Hotel at a Glance: Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria
Just around the corner from the Galleria Dallas and the city’s arts and theater districts, Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria combines old-fashioned southern hospitality with a sophisticated style synonymous with a 4-star hotel. You can start the day with a handcrafted (and spiked) shot of espresso, then close out the evening with an inventive aperitif at the lobby bar, where you can kick back on lounge chairs.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms give off a modern vibe with bold geometrical designs and charcoal grey and pink accents. Amenities include iPod radios and 42-inch flat-screen TVs
- Onsite dining: Chefs put an upscale spin on traditional southern comfort cuisine at Le Méridien Restaurant.
- Take a dip in the indoor heated pool.
- Shop til you drop at the Galleria Dallas, which features hundreds of shops and restaurants, along with an ice rink that’s open all year.
- Recent recognition: Received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014
Dallas: Historical Parks and Rejuvenated Urban Districts in North Texas
Though some know Dallas only for the massive AT&T Stadium (which is actually in Arlington), the city is also an enclave of arts and nature, overflowing with botanical gardens, art galleries, and live theater. Historic Main Street connects many of the city’s recently rejuvenated urban districts, as well as the popular Main Street Garden, a block-long public park surrounded by architecturally significant buildings. Locals come here to picnic on the expansive lawn or watch a movie under the moonlight in the summer and fall.
A short walk from downtown Dallas, you’ll find horse-drawn carriages clopping along brick streets in the city’s historic West End district, which dates back to the 19th century. This part of the city also contains Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. At The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, you can visit the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have shot at Kennedy’s presidential motorcade.
Joggers and bikers can zip through the fashionable Turtle Creek neighborhood, located about 4 miles west of downtown, via the Katy Trail, which follows an old interstate railroad. Back near downtown Dallas, the 277-acre Fair Park is the location of North America’s largest Ferris wheel and seven museums and four performing-arts centers, many of which are inside art-deco buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.