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Downtown at twilight
For other places with the same name, see Dallas (disambiguation).

Dallas, the ninth largest city in the United States and the third largest in the state of Texas, is an impressive melting pot of culture and character. As the undisputed center of oil and cotton industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Dallas steadily grew to become a classic American boomtown of the new age, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Dallas largely fell victim to its own success extending deep into the automobile era, becoming a prime example of urban sprawl, with a downtown strangled by a spaghetti of highways, yet started to reinvent its urban self at the beginning of the 21st century.

Boasting high-end luxury hotels, innumerable fine dining spots, and one of the busiest airports in the world, Dallas maintains an upscale ethos also reflected by an affluent population, world-class museums, and a shimmering modern skyline. Its history has been marred by the infamous assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, but there is more historic and contemporary heritage to be discovered in the city.

Districts[edit]

Districts of Dallas, Texas
  Downtown Dallas
Downtown Dallas is undergoing slow urban renewal and expansion. Traditionally bound within a belt of above-ground expressways, consisting of anonymous high-rise towers, and pocked with parking craters, it is now rediscovering walkability, street-level retail, and public transit. Thanks to a new highway deck park built on its northern boundary, it has merged with Uptown, the affluent, young area to its north. Artsy locals flock east to a low-rise neighborhood behind the freeway known as Deep Ellum.

It is in Downtown that you will find most of Dallas' surviving historic architecture and monuments, as well as major cultural institutions, museums and art galleries. It also has multiple concentrations of restaurants and bars and many upscale hotels for the moneyed traveler to choose from.

  North Dallas
North Dallas contains the Park Cities, the most affluent areas of the metroplex, as well as several other upscale neighborhoods. It extends north of Downtown to around LBJ, the loop freeway, and far north to Addison. It also encompasses Lake Highlands, a largely residential area bordering Garland on the north and Mesquite on the east. The Park Cities, Highland Park and University Park, are mostly residential but also offer world-class shopping opportunities, and University Park is home to Southern Methodist University (SMU), the Meadows Museum at SMU, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
  South Dallas
South Dallas includes areas south of the I30 Interstate Highway and the southwestern bank of the Trinity River.

Perhaps most notably, it includes Fair Park, the annual home of the Texas State Fair but also a small collection of year-round museums and the Cotton Bowl, the venerable football stadium where the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma face off on the gridiron every year during the Fair. The Exposition Park neighborhood across from Fair Park and its DART light rail station is a little hamlet of hipster bars, clubs, and restaurants.

In its west, across the Trinity River, you will find Oak Cliff - a large low-income, mainly residential district southwest of downtown. North Oak Cliff, or "Kessler Park," is another "streetcar suburb" and contains upscale homes of all kinds, from vintage 1930's bungalows to mid-century modern to new contemporary. The Bishop Arts District, centered on Bishop and Davis streets, is one of the city's hottest areas for new restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, and draws an eclectic crowd in which the creative class and the gay community are well-represented, a bit like a slice of Austin in the middle of Dallas.

West Dallas usually refers to the tiny part of the Western part of Dallas just south of the Trinity River, a gentrifying area of the city with several gritty areas. It features the one-of-a-kind Belmont Hotel, which despite recent construction still boasts a decent view of downtown. West Dallas is well connected to the Oak Cliff area, and is in the midst of re-development thanks to the Trinity River Project and the construction of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Hunt-Hill Bridge across the Trinity. West Dallas can also refer to the area around the I-35 corridor bordering Irving, a largely low-income industrial area home to a Koreatown and a row of strip clubs.

  Suburbs
Some area attractions often thought of as Dallas attractions are in the suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.


Understand[edit]

Many non-natives have a hard time sizing up Dallas and its Metroplex. Dallas does not fit many of the typical Texan stereotypes (Western, laid-back, casual), but it also doesn't often live up to some its own more notorious stereotypes (pretentious, unfriendly, sterile). The truth is, as in many things, somewhere in between.

