Dallas Guide

In the public consciousness, Dallas stands as a symbol of both capitalistic promise and national tragedy. On one hand, it’s seen as a glass-and-steel, money-minded place where oil tycoons and big-haired socialites do battle with one another, a la the Ewings of Southfork Ranch (the former are fictional; the latter is real and open for tours). On the other hand, many still associate the city with John F. Kennedy’s assassination—an event that’s comprehensively documented at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, where it took place.

But there’s a lot more to this gleaming metropolis in northeastern Texas. The Big D has always been proudly pro-business—it has one of the biggest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies in the country—but residents know how to kick back, too. Setting your preconceived notions aside, you might be surprised to find a laid-back city filled with trendy nightlife, beautiful public gardens, and a remarkably friendly populace.

Outdoor Fun

The weather is usually sunny and mild in Dallas (except at the height of summer, when temperatures can be scorching). Here are some places to enjoy being outside:

  • White Rock Lake: Kayaking and fishing are popular pastimes at this 1,015-acre lake. While you're here, check out the award-winning Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
  • Bishop Arts District: an eclectic, bohemian neighborhood chockablock with independent galleries, antique stores, cafes, and restaurants
  • Downtown: Fifteen separate districts make up the city’s core; the oldest of them have the most spots of interest to travelers. Take a stroll through the West End Historic District to see the John F. Kennedy Memorial (a simple concrete cube) and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Then swing around to the Convention Center District to see Pioneer Plaza, a sculpture garden decorated with realistic bronze statues of cattle and horses, and the Main Street District, a long stretch of shops including the headquarters of Neiman Marcus at Main and Ervay.

Where to Stay

If it's your first time here, you’ll probably want to stay downtown so you’ll be within walking distance of the best shops, restaurants, and attractions. The historic Magnolia Hotel in the Main Street District features a famous neon Mobil Pegasus that is an indispensible part of the city’s skyline. Another solid alternative is the stylish Le Meridien Dallas, the Stoneleigh in Uptown, close to the financial district. There are great views of the city at the Belmont Hotel, a chic motor-court hotel in the Oak Cliff.

Beyond Downtown

  • The Cedars: a quirky, pleasantly funky south Dallas neighborhood popular with artists and musicians; it’s a great place to go for live music, especially at venues like Gilley’s Dallas and Poor David’s Pub

  • Preston Hollow: At the opposite end of the city and the social spectrum, this is the wealthiest neighborhood in the city, where some of the state’s most prominent residents have homes, including former president George W. Bush, Ross Perot, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and a bunch of players and coaches from the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Landmark Restaurant Dallas
The Landmark Restaurant Dallas
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Warwick Melrose Hotel, Dallas in Dallas (Oak Lawn - Uptown), you'll be convenient to Magnolia Theater and American Airlines Center. This 4-star hotel is close to Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Dallas World Aquarium.

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Grand Hyatt DFW
Grand Hyatt DFW
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Grand Hyatt DFW in Dallas, you'll be connected to the airport and close to Bear Creek Golf Club. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Delaney Vineyards and Historic Downtown Grapevine.

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Hotel Palomar
Hotel Palomar
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Hotel Palomar Dallas , a Kimpton Hotel in Dallas (Park Cities - SMU), you'll be minutes from Angelika Film Center and close to Meadows Museum. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Meadows Museum and Southern Methodist University.

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Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas

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A stay at Sheraton Dallas Hotel places you in the heart of Dallas, walking distance from Majestic Theater and Dallas JPMorgan Chase Tower. This 4-star hotel is close to Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Convention Center.

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Za Za hotel
Za Za hotel
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas (Oak Lawn - Uptown), you'll be minutes from ATT Performing Arts Center and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. This 4-star hotel is close to American Airlines Center and Dallas World Aquarium.

