How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas isn’t at the top of most people’s travel wishlists, but it should be. The city has much more to offer than it gets credit for. As local Gabe Sanchez explains, “Travelers don’t realize how much of a big city Dallas is and how many different neighborhoods are within a 5-minute drive of the downtown core. You can visit these neighborhoods and get a genuinely different version of Dallas in each one.” Read on to see how you can get the most out of a trip to Dallas, Texas!

Things to Do and See

To see Dallas’ beauty, start with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden which hosts Dallas Blooms, which is the Southwest’s largest annual floral festival. Then blend in by purchasing cowboy boots at one of the local stores. Once you’re dressed up, head over to a sports game or watch one at a local establishment. Just make sure to root for the Cowboys, Stars, Mavericks, Wings, and FC Dallas. Next, pop by the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to learn about the country’s history. After that, walk around different neighborhoods. Make sure to include Uptown, the Design District, Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts, and Henderson Avenue. If you need to take a break, you can see a movie at the historic Texas Theater. Once you’ve got your energy back, walk the 3.5-mile Katy Trail. Next, go to the Dallas Zoo which boasts over 2,000 animals. Before you call it a day, go to Old City Park, which has some structures that date all the way back to when Dallas was founded.

Amazing Food and Drinks

Texas has a lot more to offer than just its delicious barbecue. Stop by the Thai food market which takes place in Dallas every Sunday – just remember that it’s cash only. Make sure to leave some room for the State Fair of Texas, where everything is deep-fried, including Texas Oatmeal Pies, praline cheesecake egg rolls, stuffed wings, and mac and cheese.

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Of course, you have to try some classic Texas barbecue. Make sure to order brisket at least once! Have a meal prepared by the famous chef Danny Grant at Monarch, which has views overlooking the Dallas skyline. Last but not least, make sure to try some amazing tacos.