Dallas is a wonderful place with a great deal to offer and an immense and diverse set of attractions, food and people. From the ultra-modern and posh Uptown and Victory developments, to the old-world elegance and upper-crust attitude of Turtle Creek, to the "real life" feel of largely-suburban North Dallas, it is virtually impossible to neatly categorize Dallas beyond this: it is one of the largest cities in America, and a metro area where more and more people are choosing to work and live every year. With that in mind, you should enjoy visiting Dallas for all the same reasons others choose to live there.

Climate[edit]

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 54 60 68 76 83 92 96 96 88 79 66 58
Nightly lows (°F) 34 38 45 55 63 71 75 74 67 56 45 37
Precipitation (in) 1.9 2.2 2.6 3.8 5 2.9 2.2 2 3 3.5 2.2 1.9

See Dallas's 7 day forecast

Being in the American South, Dallas has a subtropical climate with mild winters, hot summers, and a very wet spring and fall in between. In winter and summer it can also be a very dry place, as it receives warmer, drier weather from the Mojave Desert in the west and the Great Plains in the north.

Winters are generally mild, with average highs in the 50s and 60s (10-20 °C) and average lows around the freezing mark. It does snow in Dallas a couple times a year, and there is the rare day where temperatures will not get out of the 30s (0-5 °C), but for the most part winter is just relatively dry and cool. There is, however, the danger of freezing rain and ice storms.

Spring and fall bring very pleasant temperatures, but spring is also known for its storms. With Dallas lying within Tornado Alley, springtime weather can be quite volatile and severe storms often occur. Summers are hot and dry - but often humid - with temperatures often surpassing 100 °F (38 °C).

Average rainfall in Dallas is 37.1 inches (942.3 mm) per year, and average snowfall is about 2.5 inches (63.5 mm) per year.

Get in[edit]

DFW has a very legible, symmetrical structure

By plane[edit]

See also: air travel in the US

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport[edit]

The sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW IATA), halfway between Dallas and Ft. Worth (and so equally inconvenient to both), is American Airlines' largest hub as well as serving all other major domestic carriers.

DART trains at the DFW station

The DFW Airport DART station is outside terminal A on the lower level and offers a direct light rail connection to downtown. To get there, take an escalator to the airside Skylink tram (faster), or if you have baggage to claim, outside to the landside TerminalLink shuttle and ride to Terminal A. From there, follow the yellow signs for DART light rail. Once at the station, take the Orange Line to downtown, where you can transfer to any other line. Alternatively, you can take a DART bus in the opposite direction to CentrePort/DFW Station on the TRE and catch a commuter train to downtown. Be aware, however, that the TRE runs only once an hour during most of the day.

There are various shared-ride shuttle services available. They offer door to door pickup and drop off and cost ~$30 for ~20 miles, which will get you to most places. Like all major airports in the United States, you can easily hail a cab outside of any terminal by following the signs for the taxi stand.

If driving a rental car, try to exit through the South Exit from DFW: a major highway interchange replacement is under construction just outside the North Exit, where road closures are common and unpredictable. Consider flights that arrive outside of the morning or evening rush hours.

Love Field may be an older airport, but it is quite modern and convenient

Love Field[edit]

  • 1 Dallas Love Field (DAL IATA). is Dallas' original airport, and the home base of America's largest low-fare operator, Southwest. Love Field was originally expected to cease serving scheduled passengers when DFW opened in the 1970s, but due to Southwest's rapid growth continued to operate, and has grown even more in the last few years, after restrictions on long-distance flights were lifted. Alaska Airlines, Delta, and Virgin America have some flights here, in addition to Southwest. There are flights to most major destinations in the continental US. Dallas Love Field on Wikipedia Dallas Love Field (Q613569) on Wikidata

Love Field is within the city limits, not far northwest of downtown. Due to the city's strategy of promoting DFW only, a direct fixed transit link has never been built to DAL, but you can take the Love Link bus (DART route 524) from Love Field to the Inwood/Love Field Station of the DART light rail on the Green Line and Orange Line. There are also various shared-ride shuttle services available. They offer door-to-door pickup and drop off and cost ~$30 for ~20 miles, which will get you to most places.

