Dallas, TX (DAL) United States

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Dallas is a city located in the state of Texas and the 9th largest city in the entire United States. This city is one of the most consistent in terms of revenue out of the tourism industry. The government has invested a lot in different tourist attractions to entice more people to come to the city. Visiting Dallas will surprise you in different ways!

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Dallas: Must See sights 

John F Kennedy Memorial

Set close to where the fatal shots hit John F Kennedy, the memorial itself is plain and simple, as if nothing could adequately display the grief of the American people. The Sixth Floor Museum is set in the building from which the assassin fired the shots which changed the course of American history.

Old Red Courthouse

Rumoured to be haunted, this imposing Victorian building in the downtown district is a famous landmark, carefully restored and now a museum displaying the heritage of the city.

Guadalupe Sanctuary

This Victorian Gothic structure with its impressive facade lies in the Art District and contains several important works of art with religious themes. It’s just one of a number of attractive heritage buildings in the district.

Reunion Tower

One of the tallest structures in Dallas, the tower sits on top of the Radisson Hotel and holds an observation tower with the best views of the cityscape as well as a revolving cocktail lounge and restaurant. 

Latino Cultural Centre

One of the hispanic attractions in town, set in a distinctive ultra-modern building, the centre hosts a museum as well as many events celebrating Texas’s close connections with its southern neighbour’s Mexican culture and heritage.

Dallas World Aquarium

This huge aquarium holds more than 85,000 gallons of salt water, home to hundreds of sea dwellers and marine life from all over the planet. A special feature is an underwater tunnel opening onto a reef with all its multicoloured life. 

Dallas Zoo

The main attraction at this well-thought out zoological park is a monorail safari ride showing one of the USA’s finest collections of African wildlife. Lions, flamingos, lemurs and meercats are favourites, although the impressive collection of spiders and snakes may not be to every visitor’s taste.

Fair Park

A much-loved attraction for over 50 years, the 277 acre Fair Park boasts a National Historic Landmark label for its Art Deco buildings hosting several museums, including the Dallas Museum of Natural History, the Women’s Museum, the African American Museum and the Age of Steam Museum. The October Texas State Fair is held here as well. 

Flights to Dallas

The flight from Sydney to Dallas is one of the longest in the world, so it’s no surprise it’s only scheduled international carriers are offering the route, meaning some ingenuity is required to get a cheaper deal. Qantas recently announced its new routes to Dallas Fort Worth International to start in May 2011, with outbound direct flights from Sydney and the return flight calling in at Brisbane on the way home. In conjunction with the American Airlines direct Sydney/Dallas route, Qantas will offer four weekly flights. 
Another alternative is United Airlines from Sydney, although stopovers on both the scheduled services are at Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively. With no low-cost airlines likely to take on the route because of its length in air miles, travellers to Dallas from Australia are restricted to multiple leg journeys typically found by searching online here.
Do-it-yourself enthusiasts might remember that most airlines release all the available seats on each flight in blocks to online and offline travel agents from at least a month before the flight is scheduled to leave, with the cheapest seats on coach in the early batches. Timing is everything with this, with daily searches well in advance the only way. Hoping for a deal by booking at the last minute is a bad idea. Another was is to ask your trusty travel agent to advise on high and low seasons before you plan your trip. 
Tourist entry requirements for the US are straightforward as Australia is one of the 36 countries in the visa waiver scheme, allowing 90 days’ stay. Remember to log on to the security-conscious US Electronic System for Travel Authorisation website, and input your details at least 72 hours before your flight leaves. This is a recent and compulsory requirement for anyone who flies to the US. For non-Australian citizens whose countries of origin are not part of the scheme, a visitors’ visa must be applied for at the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. 

