Once a minor trading post, today this vibrant city offers visitors a cosmopolitan centre packed with galleries and museums, and an outer ring dotted with historic suburbs, family theme parks and scenic lakes.
Dallas is one of Texas and the wider US’s most important cultural and business centres. Skyscrapers dominate the city skyline, but at ground level they mix with historic buildings, cool bars and pleasant parks. Spend some time exploring the galleries of the Arts District, then dive into the nightlife of Uptown and Deep Ellum. Or hop in a car and head to the outskirts of town for hikes, picnics and small-town Texas charm.
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dallas grew fast thanks to agriculture, industry and oil booms. If you’re visiting for the first time, head to the Old Red Museum to find out more about the city’s history, then take a ride to the top of the nearby Reunion Tower for a panoramic view of modern Dallas.
Explore Downtown on foot, starting in the West End Historic District, where red-brick former warehouses have been converted into smart cafes and lively restaurants. In the Arts District to the east, wander through the innovative mix of indoor and outdoor galleries at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and admire the striking modern architecture of the Winspear Opera House.
Dallas is perfect for families too. Encounter sharks and penguins at the Dallas World Aquarium, and explore its second-floor recreation of a South American rainforest. Learn more about the natural world at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, or let off some steam Six Flags Over Texas, a huge theme park to the west of the city. If you’d rather be shopping, you can spend a whole day at Galleria Dallas, which mixes a wide range of shops with family-friendly restaurants and an indoor ice rink.
When you need a break from the city, escape to the expansive Lake Ray Hubbard for picnics, boating and long walks, or drive out to Grapevine, a historic suburb that is famous for its award-winning wineries. For a really relaxing Dallas holiday, consider basing yourself in one of the quieter suburbs – with excellent road and public transport networks, you’ll still be within easy reach of everything this fantastic Texan city has to offer.