A plaque and light embedded in the ramp between gates T3 and T5 east end of the terminal mark the spot where President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office aboard Air Force One following the JFK assassination.

Other airports[edit]

Addison Airport (ADS IATA, FAA LID: ADS), a public airport in the town of Addison, has various charter flights. Executive Airport (RBD IATA, FAA LID: RBD), formerly known as Redbird Airport, is another public airport in South Dallas, into which private pilots can fly.

A TRE train about to stop at Dallas Union Station

By train[edit]

There are two Amtrak routes which serve Dallas/Fort Worth:

From Fort Worth, you can reach Dallas via either the Texas Eagle or the TRE Trinity Rail Express commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas with stops at DFW International and Irving.

Amtrak is a relatively slow way to travel. Arriving from Houston involves a train change of five or more hours in San Antonio. However, Amtrak offers views and legroom that you can't get while flying and a unique laid back experience that you can't get while driving. If you want to meet people, taking the train is one of the best ways to do it. That being said, if you're short on time, flying might be a better option.

Dallas is one of the best locations to witness the sterotypical American multi-lane, multi-level spaghetti interchange

By car[edit]

Highways plough right through downtown Dallas

To get to Dallas from Oklahoma, take I-35 or US 75 south. To get here from Houston, it's ~250 miles north on I-45 (which turns into US 75). To get here from Austin, take I-35 North. To get here from Louisiana, take I-20 west. Dallas is the junction-point for most cities within a 200-300 mile radius, with good road service to and from. Any map of the United States should have enough information to get you into Dallas with no problems.

However, once you are here, watch out for traffic. Traffic tends to go towards the city centers in the morning, and away from the city centers in the evening. Major choke points are 75 South in the morning (what takes 20 minutes with no traffic, ends up taking 1–2 hours with traffic). I-635 near US-75 is also usually a mess since I-635 (being the beltway that runs all around Dallas) is an often-traveled road. Also watch out for I-35E southbound in the mornings. Roadway construction is also a common occurrence in Dallas and should be budgeted for.

  • US-75 is also called "Central" or "Central Expressway", and turns into I-45 just south of Downtown
  • I-635 is sometimes called LBJ, which stands for Lyndon B Johnson.
  • There are two branches of I-35. I-35 splits into I-35W at Denton (30 miles north of Dallas) through Fort Worth to Hillsboro (50 miles south of Dallas), and I-35E that runs from Denton through Dallas to Hillsboro. After I-35W and I-35E reach Hillsboro, they simply rejoin as I-35.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound. Bus stop is near the center of downtown at 205 S. Lamar.
  • Buses also run to and from Shreveport on the weekends, sponsored by the casinos in that city. These are more geared toward locals seeking to get their gambling fixes, but ask around if you're interested.
  • Megabus. Service from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Memphis, and Little Rock. The bus stop at the DART East Transfer Center, 330 N Olive St. Fares from $1 and up.
  • Echo Transportation. Independent bus charter with full-size motor coaches, shuttle vans, luxury sedans and SUV's. Travel within DFW, beyond to other Texas destinations and across North America.
  • El Expreso. Mexican trans-border bus line, also serving destinations throughout the southeastern United States. The bus stop is at 1050 N. Westmoreland St. #124 in Dallas.
  • Autobus Americanos. Mexican trans-border bus line with service to various points in Mexico. The bus stop is at 627 N Westmoreland St in Dallas.
  • Turimex Internacional. Mexican trans-border bus line with service to various points in Mexico. The bus stop is at 501 E. Jefferson Blvd in Dallas.
  • Omnibus Mexicanos. Mexican trans-border bus line with service to various points in Mexico. The bus stop is at 201 E. Jefferson Blvd in Dallas.
Dallas is one of the few cities in the world where restored historic streetcars provide regular public transportation service

Get around[edit]

A DART train at the West End station

By far the simplest and most reliable way to get around Dallas is by car. Local rental companies offer better prices, but national chains offer more convenient return policies and locations.

