It’s not for nothing that the city of Dallas has been nicknamed “the Big D.” There is a lot of excitement on tap for visitors who want to feel the vibe of this amazing city. So buckle up and keep reading to get a brief taste of what’s on tap for those lucky enough to find themselves here.
• The Sixth Floor Museum: Once known as the Texas School Book Depository, The Sixth Floor Museum is a unique center that impartially chronicles the death of President John F. Kennedy, documenting every angle and looking at presidential history from a historical and cultural perspective. The majority of Americans still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President Kennedy was part of a bigger conspiracy. Visitors can poke through 40,000 artifacts and stand at the exact window Oswald fired from, then head to the grassy knoll below to make up their own minds.
• Fearing’s Restaurant: Not only is it an absolute must-visit spot for all food fans, but celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous restaurant is a sophisticated affair set within the stylish Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Forget fast food and mediocre delis. Instead, tourists can treat themselves to some fine dining with the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine.” The larger-than-life chef specializes in hearty traditional food with a twist, so expect unusual (but delicious) flavor pairings. Highlights include maple-black peppercorn buffalo tenderloin, wood-grilled antelope sirloin and chicken-fried Maine lobster.
• Texas Horse Park: This 302-acre park sits within the Great Trinity Forest, as part of Davy Crockett’s legacy to the Big D. With riding lessons, trail rides and hippotherapy, the Texas Horse Park is a tribute Texas’ equestrian history. Get to know Dallas the traditional way—from horseback—at Texas Horse Park. Visitors can channel their inner cowboy or girl amid ancient trees, freshwater springs and a large Native American archaeological site, while they ride along the Trinity River as the sparkling modern skyline of downtown Dallas glimmers on the horizon.
• McKinney Avenue Trolley: In addition to plenty of pickup trucks, Dallas is also home to a historic trolley, which trundles up and down lively McKinney Avenue in uptown. Founded in 1983, it usually operates 365 days a year and is free of charge (except charters). Hop on and off this free service for a quirky bar and food crawl featuring some of the best pubs in town. Highlights include The Standard Pour, known for barrel-aged cocktails, and The Trophy Room, with its famous mechanical bull sitting malevolently in the middle of the bar.
• Highland Park Village: The first outdoor shopping center in America is as renowned for its Spanish-influenced architecture as its haute couture (think Chanel, Dior, Alexander McQueen). Shopping is pretty much a local sport in Dallas, so for anyone who wants to play ball with their credit card, they have come to the right place. If a visitor is on the hunt for further style points, Dallas is also home to the epic NorthPark Center, an award-winning citadel of style blending 235 stores with an 1.4-acre garden and water features.
• Southfork Ranch: Home to the dysfunctional Ewing clan of the city’s eponymous TV show, Southfork Ranch is an easy 30-minute drive from downtown. No trip to Dallas would be complete without a visit to what might just be the most famous white house west of Washington, D.C. Join a guided tour to explore the house and nearby museum, taking in everything from J.R.’s bedroom to the gun that shot him—as well as plenty of costumes, clips and props from one of the longest-running shows in TV history.
• The Bonnie and Clyde Tour: This excellent exploration of the story takes you from Clyde’s family home and the cafe where Bonnie worked, through their hole-ups and hideouts and finally to their graves. The police were on the trail of Bonnie and Clyde for two years, but visitors can follow it in a pleasant three hours. Both of the infamous Depression-era outlaws grew up in the Dallas area, where their crime and murder spree began before eventually ending in a hail of bullets just across the Louisiana border on May 23, 1934.
Ready for an unforgettable adventure like no other? Dallas awaits!
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