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Dallas, TX

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This Texas city lives up to its reputation as a spot where big things happen, from arts to professional sports and a downtown cattle drive.

Dallas is known around the world for its true position in the center of the volatile U.S. oil industry and its fictionalized role in the long-running television drama, Dallas. Visit this iconic American city to appreciate its fascinating past and enjoy its exciting present.

Texas has a history of cowboys and cattle drives. See the past come to life in Dallas as dozens of lifelike bronze sculptures of longhorn cows and cowboys move across the landscape of Pioneer Plaza, driving down a hill, over a stream and past a waterfall. Speaking of cows…visit a different steakhouse every night to sample extraordinary Texas beef or find your favorite barbecue restaurant.

Look up from the cattle in the middle of the city to appreciate the contrast of modern Dallas, a very metropolitan city. Reunion Tower stands tall over Downtown Dallas. Climb to the GeO-Deck for a cocktail at sunset and gaze down to identify city landmarks.

One of the most popular tourist spots in Dallas is a very somber location. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza marks the spot in the former Texas School Book Depository building where an assassin waited to murder President John F. Kennedy in 1963. See photos and read information about this tragic event. Reflect for a few moments at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, a few blocks away.

The all-red Old Red Museum of Dallas County was once the courthouse, built in 1892. Step inside to learn about the history of the area. After your museum visit, start traveling north to choose from the varied attractions of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas World Aquarium, Perot Museum of Science and Nature, Dallas Museum of Art and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Continue northeast to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Bring a picnic to enjoy between tours of almost 20 different gardens.

Drive south of downtown to the Dallas Zoo or west to Arlington to watch the Dallas Cowboys play football.

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Where to stay in Dallas

Hilton Anatole
Hilton Anatole
4 out of 5
2201 N Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX
The price is $181 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
This family-friendly Dallas hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Dallas Market Center and American Airlines Center. Dallas World Aquarium ...
4/5Very Good! (903 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Hilton Anatole
Omni Dallas Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
4.5 out of 5
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
The price is $229 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in West End Historic District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,635 reviews)
"The best in Dallas! Highly recommend very nice and clean! You’ll enjoy for sure!"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Omni Dallas Hotel
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
4 out of 5
1501 Gaylord Trl, Grapevine, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $259 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly Grapevine resort is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Grapevine Lake and Gaylord Texan Convention Center. Grapevine Mills ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,269 reviews)
"Brought my niece for a girls trip she had so much fun!! Loved the Art studio, she's talked about it continuously my sister said and wants to come back for her next Birthday!!"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
2.5 out of 5
1916 Forest Ridge Dr, Bedford, TX
The price is $98 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in Bedford, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Artisan Center Theater and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Stormie Jones Park. Chisholm Park and Hurst Conference ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (157 reviews)
"Great place to stay!! My family loved it. Staff is super friendly. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Bedford DFW West, TX
HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
3 out of 5
2914 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX
The price is $101 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Uptown, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of American Airlines Center, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and Klyde Warren Park. Dallas ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,009 reviews)
"Everything was very nice felt at home."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
The Guild Downtown l Elm St
The Guild Downtown l Elm St
4.5 out of 5
1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX
The price is $139 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Main Street District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Comerica Bank Tower and Majestic Theater. Dallas World Aquarium ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (44 reviews)
"Great experience staying on the top floor of a skyscraper. Very spacious rooms and maybe the most comfortable hotel king size bed I’ve slept in?!"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

The Guild Downtown l Elm St
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Dallas

Renting a car has long been the most practical way of exploring Dallas, and that remains true to some extent. However, with the creation of the DART buses and light rail, there are now ways to get around the city even without a vehicle of your own. The network doesn’t cover every part of the city but it is continuing to expand. Taxis are another option, but these usually need to be booked in advance. Visit the Dallas Area Rapid Transit website. Browse Dallas rental cars.

Best time to visit

Avoid the hottest part of the year and see the city at its most colorful by visiting Dallas in spring. This is when flowers are plentiful and temperatures remain in the 70s and 80s F (20s C). Late fall, from the end of September until the middle of November, also has very pleasant weather. Unless you really love the heat, stay away in July and August, when temperatures can climb to well over 95 F (35 C).

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