Public transportation[edit]

Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, has an extensive network of four light rail lines and dozens of bus routes. The light rail hits many tourist destinations in the downtown area and connects to many of the suburbs, but generally works best for commuters. Buses will get you almost anywhere from the train stations but will usually require multiple transfers and significant walks and are a slow way to travel. Tickets are good for either a single one-way bus trip ($1.75 and up) or all day until midnight ($5 at light rail stations); the day pass is best for travelers because it is the simplest and because most journeys will require transfers. Bus drivers will check tickets upon boarding, but light rail trains operate on the honor system, with infrequent random checks that occur most often during rush hour. This doesn't mean you can ride without a ticket - fines for being caught without one can be quite steep. As the Texas culture and the urban sprawl of the DFW metroplex strongly encourage the use of cars, locals will generally be unable to help you use public transportation, but you can get an excellent trip plan by visiting the DART website, calling their information phone number (214-979-1111), or using their app, GoPass, from which you can also buy and use e-tickets.

Five competing bikeshare companies operate in Dallas: LimeBike, vBike, Spin, ofo, and Mobike. Each company has a mobile app that can be used to find and rent nearby bikes. Downtown is swamped with these bikes for rent, and they can also be found scattered around the suburbs. You can use them just to get around downtown or you can increase the range and speed of travel by public transit by bringing them with you on DART. Each bus has two bike racks on the front and trains have bike hooks in the center segment of each car.

See[edit]

  • Dealey Plaza and The Sixth-Floor Museum - site of the infamous assassination of President John F. Kennedy. X's painted in the road mark the positions of the President's limousine for each time he was shot, the Grassy Knoll has been restored to look exactly as it did in 1963, and conspiracy theorists hold talks and hawk DVDs. The accompanying museum, which takes up the first and upper floors of the former Texas Schoolbook Depository, recreates Lee Harvey Oswald's shooting position and maintains a collection of artifacts related to JFK and his assassination, including Oswald's sniper rifle and Jack Ruby's fedora. Museum tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $13 for youth, and free for children five or younger. Caution: do not walk into the street to take a picture with the X's. Elm Street is still a busy thoroughfare, and passing cars do not slow down for tourists in their way.
  • Dallas County Courthouse, more commonly known as Old Red, is a former municipal courthouse that now serves as Dallas' local history museum. Worth a visit if you are in downtown. $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors, and the military (all three must show ID), $7 for kids 3-16, and free for kids under 3.
  • JFK Memorial Plaza - Brutalism at its best, this is a stark but elegant space for quiet reflection on the President's life. Next to Old Red on Main Street.
  • Dallas City Hall - An imposing Brutalist edifice by famous architect I.M. Pei. Recognizable to film buffs as OCP headquarters from the movie Robocop, which was mostly filmed in Dallas.
  • Klyde Warren Park - Helping to bridge downtown's moat of highways, this is a trendy park decking Woodall Rogers Freeway for three blocks in the Arts District, and has food trucks, a high-end café, and occasional outdoor performances and readings.

Museums[edit]

  • Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) - World-class art museum downtown befitting Dallas' status as a center of the oil, finance, and technology industries. Exhibits from all historical periods from antiquity to the present day. General admission is free; admission is only charged for temporary exhibits.
  • Nasher Sculpture Garden - Large museum and garden adjacent to the DMA with an extensive collection of mostly modern sculpture.
  • Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art A smaller museum, also adjacent to the DMA, featuring rotating collections of Asian art, at the bottom of the Trammell Crow building. Admission is always free.

