The Texas star isn't the only one shining over Dallas – Pritzker prize winning ‘starchitects’ are shaping her form with ever more impressive buildings. Throw in a dash of emerging young musicians and artists, add a healthy serve of Southern charm, and you've got yourself a hearty helping of Dallas' contemporary vibe. Book your flight to Dallas, now non-stop on our award winning A380 aircraft.
Flights to Dallas-Fort Worth Texas
Dallas experiences short, moderate winters and long hot summers. Winter (December to February) highs are in the mid-teens (degrees Celsius). Average highs in the mid-twenties begin in April and continue to October, with average highs in the 30s from June to August.
Dallas is one of the largest cities in the USA with a vibrant metro area that extends from swanky Uptown and the ultra-modern Victory Park development, to the elegance and old-money attitude of Turtle Creek, through to the gritty authentic suburbs.
Whether you are staying there or not, you’ll end up Downtown at some point - it’s the location of the Sixth Floor Museum, the vibrant West End and Dallas Arts districts and the Plaza of the Americas or Neiman Marcus shopping centres.
You’ll find excellent restaurants in the former warehouse district of Dallas’s West End - revitalised with hotels, restaurants, conversions and featuring a busy nightlife and shopping scene.
On the north side, Dallas Arts District is the creative hub of Downtown Dallas with a large number of venues for the fine and performing arts, including the Dallas Museum of Art, AT&T Performance Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Greenville Avenue & East Dallas
It’s here that you’ll find Dallas’ classic ‘streetcar suburbs’ with their classic early 20th century bungalow architecture. Northeast of Downtown, Upper Greenville has a sophisticated scene that attracts urbanites while Lower Greenville is more boho chic with an eclectic mix of nightclubs, bars, restaurants, vintage clothing places and retro furniture stores.
In East Dallas, the former industrial district of Deep Ellum is now a fully-fledged nightlife area with a musical bent along with great restaurants, galleries and antique markets. You’ll also find Art Deco Fair Park, the iconic Cotton Bowl, eight museums, Dallas Aquarium and the planetarium. Further south, in Lakewood, visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in the leafy residential neighbourhood Lakewood.
North Dallas and Preston Hollow
You’ll find plenty of swanky hotels and restaurants in the fancy neighbourhoods on the northern edge of Dallas. Addison has the Galleria, Valley View and Prestonwood malls.
North Oak Cliff, or Kessler Park, is another desirable streetcar suburb with 1930s bungalows, mid-century moderns and new contemporary homes. The hip Bishop Arts District around Bishop and Davis streets draws creative types to its bars, galleries, restaurants, cafes and eclectic boutiques.
Uptown and Oak Lawn
One of the major attractions of Uptown is the $3 billion Victory Park (the area around the American Airlines Center) with galleries and design stores, antique shops, modern restaurants, destination shopping strips and malls, luxury hotels and modern condos. West Village is one of the hottest spots for nightlife and shopping. Uptown also includes the artsy suburbs of Oak Lawn, Cedar Springs and Turtle Creek with their fabulous hotels, restaurants and shopping along with Lloyd Wright’s Dallas Theater Center.
Locals often refer to this area as Highland Park because it’s most commonly associated with the fancy shopping in the designer boutiques of Highland Park Village. There’s also the wonderful Meadows Museum and the excellent George W Bush Center (with over 70 million pages relating to history and political science, interactive displays, the infamous Florida voting chads and a replica of Bush’s Oval office).
The main attraction of West Dallas is Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge across Trinity River, designed by Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. The Belmont Hotel has fantastic views of Downtown, and a brilliant mural.
Start your sightseeing in Dallas from the moment you enter the city, on the iconic Santiago Calatrava-designed Bridge. Tick off the big ones like a visit to Southfork Ranch (where the TV series Dallas was filmed), the Sixth Floor Museum where Lee Harvey Oswald took his fatal mark on JFK and the burgeoning Dallas Arts District.
- A home game of the Dallas Cowboys at the enormous AT&T Stadium
- See a performance in the intimate Frank Lloyd Wright designed Kalta Humphreys theatre on Turtle Creek
- Gawk at the 24,000 works in the vast galleries of Dallas Museum of Art
- Henry Moore sculptures in plaza of the IM Pei designed City Hall
- Dramatic concrete and glass cube of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
- And go ice skating at the 15-story Plaza of the Americas shopping centre
- Shop for designer at the original flagship luxury department store of Neiman Marcus
- Get fitted for a top pair of cowboy boots at Cowboy Cool
- For vintage clothes around Greenville Avenue
- Take a self-guided art tour that includes the giant bronze bulls in Pioneer Plaza
- Kayak past the Art Deco Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake
- Improve your baseball swing with a lesson in an indoor cage at D-Bat in Addison
- Visit the Audobon Centre and hike along the canyon floor following the 1.8km trail through Northern Texan flowering dogwoods in a 83ha forest
- Attend a cutting-edge performance at the AT&T Performing Arts Centre
- Step into George W Bush’s shoes at the George W Bush Center
- Ride the restored antique trolley up McKinney Avenue for free
Eat and Drink
- Pick a brew at the Big Texas Beer Festival in Fair Park and chow from local food trucks
- Eat ‘dude food’ at an outdoor picnic table next to a fire pits at Lee Harvey’s
- Authentic barbecue (including pulled pork and chicken, brisket, ribs and sausage) with savoury sauce and onion rings, at Sonny Bryan’s legendary smokehouse
- Drink a frozen margarita at Mariano’s
- Mosey down Main Street in the historic town of Grapevine and visit its nearby wineries
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