It’s got a fantastic accommodation scene too and you won’t have any problems finding cheap Dallas hotels...
The Texan city of Dallas doesn't do small. It's big on attitude, arts and culture, and the city skyline can easily dwarf some of its sister cities.
Visitors still come to Dallas to feel like they're part of the oil-rich, cattle-ranching circles that the Ewings moved in. And the city still offers rural charm and big-money trappings. It's also a modern destination, with a surprisingly hot arts scene and some of the best restaurants in the United States of America.
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Some of the finest attractions and hotels in Dallas are located in and among the skyscrapers of Downtown, at the heart of the city...
You can easily wander into the West End Historic District and the Arts District from this central area, where there are many excellent four- and five-star hotels. Dallas hotels are well regarded for hosting some of the city's most innovative restaurants – don't expect to holiday in Dallas and shed any excess weight!
On the outskirts of Downtown, and charming holidaymakers with a more bohemian vibe, is Deep Ellum, where you'll struggle to find hotels but where you can stroll to enjoy quirky cafés and independent eateries.
Oak Lawn, to the north of Downtown, is the place to stay in elegant townhouses, while nearby Old Town shares this upmarket air. Art galleries and shops are on the doorstep of hotels in this district.
Big names have hotels in the city and its surrounding area. Check out rooms in properties from Hilton, Holiday Inn, Ramada, La Quinta, Best Western, Comfort Inn, Staybridge, Hampton Inn, Wyndham, Super 8, Westin, Hyatt and Fairfield.
The area around Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is peppered with hotels, which cater well to business travellers and those on a tight budget. It's a 25-minute journey to Downtown, though, so factor in travelling costs if you think you're getting a bargain hotel near the airport.
Shoppers might appreciate being a little way out of central Dallas, given the presence of the vast Galleria shopping and leisure complex, located 15 minutes north of Downtown. You could also opt for hotels in Arlington if you want to be close to sporting action. Thirty minutes to the west of the city, here you'll find the home of football's Dallas Cowboys and baseball's Texas Rangers. Car hire is available for you to be flexible and see the sights.
From arts and family fun to reminders of the city’s place in American history books, visitors find plenty to do in Dallas...
Top five attractions
This instantly recognisable landmark on the city skyline features an observation deck and 360-degree views of the city and beyond.
It's almost impossible to note must-sees from the large collection of landmark arts and cultural venues. But if you're stuck for time, visit Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Learn more about the life, death and legacy of 35th American President, John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. The museum is housed in the place where Lee Harvey Oswald took aim and fired.
Dotted with museums and attractions, including gardens and a zoo, the near 300-acre complex attracts millions of visitors every year.
An interesting city in its own right, Fort Worth, 35 minutes west of Dallas, is the place to find more of the cattle-ranching, horse-back-riding, Stetson-wearing crowd. It's said to be where the “West” begins.
The southern heat of Dallas sees a calendar of events that runs throughout the year. Here are just three of the best…
Cinco de Mayo Big Parade and Festival; May: There's a large Mexican population in Texas, which makes for a big party and parade along Jefferson Avenue enjoyed by Americans, Mexicans and global visitors.
Shakespeare in the Park; June-July: See the plays of William Shakespeare at outdoor venues in Dallas during the summer season of what is a packed year-round Shakespeare Festival.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July: Brass bands set the musical tone for the old-fashioned celebrations of Independence Day in America's ninth-largest city.