Outside of Dallas[edit]

  • Dallas Cowboys. Dallas' famous football team, plays at AT&T Stadium, a short ways west of Dallas in Arlington
  • Texas Rangers. They are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, specifically in the city of Arlington. Dallas' professional baseball team is the 2010 and 2011 American League Champions.
  • FC Dallas. Major League Soccer team that plays at Toyota Stadium in the northern suburb of Frisco.
  • Dallas Wings. WNBA (women's basketball) team that moved to the Metroplex in 2016. The Wings had been the Tulsa Shock from 2010 to 2015, and the Detroit Shock before that. They play home games at College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus.

Do[edit]

Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas
Hall of State at Fair Park at night
  • State Fair of Texas - A large part of Dallas' culture and probably its biggest attraction, the State Fair is hosted annually for three weeks around September and October. The Fair is the Mecca of fair food, most of it deep-fried. Heated competitions held for the best-tasting and most creative of these have seen deep-fried incarnations of practically every food (and drink) imaginable. Concoctions can range from delectable (Fried Peaches and Cream and Fried Jerk Chicken) to bizarre (Fried Jello, Fried Dr. Pepper) to downright disgusting (Fried Butter). The Fair's iconic mascot, Big Tex, is a 55-foot-tall cowboy who smiles, talks, and waves at fair-goers, and the Texas Star Ferris Wheel, the tallest in North America until 1985, is a fairground institution. There is also a huge array of commercial shows and marketplaces, including a large car show, and more traditional attractions include a wide assortment of carnival games and rides, rodeos, pig racing (yes, pig racing), and livestock shows. Try to avoid going to the Fair the weekend of the Red River Showdown, the annual UT-OU football game. Students from both colleges flood the Fair that weekend to attend the game and lines for admission and attractions, not to mention parking, are horrible.
  • White Rock Lake. Escape the city bustle for a stroll at this large park in East Dallas. This is really a beautiful getaway, but locals would tell you to avoid driving around here at night — ghosts haunt these waters.
  • Golf - There are a lot of wonderful courses in the Dallas area. The city boasts five municipal courses with reasonable greens fees. Of these, Tenison Highlands in East Dallas and Cedar Crest in South Dallas offer the best test of golf, and can be the most crowded, especially on weekends. There are any number of terrific daily-fee public courses in the D/FW area as well,
  • 1 Adventure Landing.,
  • 2 SpeedZone Dallas. - in Dallas, particularly in the cities of Irving, Grapevine, Lewisville, and The Colony

Buy[edit]

Shopping is big in Dallas. In days of yore, folks would come from all over the country to shop in Dallas' exclusive shops.

  • Popular shopping malls include the Galleria in North Dallas, NorthPark Mall, and the West Village in Uptown, among others. A bit further afield is Grapevine Mills in nearby Grapevine. Amazing malls can also be found in Plano and other suburbs.
  • Half-Price Books. Used bookstore chain headquartered in Dallas, offering secondhand books, music and video, with offerings varying by location. The flagship store is in East Dallas, with one other Dallas store and nine more in the Metroplex area.
  • Neiman Marcus was founded in Dallas, supplying dresses and diamonds to debutantes and family scions. The downtown flagship store remains a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, and the NorthPark Mall location is the chain's most successful.

Eat[edit]

Areas with high concentrations of restaurants include the following:

  • Beltline Road through Addison and North Dallas, just north of I-635, has perhaps the most restaurants per-capita in the U.S. If there is a type of food you like then you can probably find it there.
  • Greenville Avenue running north to south in East Dallas, has many restaurants along its length, particularly in Lower Greenville.
  • Knox and Henderson streets (the "Knox/Henderson" neighborhood), off US-75 Uptown have many laid-back, stylish restaurants.
  • McKinney Avenue, is the heart of Uptown, with a wide variety of quality establishments.
  • The West End in the northwest part of Downtown has a good mix of original local restaurants and successful chain establishments.

Dallas has a good number of its own chain restaurants which have become quite successful in the area, offering unique local flavors.

