Dallas, TX

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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.

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Where to stay in Dallas

Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
4 out of 5
1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX
The price is $149 per night from Jan 10 to Jan 11
Located in Main Street District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Renaissance Tower, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and Majestic Theater. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,222 reviews)
"Absolutely amazing"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Omni Dallas Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
4.5 out of 5
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
The price is $249 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
Located in West End Historic District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,431 reviews)
"Would recommend"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Omni Dallas Hotel
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
4 out of 5
1501 Gaylord Trl, Grapevine, TX
The price is $259 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
This family-friendly Grapevine resort is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Grapevine Lake and Gaylord Texan Convention Center. Grapevine Mills ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,282 reviews)
"Amazing resort."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Worth-Bedford
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Worth-Bedford
3 out of 5
2401 Airport Fwy, Bedford, TX
The price is $71 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Stormie Jones Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chisholm Park and Hurst Conference Center. Tarrant ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (589 reviews)
"Great property and a beautiful clean suite!"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Worth-Bedford
HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
3 out of 5
2914 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX
The price is $123 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Located in Uptown, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of American Airlines Center and Klyde Warren Park. Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Museum of Art ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,151 reviews)
"There was so.e construction directly outside but it was pretty quiet. The hotel was great."

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2021

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
The price is $129 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
Located in Main Street District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Majestic Theater and Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas World Aquarium ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (100 reviews)
"The views, the check-in, communication, amenities, parking, location, cleanliness, quietness….no complaints! One of the best stays in Dallas!"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

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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3 - Okay 12.321116928446772%
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4/5 - Good

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Jun 7, 2020

People can not drive!

4/5 - Good

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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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