Made to be the land of really big everything; Dallas, Texas is a hugely popular southern tourist destination complete with world-class shopping, dining options and attractions. Though big hair, hats and hospitality is still the name of the game, the city has become a fast-growing hotspot for nightlife and the arts. With 24 area businesses (Exxon Mobil, JC Penny) named as Fortune 500 companies, Dallas is a growing regional hub for business and commerce. Whether visiting a rough and tumble rodeo or sitting down to a southern-style heaping meal of BBQ brisket, Dallas knows big fun.
What Dallas may lack in natural beauty, it makes up for with entertaining and educational sights and attractions. The Dallas Museum of Art showcases a world tour of fine and decorative arts. With Dallas forever being remembered as the place of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, American history buffs might want to check out the Sixth Floor Museum. Housed in the old schoolbook depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot and killed President Kennedy, visitors can tour the now renovated museum, learn the facts about the case and even peer out of that infamous sixth-story window out on to Dealey Plaza’s grassy knoll. For an adult’s night out, grab a cocktail and check out the Dallas House of Blues.
The city has several districts to choose from when seeking out a hotel. The Hotel Belmont is a unique mid-priced artsy-retro stay in the Oakcliff area of town. With unbeatable views of the Dallas skyline and internationally-inspired tile work, this funky hotel is worth a try. For a more sweeping, Texas-style hotel, check out the Mansion on Turtle Creek. A stay in this luxury villa will feel like old world Texas with modern amenities and accommodations. For a high end treat-yourself kind of stay; try the Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa with its opulent accents and uptown city views.
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Grand Hyatt DFW
There are 298 guestrooms at the Grand Hyatt including 39 suites. All rooms feature 32” flat panel TV’s, iPod docking stations and iHome Stereos. There is a deluxe bathroom in every room with a separate shower and soaking tub. Guests will enjoy the complimentary transportation service, the full service business center and the concierge service available to help all guests with any questions or needs that have to be met. There are several dining options on the premises as well.(more)
Hotel Palomar Dallas
Hotel Palomar Dallas is a AAA four Diamond smoke free hotel centered between the upscale Lakewood and Park City neighborhoods. Entertainment, dining and shopping are all in close proximity to the hotel. This hotel will suit the needs of any traveler, whether here on business or pleasure. You are sure to have a memorable stay at the Hotel Palomar Dallas.(more)
There are 70 beautiful and luxurious residencies housed in this regency style building designed by Robert A. M Stern architects. It is located in Dallas’ uptown district. At the Ritz-Carlton you comfort is always a priority and meeting the needs of all guests is a must. It is here where urban Dallas will surround you.(more)
The Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa
The attentive staff at the Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa is available to assist and help guests in any way possible. There are 170 guest rooms and suites to choose from featuring beautiful residential views of Uptown Dallas, luxury bed and bath amenities and high definition flat screen TV’s. There is state of the art fitness studio and a business center on the premises. Complimentary high speed wireless internet can be accessed anywhere in the hotel.(more)
Omni Hotel at Park West
337 guest rooms and suites are located within the Omni Hotel at Park West. This is a 12 story four diamond luxury hotel patterned after the architecture of an ancient civilization. The hotel is bordered by a beautiful lake and a breathtaking green park. Whether business or pleasure brought you to Dallas the Omni is sure to meet all of your needs. A heated outdoor swimming pool is located on the premises and high speed wireless internet access can be found throughout the hotel.(more)
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park
The world’s only “Thrill Amusement Park” features five different extreme thrill rides sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Zero Gravity Thrill Amusements include: the bungee Jump, the Nothin’ But Net, Texas Blastoff, the Skycoaster and the Skyscraper. The Texas Blastoff launches you and a partner 150 feet into the air, from zero to 70 miles per hour in a little over a second. Air Boingo Bungee Jumping features a seven story tower as its launching platform. The bungee cords are supplemented by backup straps and a stunt-quality airbag on the ground, just in case. The Skycoaster is 110 feet of hang-gliding and skydiving simulation that sends you flying faster than the speed limit on a Texas highway. The newest addition to the all thrills theme park is Nothin' But Net, in which you are dropped 100 feet into a net.(more)
White Rock Lake Park
This 1,015 acre park is a prime spot for running, hiking, bird watching, fishing and people watching. There are over nine miles of waterfront trails and to complete the hike around the lake takes about three hours. Also offered at the park is fishing, sailing and horseback riding. Those who enjoy bird watching will find that the lake attracts a wide variety of birds; note especially the green parrots at the south end of the lake. There are also several playgrounds and picnic areas that can be reserved.(more)
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
The grounds are enveloped with over 3,000 blossoming azaleas of different varieties. Colorful chrysanthemums brighten the landscape, which also features many different types of interesting trees. Magnolias, crape myrtles, live oaks and red cedars provide plenty of cover on warm days.
With over 200 hands-on exhibits, from the Little Urban Farm and KidsPlace, to the shocking Electric Theater Show and planetarium programs, the science center holds something for everyone. The Dental, Medical and Hands-on-Physics galleries have wonders around every corner. The TI Founders IMAX Theater shows immersive educational films and with its 79-foot domed screen, it's definitely a thrilling experience.(more)
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Built in 1989 by renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Meyerson Symphony Center is home to performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Wind Symphony. This beautiful Symphony Center has a spacious, circular lobby contained by a comprehensive glass canopy. Inside, the impressive concert hall has an 85 foot ceiling with cherry wood walls that surround the four main levels.(more)