Dallas, TX

Travel Guide
Dallas showing modern architecture, skyline and a high rise building

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.

Where to stay in Dallas

Wingate by Wyndham Dallas Love Field
Wingate by Wyndham Dallas Love Field
2.5 out of 5
8650 N Stemmons Fwy, I-35E Exit 434A Empire Central, Dallas, TX, 75247
The price is $91 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Dallas. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (2,063 reviews)
"Loud music at 3:00 am from surrounding property. Ants in the room"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Wingate by Wyndham Dallas Love Field
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
4 out of 5
1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX, 75201
The price is $139 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,335 reviews)
"Love the customer service and the room was amazing"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Omni Dallas Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
4.5 out of 5
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX, 75202
The price is $259 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, 9 restaurants, and 4 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,359 reviews)
"An excellent hotel and staff."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Omni Dallas Hotel
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.
Sonesta ES Suites Dallas - Las Colinas
Sonesta ES Suites Dallas - Las Colinas
3 out of 5
1201 Executive Cir, Irving, TX, 75038
The price is $95 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Irving. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (613 reviews)
"Nice for a quick stay. Property is dated but clean. Breakfast was ok. Parking was great."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Dallas - Las Colinas
HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
3 out of 5
2914 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX, 75201
The price is $123 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Dallas. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,282 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay here"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

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, 75201
The price is $152 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Dallas World Aquarium and Reunion ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (167 reviews)
"I loved this hotel so much! I had a quick two night stay and was sad I didn’t get to stay longer. Everything was super clean and the decorations were amazing. The design of the rooms was too notch and everything was clearly communicated prior to arrival!"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

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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Reviews of Dallas

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Top Destination

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3 - Okay 12.321116928446772%
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1 - Terrible 1.128563118091914%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

People can not drive!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Dallas was nice the hotel sucked

5/5 - Excellent

Unknown

Jun 7, 2020

Dallas overall , even though I came during the time of the protesting and looting , I love it. I come here all the time. I’m hoping to move here soon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Pop Factory in Uptown was a great place to stop in for icecream. There is space outside to sit and enjoy w the kids.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

From here originally, so it’s a great home environment to me.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

I only give it the meh face because of the circumsances surrounding us when we visited. We were going the next day to my step sons bio moms services as she passed away and the riots were unsettling. Again the hotel itself was amazing.

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