Dallas is an international center for commerce, but Southern hospitality is alive and well, along with a vibrant arts and music scene, emerald gardens, and the world’s best BBQ.
A former lynchpin of the oil and cotton industries, this city of more than 1 million people now thrives on intellectual capital. Its big industries are technology and telecommunications. Companies like Exxon Mobil, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments are headquartered here.
Downtown is the cultural center of the city, with striking architecture and the Arts District. Explore the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and the Nasher Sculpture Center right next door. The DMA has art that dates from the ancient Greek and Roman eras to 20th-century America. The Nasher's impressive collection is complimented by picturesque gardens to relax in.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is committed to documenting the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy. In the historic West End district of downtown Dallas, the museum is housed in the exact location where the fatal shot was fired. Read detailed examinations of the shooting and learn about its lasting effects on the United States political landscape.
A day at the Dallas Zoo or Dallas World Aquarium will keep families entertained. For fun a little further out, hire a car and drive 20 minutes from downtown Dallas to Arlington. It’s home to the Six Flags Over Texas theme park, which has dozens of rides.
Nature lovers will want to visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Wander through 66 acres (27 hectares) of native and foreign plant varieties as well as stunning White Rock Lake.
Fans of the 1980s television show Dallas should head to Southfork Ranch, a traditional Texas spread about 40 minutes outside the city. This was the fictional home of J.R. Ewing’s scheming clan on one of the longest running series in television history. Take a guided tour of the mansion and pick up insider information on the characters and details of the show’s production.
Back in downtown Dallas, admire Reunion Tower's illuminated dome or head to the Majestic Theater to catch a live show. After a busy day of sightseeing, dig in to barbecue at the popular Pecan Lodge, or sip a signature Ramos Gin Fizz at The Cedars Social cocktail lounge.