  • Spring Creek Barbeque. Spring Creek Barbeque has 15 Texas style restaurants across the North Texas area. The menu is very simple. Beef, ham sausage, turkey, chicken, and ribs are available for entrees (you can have combinations also). Side items available are corn, beans, potato salad, cole slaw, and baked potatoes. In addition, fresh homemade bread rolls are served with each dish and more are delivered to your table during each meal. Even with large servings, the most expensive menu is only about $10 so all of the dishes are available at a reasonable price.
  • Cristina's. Several DFW locations. Lunch specials are very reasonably priced. Service across all of the family owned and operated locations is blindingly fast no matter the location. The chips and salsa are arguably some of the freshest and best in the Metroplex. A unique signature menu item is the "Queso Flameado" where the server melts cheese by fire tableside and then wraps the gooey cheesey goodness in several freshly made tortillas.

Main Street in Downtown has seen major improvements over the last few months, with plenty of places to eat and to play. Highly Recommended. Don't forget to stop by the City Tavern for a longneck or two.

Drink[edit]

The area bound by Haskell on the north, Woodall Rogers Freeway on the south, Turtle Creek on the west and Central Expressway on the east is where Dallas' beautiful people go to see and be seen. Trendy to the nth degree, this neighborhood contains very upscale fashionable clubs. Some of the hottest clubs, Medici, the Candleroom, and Sense are private. If you want to check out one of these places be sure to go with someone that is a member or have a concierge call ahead for you. Wish and Republic are also cool nightspots, with no membership required. No shorts, jeans, team jerseys, tennis shoes, or flip-flops.

Neighborhoods[edit]

  • West End - This is an attractive enough historic neighborhood with buildings in a turn-of-the-century redbrick vernacular—the notorious Book Depository is one of them—in the northwest quadrant of downtown. The area is mostly popular with suburbanites and tourists out for dinner and a quick stroll around the neighborhood but has a number of bars as well.
  • Deep Ellum is a district of bars, dance clubs, music venues and tattoo shops east of downtown on Main, Elm and Commerce streets. It is a hipster haven for young people and a weekend destination for music lovers of all ages. Lately, it has been stigmatized by a purported "crime wave," be sure to go in groups if you go on a weeknight.
  • Uptown and McKinney Ave - This is where Dallas' beautiful people go to see and be seen. Trendy to the nth degree, this neighborhood contains very upscale fashionable clubs.
  • Downtown is home to a burgeoning nightlife district and upscale restaurants
  • Addison has some famous drinking spots tucked in amongst its many restaurants, notably The Flying Saucer.

Gentlemen's Clubs[edit]

If you are so inclined, Dallas has an overabundance of "Gentlemen's Clubs." Most of these places are nice and safe, and usually off the Highway 35 and Northwest Highway area. Bring cash along or go to an ATM beforehand—if using a credit card, you have to sign the tabs in triplicate with a photocopy of your ID. One can have a good time for $100–$200 at all the clubs, but if you want to spend more, the ladies will certainly help you do so. Here is a list of some of the clubs starting with the nicest ones.

  • The Lodge - Has a safari motif inside and actually has good food too.
  • The Men's Club - A nice club with pretty girls. The best night is Thursday.
  • Silver City - Good club.
  • Baby Doll's - An enormous club that sells more alcohol than any other bar in Texas. Has pretty decent priced drinks for a gentlemen's club.
  • Million Dollar Saloon - A lot of history behind this place. Really the first of its kind in Dallas or all of Texas.
  • The Clubhouse - Owned and operated by surviving members of Pantera; Frequented by all walks of life in Dallas; BYOB; Full frontal

Beer/Wine/Liquor Stores[edit]

If you're looking to fill a mini-fridge or cooler with your own beverages a bit of planning might be required. Alcohol is only sold in certain parts of the city and in certain suburbs so getting to a liquor store can involve some travel. Also, Texas' liquor laws specify that any store that sells liquor cannot open on Sunday nor stay open after 9PM any other day. Stores that sell beer and wine cannot sell either from 12AM to 12PM on Sunday. A smartphone app that locates liquor stores is very useful as many of those stores in the Dallas area tend to be well inside neighborhoods as opposed to along highways, and hotel desk staff can tell you if you're in a 'wet' or 'dry' area of Dallas. Liquor stores can become quite crowded after 8PM (especially on Saturday) and remember to be extra-alert after dark. In 'wet' areas beer and wine is easily and safely available at grocery stores.

