Dallas’ slogan “Live Large. Think Big” describes the essence of a city that inspires big ideas in both its citizens and visitors. As the ninth largest city in the country and the home of the world’s third busiest airport, it’s not hard to see why Dallas is one of the top visitor destinations in Texas.
Throughout the city visitors can enjoy a thriving culinary scene with multiple four and five star restaurants, the best shopping in the Southwest, the nation’s largest contiguous urban arts district, five professional sports teams and so much more. Add in some true Southern hospitality and you have a city that has managed to blend a sophisticated urban feel with tradition and history for a truly unique experience.
One of the largest and most popular cities in Texas, Dallas is well-known for its museums, upscale shopping and lively arts scene.
The city boasts the largest urban arts district in the country, full of public art sculptures, murals and five major venues. The Dallas Museum of Art has a collection of more than 23,000 works of art. Visit the Nasher Sculpture Center, or attend performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Winspear Opera House or the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.
Shop at NorthPark Center, with more than 225 stores; the elegant Galleria Dallas, with more than 200 stores and an indoor skating rink; and historic Highland Park Village, with designer boutiques.
Families enjoy the Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Garden, and the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park. If you’re a sports fan, you’re in luck – Dallas is home to five major professional teams.
AT&T Stadium – On a clear day, you can see the Dallas Cowboys’ $1.2 billion football palace in Arlington from the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower (details below) in downtown Dallas, 18.5 miles to the west. That’s how big it is — 3 million square feet, to be exact. You might be surprised by the beauty of the place and by the collection of world-class art that adorns it. Take a tour to see the field, the Cowboys’ and Cowboys Cheerleaders’ locker rooms, postgame interview room and more.
George W. Bush Presidential Center – Putting all politics aside, the museum at this venue offers a fascinating look at the eight years when the 43rd president was in office, including an especially poignant section on 9/11. There’s also a good deal of unexpected humor — would you have expected a video of a presidential impersonator trying to teach Bush to say “nuclear proliferation”? Get your pic taken in the replica of the Oval Office.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza – The venue’s permanent exhibit on the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy occupies the sixth floor of the circa-1901 former Texas School Book Depository. Curators here have taken an evenhanded, just-the-facts approach to the assassination, neither trumpeting nor dismissing conspiracy theories (forensics have made it a near certainty that Lee Harvey Oswald did, at the very least, fire three shots from the sixth floor).
Visit the Dallas tourism website for more information