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.

Dallas Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Dallas

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas DFW Airport North
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas DFW Airport North
2.5 out of 5
4850 W John Carpenter Fwy, Irving, TX, 75063
The price is $71 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
$71
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Irving. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,670 reviews)
"Very nice staff and very helpful"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas DFW Airport North
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
4 out of 5
1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX, 75201
The price is $143 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$143
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,836 reviews)
"I liked the history of the hotel. There was no quiet time when the bar closed at 2am. Need larger trash cans in rooms and or community trash cans in hall way since the daily cleans are no longer due to staffing."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

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 $269 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
$269
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, 9 restaurants, and 4 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,824 reviews)
"Great stay, not a lot open during week day evenings but overall for a quick overnight stay to attend Max game, worked well. I will say, if arriving at dark, difficult to know where to park. Ended up using valet as easiest option. Staff was terrific."

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

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.
The Beeman Hotel
The Beeman Hotel
3.5 out of 5
6070 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX, 75206
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,815 reviews)
"Cute place. Lounge area was a lot of fun for Happy Hour. Good people watching."

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

The Beeman Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
4.5 out of 5
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX, 75202
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, 9 restaurants, and 4 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,824 reviews)
"Great stay, not a lot open during week day evenings but overall for a quick overnight stay to attend Max game, worked well. I will say, if arriving at dark, difficult to know where to park. Ended up using valet as easiest option. Staff was terrific."

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Omni Dallas Hotel
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
4 out of 5
1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX, 75201
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Dallas. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,836 reviews)
"I liked the history of the hotel. There was no quiet time when the bar closed at 2am. Need larger trash cans in rooms and or community trash cans in hall way since the daily cleans are no longer due to staffing."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
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).

Popular places to visit

Things to do

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Dallas

Cities near Dallas