Additional Resources[edit]

The Dallas Observer is the local alternative weekly. You can pick up a free copy at many places around town. It is full of useful information on Dallas nightlife and its music-scene offerings.

Sleep[edit]

Individual listings can be found in Dallas's district articles

The heaviest concentrations of hotels can be found in North Dallas along I-635 and North Central Expressway and in Northwest Dallas along I-35E, while Downtown offers more high-end accommodations.

Some travelers may find it more convenient to stay in Irving closer the DFW airport, in Arlington near the amusement parks, or in one of the northern suburbs such as Lewisville, Carrollton, Plano, or Richardson.

Stay safe[edit]

Go out with a group at night and valet your car so that you don't have to walk far at the end of the night. If you are downtown after dark, there is a fairly large number of homeless people in the area. Uptown and North Dallas are generally safe after dark, but South Side is generally a little bit rougher around the edges than the north sides. Also, avoid driving on the highways on the weekends after 2AM as it can be unnerving with all the bars and clubs kicking everyone out at that time, so most of the drivers have been drinking and are in a hurry to get home. Café Brazil, with multiple locations, is a 24-hour restaurant that has decent food, much better than Denny's or IHOP, and is a good place to wait out the rush or if you're just hungry late at night.

If you are Downtown during the night hours, avoid the Government District, particularly near City Hall. This place is not dangerous in itself, but there are a lot of homeless people running about. Stick to West End and the Arts District.

Try to avoid anywhere south of the Trinity River, with the exception of far North Oak Cliff, the Bishop Arts District, and Fair Park. There is little else to see here other than the Texas Theater, anyway, where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured. South Dallas is a mostly low-income, high-crime residential area: as in any such area, know where you are going, stay there, and don't dawdle or wander, especially at night.

In the unlikely event that you fall victim to identity theft while visiting Dallas, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operates a major field office in Dallas.

Connect[edit]

Cope[edit]

  • Kadampa Meditation Center Texas , Tel: 817-303-2700, [1]. Offers relaxation meditations and meditation classes to increase inner peace at 4 locations in Dallas.

Consulates[edit]

  • Denmark Royal Danish Consulate, 2100 McKinney Ave, Ste 700, Tel: +1 214-661-8399. Fax. +1 214-661-8036.
  • Norway Royal Norwegian Consulate, 4605 Live Oak St, Tel: +1 214-826-5231.

Go next[edit]

  • Head to Arlington for a day of fun at Six Flags Over Texas or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the best waterpark in the area. Don't forget the sunblock.
  • Denton, half an hour north on I-35E, has a charming historic town square, and an off-the-cuff nightlife scene driven by the city's disproportionately large number of musicians.
  • Joe Pool Lake lies to the southwest of the city, 4 miles past Grand Prairie. There are two popular parks to camp at along the shoreline, including Cedar Hill State Park and Loyd Park. The most popular day use park on Joe Pool Lake is Lynn Creek Park.
  • Lake Texoma is a popular spot an hour's drive north on US-75, on the border with Oklahoma.
  • Rodeo. Go to Mesquite see a rodeo show at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.
  • Sandy Lake Amusement Park, 1800 Sandy Lake Rd, +1 972 242-7449. A Carrollton institution for over 40 years, Sandy Lake Amusement Park offers rides, games, family fun, picnic areas and sightseeing.
  • Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Rd, +1 972-442-7800. Parker. The ranch made famous by the TV series "Dallas". An easy day trip from Dallas. Tours run 364 days a year (except 25 Dec).
  • Waco, an hour south on I-35, has a number of attractions including the Dr. Pepper Museum and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
Routes through Dallas
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