The largest city in Texas, Dallas offers cultural riches, Southern charm and plenty of soul.
Long known as an international business centre, Dallas has come to life with its vibrant arts and music scene, emerald gardens and the legendary Southern charm.
Founded on the riches of the oil and cotton industries, Dallas has always moved with times. Home to more than a million people, this city now thrives on intellectual capital, and is a hub for the technology and telecommunications industries. Texans like to work hard and play hard, so the impact of all of this big business has great results for tourists who visit Dallas.
The cultural offerings Dallas serves up can mostly be found downtown, in the heart of the city. Old and new rub shoulders here, as historic buildings that have been lovingly restored, such as the Majestic Theatre stand next to modern architectural wonders like the glittering illuminated Reunion Tower. In the Arts District, you’ll be able to view some of the world’s greatest masterpieces, held in the collections at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Featuring everything from works from the ancient Greek and Roman eras to 20th-century American modernism, these thoughtfully presented museums strive to make art accessible and offer something for everyone.
For an insight into Dallas’s recent history, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is the perfect stop. This museum documents the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy in the exact building where the shot was fired in the historic West End district, through film footage and newspaper articles from the time.
Families will love the range of animals on show at Dallas Zoo and Dallas World Aquarium, and there is plenty to do to keep families entertained all day. If you’re a thrill-seeker, head out to Arlington to the Six Flags Over Texas theme park, which has dozens of rides for all ages.
To discover old-fashioned Texas style and glamour, visit Southfork Ranch, a traditional Texas spread about 40 minutes outside the city. This beautiful mansion became world famous as it featured in the long-running television programme, Dallas.
Dallas has a great public transport system, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail system, and most attractions are on or near the main lines. For more information and to download schedules, visit the website.