About Dallas

by SmarterTravel Staff
Dallas skyline (Photo: Dallas CVB)

Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas is no exception. After all, this is where Big Tex, the 52-feet-tall cowboy, calls home. Visitors can see the many different sides of this larger-than-life city by exploring what the various neighborhoods have to offer.

The Fair Park area is the location of the annual Texas State Fair and the "Big Tex" statue, but even when the rides aren't running there is still a lot to do. For example, the Texas Discovery Gardens provide year-round beauty, and the Smithsonian-affiliated Women's Museum tells the story of the American woman. Additionally, the Art Deco buildings erected here for the 1936 Texas Centennial Celebration still stand for passersby to admire.

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Downtown's West End, visitors can revisit the past at the Sixth Floor Museum, dedicated to the life and death of JFK; and while there also take in Pioneer Plaza, the world's largest bronze monument. The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library displays one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence.

The Dallas Arts District, also downtown, is home to the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center. The McKinney Avenue Trolley connects this area to Uptown, where visitors can find a bite to eat and peruse the local art galleries.

For Dallas nightlife, Deep Ellum provides bars, clubs, and restaurants for socializing. Formerly a warehouse district, this area served as the center for the Southwest blues culture and now provides live music of all kinds.

The city of Dallas is served by Love Airfield and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Dallas/Fort Worth provides nonstop service to more than 100 domestic destinations, so finding flights to Dallas is an easy task from most cities.

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