were an iconic part of Dallas history having grown up in the city and escaping capture in 1933.

The defining moment of history for the state of Dallas will always be the assassination of John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963 President Kennedy was shot whilst riding in an open limousine along Dealy Plaza in the downtown area. Although all suspicions pointed to Lee Harvey Oswald, there are a number of conspiracies surrounding the assassination. For more information on the event visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Language

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Tip your hat and nod your head | Thank you

Speak The Lingo

English is the native language of North America, however Texans are known for their strong accents so it might be worth learning a few commonly-used phrases before you go.

  • Fixin' to - this commonly said phrase basically means you are about to do something e.g. 'I'm fixin' to leave soon'
  • Sure'nuff - a shortened version of sure enough e.g. 'And sure'nuff she ate the whole thing.'
  • Big hat, no cattle - used to describe someone who is all talk and no action.
  • Coke - the word used to describe any kind of soda.

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Need to know

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911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Tensions in Dallas are high owing to the recent shootings. It has since calmed down but remain wary and alert, especially when out on the streets at night.
  • Don't bring up Dallas the TV show - the locals get a little peeved when tourists compare the two. 
  • Weather in Dallas can change quickly but as the locals say, 'Don't like the weather? Wait five minutes'
  • For big savings on some of the city's main attractions buy a Dallas CityPass from Viator.
  • American football season can hugely affect prices of hotels in Dallas so keep this in mind when looking at flights and accommodation

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the United States here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Sidewalk Sale

On the first and third Saturday of every month, computer geeks and electronic whizz-kids gather to indulge their love of technology at Dalla's West-End.

2. Ewing Ranch

If you're a fan of Dallas, the TV show then no trip is complete without a visit to the Ewing ranch. Re-enact some of your favourite scenes inside the original house.

3. Trinity Groves

Spend an afternoon at this hub of great restaurants which also has an art gallery and brewery all located next to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

4. Botanical Garden

If you need a tranquil escape from the big, busy city then visit the Arboretum and gardens. It often hosts events including live music and nature nights.

5. AT&T Stadium

Visit the home of the Dallas Cowboys and catch a game if you can. There are plenty of tours on offer if you want an insiders look.


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