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.

See More

Market PicksHotels Selected for Top Ratings and Value + 5% Groupon Bucks Credit

Get a 5% Groupon Bucks credit when you book a Market Pick hotel here.
image placeholder image for Holiday Inn Richardson
Holiday Inn Richardson
Holiday Inn Richardson
From $89/nt
Richardson, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth / Fossil Creek
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth / Fossil Creek
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth / Fossil Creek
From $119/nt
Fort Worth, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hilton Downtown Fort Worth
Hilton Downtown Fort Worth
Hilton Downtown Fort Worth
From $179/nt
Fort Worth, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine
Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine
Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine
From $170/nt
Grapevine, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport South
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport South
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport South
From $175/nt
Irving, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hilton Garden Inn Dallas-Allen
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas-Allen
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas-Allen
From $129/nt
Allen, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Addison Galleria
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Addison Galleria
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Addison Galleria
From $85/nt
Addison, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
From $98/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Arlington South
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Arlington South
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Arlington South
From $137/nt
Arlington, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
From $420/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Country Inn & Suites Dallas Love Field/Medical Center
Country Inn & Suites Dallas Love Field/Medical Center
Country Inn & Suites Dallas Love Field/Medical Center
From $99/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone
From $119/nt
Fort Worth, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria
Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria
Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria
From $99/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hyatt Regency North Dallas
Hyatt Regency North Dallas
Hyatt Regency North Dallas
From $110/nt
Richardson, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Near Galleria-Addison
Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Near Galleria-Addison
Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Near Galleria-Addison
From $80/nt
Addison, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Plano/The Colony
Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Plano/The Colony
Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Plano/The Colony
From $214/nt
The Colony, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Holiday Inn Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek
Holiday Inn Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek
Holiday Inn Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek
From $90/nt
Fort Worth, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for The Adolphus, Autograph Collection
The Adolphus, Autograph Collection
The Adolphus, Autograph Collection
From $179/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive
From $139/nt
Addison, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas - Richardson
DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas - Richardson
DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas - Richardson
From $79/nt
Richardson, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Arlington/Entertainment Dist.
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Arlington/Entertainment Dist.
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Arlington/Entertainment Dist.
From $114/nt
Arlington, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Residence Inn By Marriott Dallas Park Central
Residence Inn By Marriott Dallas Park Central
Residence Inn By Marriott Dallas Park Central
From $109/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Farmers Branch
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Farmers Branch
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Farmers Branch
From $99/nt
Farmers Branch, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hilton Garden Inn Addison
Hilton Garden Inn Addison
Hilton Garden Inn Addison
From $129/nt
Addison, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Wingate by Wyndham DFW / North Irving
Wingate by Wyndham DFW / North Irving
Wingate by Wyndham DFW / North Irving
From $101/nt
Irving, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hyatt Place Plano
Hyatt Place Plano
Hyatt Place Plano
From $125/nt
Plano, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
From $127/nt
Irving, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hilton Garden Inn DFW North Grapevine
Hilton Garden Inn DFW North Grapevine
Hilton Garden Inn DFW North Grapevine
From $149/nt
Grapevine, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
From $199/nt
Grapevine, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
From $249/nt
Fort Worth, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Las Colinas
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Las Colinas
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Las Colinas
From $93/nt
Irving, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland/Richardson
Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland/Richardson
Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland/Richardson
From $109/nt
Garland, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Stay Express Hotel Fort Worth
Stay Express Hotel Fort Worth
Stay Express Hotel Fort Worth
From $137/nt
Fort Worth, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hilton Garden Inn Frisco
Hilton Garden Inn Frisco
Hilton Garden Inn Frisco
From $139/nt
Frisco, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Love Field
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Love Field
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Love Field
From $110/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Holiday Inn DFW South
Holiday Inn DFW South
Holiday Inn DFW South
From $108/nt
Fort Worth, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center
Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center
Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center
From $84/nt
Dallas, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Holiday Inn Arlington NE-Rangers Ballpark
Holiday Inn Arlington NE-Rangers Ballpark
Holiday Inn Arlington NE-Rangers Ballpark
From $120/nt
Arlington, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Hilton Garden Inn Las Colinas
Hilton Garden Inn Las Colinas
Hilton Garden Inn Las Colinas
From $79/nt
Irving, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
image placeholder image for Radisson Hotel Dallas North - Addison
Radisson Hotel Dallas North - Addison
Radisson Hotel Dallas North - Addison
From $93/nt
Addison, Texas
Get 5% Credit
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks
Get 5% Credit in Groupon Bucks.