Dallas is located along the Trinity River in the Southern state Texas with the ‘Gulf of Mexico’ to the South and Oklahoma in the North. More than 6.5 million people live in the Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington Metroplex. Hollywood films and TV shows have painted a picture of a desert ruled by the oil magnates and cattle barons. But despite its Wild West image, Dallas isn’t a rural city and Texas isn’t a desert at all. Flying in, you are welcomes by the sight of the Reunion Tower, the long standing landmark of this fast developing Southern city. These days the biggest local industry is technology and some even call it the ‘Silicon Prairie’. The more common name is ‘The big D’ because Dallas is so populous and the main commercial hub for the region.
Explore the cultural side of Dallas by visiting the downtown theaters and galleries. Head to the Arts District and browse the Dallas Museum of Art to see the American Design and famous European paintings. Next door, the Nasher Scultpure Center mixes the traditional with the contemporary in the tranquil setting. Enjoy nature’s masterpieces in the Arboretum and botanical gardens with colorful displays of the native plants and European flowers. On a hot day, order a treat from the food truck and have your lunch in the lawn, Texas style. Explore the underwater passages of the Dallas World Aquarium to observe remarkable creatures from up close. The aquarium is more like a zoo so don’t miss the jungle walks if you want to see the monkeys. Nearby, children can fly like birds, outrun a dinosaur, witness a tornado or feel like a n earthquake at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. At the Dallas zoo, you can see cuddly Koalas, hand feed the giraffes and admire other giants of the Savanna.
Visit the six flags over Tenas theme park in Arlington for even more family fun on the more than 100 rides. Roll a ball, ride a rocket and then try the Texas sized hot dog for lunch. Grab some boots and a ten gallons hat for a walk in Heritage village. Then gear up for a trip to South fork Ranch, the film set of immensely popular soap opera Dallas to enter the state where J.R and Sue Ellen played out their unhappy marriage. After nearly 40 years, this family saga is still being followed by fans all over the world. Step into the middle of a cattle drive in the heart of the city at Pioneer Plaza. See bronze statues of the Texas Long horns in the landscaped park. This recreated Prairie commemorates the old cowboy trails which brought the first settlers here in the 1800s. One of the most momentous events in American History took place in the former book depository in West End. Stand at the exact location where the shot was fired that killed John F. Kennedy in 1963. The sixth floor museum at the Dealey Plaza documents the assassination of the charismatic American President. Don’t leave Dallas without tasting a Texas BBQ or if you prefer a fine dining, order Sushi atop Reunion Tower. End your day with dancing and lounging in a cocktail bar uptown. The free vintage trolley will safely shuttle you back to Downtown at night. Come to Dallas where modern meets the old and where the friendly locals with their Texas twang, will show you a welcome as big as Texas State.