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Rays Bar
Rays Bar
Dallas, Texas

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When you stay at The Park Inn by Radisson Dallas Love-Field in Dallas, you'll be in the business district and close to University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Frontiers of Flight Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Frontiers of Flight Museum.

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Sterling Hotel Dallas
Sterling Hotel Dallas
Dallas, Texas

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When you stay at Sterling Hotel Dallas in Dallas, you'll be in the business district and close to University of Dallas and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. This hotel is within close proximity of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Memorial Hospital - UT Southwestern.

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W Hotel
W Hotel
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at W Dallas - Victory in Dallas (Oak Lawn - Uptown), you'll be minutes from Perot Museum of Nature and Science and American Airlines Center. This 4-star hotel is close to Dallas World Aquarium and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

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Le Meridien Dallas North
Le Meridien Dallas North
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Le Meridien Dallas by the Galleria in Dallas (Addison - Galleria), you'll be minutes from Galleria Dallas and close to Valley View Center. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Northwood Club and Addison Circle Park.

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Dallas, TX
Dallas, Texas

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Adolphus Hotel is in the heart of Dallas, walking distance from Renaissance Tower and Comerica Bank Tower. This 4-star hotel is close to Dallas Convention Center and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

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Embassy Suites Dallas - Park Central Area
Embassy Suites Dallas - Park Central Area
Dallas, Texas

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Located in Dallas (Park Central), Embassy Suites Dallas - Park Central Area is convenient to Medical City Hospital and Richland College. This hotel is within close proximity of Northwood Club and Valley View Center.

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Crowne Plaza Dallas-Market Center
Crowne Plaza Dallas-Market Center
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center in Dallas (Market Center), you'll be close to University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Frontiers of Flight Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Dallas Market Center.

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Hyatt Place Dallas North
Hyatt Place Dallas North
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Hyatt Place Dallas North in Dallas (Addison - Galleria), you'll be convenient to Galleria Dallas and Valley View Center. This hotel is within close proximity of Addison Circle Park and Water Tower Theater.

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The Mansion On Turtle Creek
The Mansion On Turtle Creek
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas (Oak Lawn - Uptown), you'll be convenient to Magnolia Theater and American Airlines Center. This 5-star hotel is close to Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Dallas World Aquarium.

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Westin Dallas Park Central
Westin Dallas Park Central
Dallas, Texas

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Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center
Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center
Dallas, Texas

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Located in Dallas (Park Central), Best Western Plus Dallas Hotel & Conference Center is convenient to Medical City Hospital and Northwood Club. This hotel is within close proximity of Richland College and Valley View Center.

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Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
Dallas, Texas

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In the heart of Dallas, Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre is close to Galleria Dallas and Valley View Center. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Northwood Club and Addison Circle Park.

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Courtyard Dallas Central Expressway
Courtyard Dallas Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas

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Dallas Marriott Suites Medical Center
Dallas Marriott Suites Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

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Courtyard Dallas LBJ at Josey
Courtyard Dallas LBJ at Josey
Dallas, Texas

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With a stay at Courtyard by Marriott Dallas LBJ at Josey in Dallas (Addison - Galleria), you'll be close to Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park and L.B Houston Municipal Golf Course. This eco-friendly hotel is within the vicinity of Galleria Dallas and Bachman Lake Park.

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Wyndham Dallas Love Field
Wyndham Dallas Love Field
Dallas, Texas

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The Fairmont Dallas Hotel
The Fairmont Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas

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InterContinental Dallas
InterContinental Dallas
Addison, Texas

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Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center
Dallas, Texas

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Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central
Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central
Dallas, Texas

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Located in Dallas (Park Central), Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central is convenient to Medical City Hospital and Northwood Club. This hotel is within close proximity of Richland College and Valley View Center.

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Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria
Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria
Dallas, Texas

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The Westin Galleria
The Westin Galleria
Dallas, Texas

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center
Dallas, Texas

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Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
Dallas, Texas

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Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities
Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities
Dallas, Texas

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