Dallas, TX

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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 $109 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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! (1,241 reviews)
"This is a wonderful hotel. The view outside the window made me think of the scene in Forrest Gump when he called the front desk at the Watergate Hotel. Stayed here on our anniversary weekend trip to Dallas to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Very easy and uberable around Dallas."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown
Omni Dallas Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
4.5 out of 5
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
The price is $169 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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! (2,464 reviews)
"Everything was great."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Omni Dallas Hotel
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
4 out of 5
1501 Gaylord Trl, Grapevine, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $279 per night from Jan 15 to Jan 15
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! (1,342 reviews)
"This is a great property that is well maintained and has a great staff. I was even able to check in early."

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

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.
Sonesta ES Suites Dallas - Las Colinas
Sonesta ES Suites Dallas - Las Colinas
3 out of 5
1201 Executive Cir, Irving, TX
The price is $84 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in Las Colinas, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Irving Convention Center and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Dallas and C.R. Smith Aviation ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (547 reviews)
"Even under construction our stay was very pleasant"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Dallas - Las Colinas
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 $119 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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! (89 reviews)
"Property was perfect. Me and my fiancé were celebrating our birthdays and once we arrived the hotel had champagne and cupcakes along with a card greeting us. The view was perfect as well as the location. The only problem we experienced was when we took a shower the water wasn’t going down the drain ..."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

The Guild Downtown l Elm St
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 Dec 23 to Dec 23
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! (2,133 reviews)
"The only issue which had nothing to do with the hotel, but it was hard to get into the right lane to enter the property."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

HYATT house Dallas/Uptown
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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