Dallas: Overview

The world view of the quintessential Texas city of Dallas is all about oil, cowboys and sport, but there’s much more to it than media stereotypes would suggest. In fact, it’s a unique and much-loved metropolis, with a huge number of diverse attractions such as great cuisine, friendly inhabitants, suburban ‘olde world’ elegance and new world shopportunites hiding under its stetson.
Downtown Dallas is the place for nightlife and shopping as well as exploring the historic West End neighbourhood, with laid-back pre-WWII era East Dallas being a hive of quaint bungalows, eateries, wine bars, coffee shops and bars. Uptown Dallas is the haunt of the ‘beautiful people’, with its boutiques, beauty salons, trendy restaurants and bars, upscale interior decorators and furnishing stores. The Highland and University Park districts are the wealthiest in town, with credit card-maxing world-class shopping at North Park Mall and Highland Park Village.
A number of famous Dallas attractions are actually set in the suburbs, as is massive Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. One of the prettiest is Grapevine, well-named for its wineries and heritage area around Main Street. Arlington is home to the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, the pride of the city together with the team, as well as the Texas Rangers ballpark and Six Flags Hurricane Harbour. Shopping is huge here, with malls, stores and vast shopping centres all over the city as well as several bargain factory outlets in the suburbs.
A famous destination is the flagship Neiman Marcus downtown store, founded in Dallas to supply diamonds and dresses to the debutante daughters of oil-rich families. 
Much of the tourist accommodations lie in Carrolton and Lewisville districts, close enough to most attractions and well-supplied with eateries and taverns. Getting around the city is easiest with car hire, although city centre approach roads fill up during rush hours, occasionally resembling a large car park. The ring road around the central part of the city is best avoided mornings and early evenings as well. 
Visitors deciding against self-drive are well enough served by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, with its extensive bus services and rapidly expanding light rail network. Admittedly, bus travel is slow and may involve changes, but it eventually gets you where you want to go. Of course, taxis are easily hired and are reasonably priced. 

When to go

Dallas’s climate is sub-tropical, giving it the bonus of a mild winter to compensate with summers which can become very dry in the heat from the Mojave Desert and the arid Great Plains. From May through September, it’s either hot or extremely hot, best avoided by those who prefer more temperate conditions. Between October and April, however, it’s warm enough to be comfortable while exploring on foot, although the mercury falls significantly at night, especially from November through to the end of March. Snow falls on average twice during each winter season, with freezing rain or ice storms on rare occasions and severe storms or even tornados in the spring.

A great time to be here is the autumn, for the Texas State Fair, one of the country’s largest. This ranges from all the rodeo activities popular in Western movies to agricultural and livestock competitions and exhibitions through country music, lots of eating and even more drinking of the various local brews. It’s all huge fun and very Wild West. If you’re fascinated by American football, catching a major Super Bowl game at Arlington’s Dallas Cowboys stadium could make a great holiday event to remember, especially if the team wins. If it doesn’t, at least you’ve had a chance to feast your eyes on the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, well worth the experience. Another famous team here is the Major League baseball Texas Rangers. 
Texans love their festivals and celebrations with special events happening all through the year, many of which are well-known enough to attract overseas visitors. One such is Dallas’s huge North Texas Irish Fest held every March and featuring Celtic dancers, traditional storytellers and over 50 Irish bands together with loads of food and drink, especially of the alcoholic variety. Following on almost immediately is the Greenville St Patrick’s Day Parade with lots more similar activities, entertainments and refreshments. 
If you’re here in early September, Grapefest in the Grapeville historic district is a must see, with arts and crafts, sampling of local and regional wines, live entertainment and street food. For a glimpse of traditional Texas, come in mid-October for the Pioneer Harvest, a celebration of the preparations for the long winters made by the original pioneer settlers who arrived here in their covered wagons. Featured are crafts, traditional activities, pie-eating competitions, (remember Desperate Dan and his cow pies?), and a hundred and one things to do with a pumpkin.


Get Ready to Party

One of the biggest events taking place here is the annual State Fair of Texas. This tradition has started since 1886. If you are to visit Dallas, schedule it on the State Fair day. The event is so huge that it brings over $350 million in the city’s economy in a year.

The Cotton Bowl is also a big event in the city. This is where two huge universities fight against each other, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oklahoma. This event is crowded as people not just from the city, but also from nearby states come to watch.

Get Ready to Scream

A trip to Dallas without visiting the Cowboys Stadium is a waste. This place hosts some of the biggest sporting events and other entertainment events in the state. Each week, major events are hosted in the stadium. If you come and visit, you should put your game face on!

A Step Back in Time

For a more historical trip, you have to visit the Medieval Times. This area is specially designed to look like an 11th century castle. Being in this area will make you feel how people during those times lived. Tour guides are also available to explain to you some important aspects of the medieval period.

Whether you want to party, watch sports, or learn, there are places for you in Dallas. Get your tickets via Skiddoo now and join the fun.

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