Dallas has a big reputation: bold, stylish, and cosmopolitan with its skyscrapers thrusting into blue skies, flashy cars, outdoor dining scene and glamorous sports teams. The Big D is so unashamedly Texan, it’s addictive.
Begin by ascending the Reunion Tower GeO Deck offering fine views across the city. From here history buffs will find the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, a fascinating prospect to discover the life and times of JFK. Next stop is Wild Bill’s Western Store in the historic West End to get your cowboy souvenirs. While fans of the hit TV show Dallas drive over to Southfork to visit the Ewing family ranch, the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys is a must-see for any sports enthusiast. Rendezvous later at Trinity Groves to dine on Texas cuisine, sipping margaritas until the sun goes down.
Just east of downtown Dallas, the Deep Ellum district is the home of trend-setting styles and the birthplace of many new bands. The funky little area was originally a hub for jazz, blues, and African American arts and culture, especially in the 1920s when it hosted the likes of Bessie Smith and Texas Bill Day. Now the area is characterised by live music venues, galleries, street art, restaurants, tattoo parlours, and trendy lofts.
The Sixth Floor Museum chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald, with around 40,000 items including original photographs, film and video footage, and eyewitness accounts. See the exact window from which JFK was shot and the exhibits examining his life, death, and legacy.
Forget carousels and rollercoasters, this amusement park is the only one in the world to feature only extreme thrill rides. There are five high-intensity rides: Nothing but Net lifts participants 40 metres in the air and drops them into a net; Bungee Jumping sees participants taking a head-first dive off a seven storey tower; Texas Blastoff—a reverse bungee—shoots riders into the air at 70 miles per hour; Skycoaster harnesses three riders together, lifts them 30 metres into the air, and sends them free-falling; and Skyscraper delivers 4Gs of force, whipping riders around on a 50-metre-long arm.
Set within Spanish Mission-styled buildings, Highland Park Village is a shopper's paradise. This is the premier venue for upscale shopping and dining in Dallas, with an unparalleled selection of international and local retailers from Jimmy Choo to Harry Winston, Anthropologie to Chanel.
Situated on the south-eastern shore of White Rock Lake, this lush, manicured landscape is home to quiet walkways meandering through seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees, and plant collections. The arboretum is also home to the DeGolyer House, a 1940s Spanish-style mansion, the Woman's Garden, the Lay Ornamental Garden, and the Johnson Color Gardens.