DALLAS

Texas, United States

Dallas is a major city in the state of Texas and is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city proper ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat; however, sections of the city are located in Collin, Denton,Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 1,197,816. The United States Census Bureau's estimate for the city's population increased to 1,300,092 as of July 1, 2015.

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Dallas is a major city in the state of Texas and is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city proper ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat; however, sections of the city are located in Collin, Denton,Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 1,197,816. The United States Census Bureau's estimate for the city's population increased to 1,300,092 as of July 1, 2015.

The city is the largest economic center of the 12-county Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area (commonly referred to as DFW), which had a population of 7,102,796 as of July 1, 2015, representing growth in excess of 676,000 people since the 2010 census. In 2014, the metropolitan economy surpassed Washington, DC to become the fifth largest in the United States, with a 2014 real GDP over $504 billion. In 2013, the metropolitan area led the nation with the largest year-over-year increase in employment and advanced to become the fourth-largest employment center in the nation (behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago) with more than three million non-farm jobs. As of June 2016, the metropolitan job count has increased to 3,523,400 jobs. The city's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistics. The city is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation (behind New York City and Houston). In the latest rankings released in 2013, Dallas was rated as a "beta plus" world city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network, and was 14th in world rankings of GDP by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Located in North Texas, Dallas is the main core of the largest metropolitan area in the South and the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States that lacks any navigable link to the sea. Dallas and nearby Fort Worth were developed due to the construction of major railroad lines through the area allowing access to cotton, cattle, and later oil in North and East Texas. The construction of theInterstate Highway System reinforced Dallas' prominence as a transportation hub with four major interstate highways converging in the city, and a fifth interstate loop around it. Dallas developed as a strong industrial and financial center, and a major inland port, due to the convergence of major railroad lines, interstate highways, and the construction of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.

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POPULATION :• City 1,300,092
• Urban 5,121,892 (6th)
• Metro 7,102,796 (4th)
• CSA 7,206,144 (7th)
FOUNDED : February 2, 1856
TIME ZONE :Time zone Central (UTC-6)
Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
LANGUAGE : English
RELIGION : 
AREA :• City 385.8 sq mi (999.3 km2)
• Land 340.5 sq mi (881.9 km2)
• Water 45.3 sq mi (117.4 km2)
• Urban 1,407.2 sq mi (3,645 km2)
ELEVATION : 430 ft (131 m)
COORDINATES : 32°46′33″N 96°47′48″W
SEX RATIO :
ETHNIC : 
AREA CODE : 214, 469, 972, 682, 817
POSTAL CODE :75201-75212, 75214-75238, 75240-75254, 75258, 75260-75267, 75270, 75275, 75277, 75283-75287, 75301, 75303, 75310, 75312-75313, 75315, 75320, 75323, 75326, 75334, 75336, 75339-75340, 75342-75344, 75354-75360, 75367-75368, 75370-75374, 75376, 75378-75382, 75387, 75389-75394
DIALING CODE : 
WEBSITE : dallascityhall.com

Tourism

Dallas, the ninth largest city in the United States and the third largest in the state of Texas, is an impressive melting pot of culture and character. As the undisputed center of oil and cotton industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Dallas steadily grew to become a classic American boomtown of the new age, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.

Boasting high-end luxury hotels, innumerable fine dining spots, and one of the busiest airports in the world, Dallas maintains an upscale ethos also reflected by an affluent population, world-class museums, and a shimmering modern skyline. Although its history has unfortunately been marred by the infamous assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Dallas has reinvented itself in the eyes of the world; many big businesses find their home in Dallas, and the city is an international hub for commerce and trade.

Dallas is known for its abundance of malls and shopping has been woven tightly into the city's cultural fabric.


Understand

Many non-natives often have a hard time sizing up Dallas, and indeed, the entire Metroplex. Dallas does not fit many of the typical Texan stereotypes (Western, laid-back, casual), but it also doesn't often live up to some of the more notorious stereotypes of its own (pretentious, unfriendly, sterile). The truth is, like in many things, somewhere in between.

Dallas is a wonderful place with a great deal to offer and an immense and diverse set of attractions, food and people. From the ultra-modern and posh Uptown and Victory developments, to the old-world elegance and upper-crust attitude of Turtle Creek, to the "real life" feel of largely-suburban North Dallas, it is virtually impossible to neatly categorize Dallas beyond this: it is one of the largest cities in America, and a metro area where more and more people are choosing to work and live every year. With that in mind, you should enjoy visiting Dallas for all the same reasons why others choose to live there.

History

Preceded by thousands of years of varying indigenous cultures, the Caddo people inhabited the Dallas area before Spanish colonists claimed the territory of Texas in the 18th century as a part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Later, France also claimed the area but never established much settlement.

In 1819, the Adams-Onís Treaty between the United States and Spain defined the Red River as the northern boundary of New Spain, officially placing the future location of Dallas well within Spanish territory. The area remained under Spanish rule until 1821, when Mexico declared independence from Spain, and the area was considered part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. In 1836, the Republic of Texas, with majority Anglo-American settlers, gained independence from Mexico to become a distinct nation.

In 1839, Warren Angus Ferris surveyed the area around present-day Dallas. John Neely Bryan established a permanent settlement near the Trinity River named Dallas in 1841. The origin of the name is uncertain. The Republic of Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845 and Dallas County was established the following year. Dallas was formally incorporated as a city on February 2, 1856.

With construction of railroads, Dallas became a business and trading center, and was booming by the end of the 19th century. It became an industrial city, attracting workers from Texas, the South and the Midwest. The Praetorian Buildingof 15 stories, built in 1909, was the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi and the tallest building in Texas for some time. It marked the prominence of Dallas as a city. A racetrack for Thoroughbreds was built and their owners established the Dallas Jockey Club. Trotters raced at a track in Fort Worth, where a similar Drivers Club was based. The rapid expansion of population increased competition for jobs and housing.

In 1921, the Mexican president Álvaro Obregón along with the former revolutionary general visited downtown Dallas' Mexican Park in Little Mexico, the small park was located on the corner of Akard and Caruth Street, site of the current Fairmount Hotel. The small neighborhood of Little Mexico was home to the Hispanic population that had come to Dallas due to factors like the American Dream, better living conditions or the Mexican Revolution.

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Elm Street while his motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. The upper two floors of the building from which alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy, the Texas School Book Depository, have been converted into a historical museum covering the former president's life and accomplishments.

On July 7, 2016, multiple shots were fired at a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas for the death of two black men from other states that were shot and killed by police officers. According to several reports, one sniper from multiple elevated positions began firing at police officers around 8:45 p.m. Thursday night, killing 5 officers and injuring 6. Two protesters were also injured. This marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcements since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The shooter who had been exchanging fire with officers told police he was upset about recent shootings and wanted to kill whites, "especially white officers." After hours of negotiation failed, police resorted to a robot-delivered bomb, killing one of the shooters in a parking garage. The deceased shooter, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, had served as an Army Reservist. Three other suspects were initially arrested. The shootings occurred in an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses, and residential apartments only a few blocks away from Dealey Plaza, the landmark made famous by the Kennedy assassination.

Climate

Being in the American South, Dallas has a subtropical climate with mild winters, hot summers, and a very wet spring and fall in between. In winter and summer it can also be a very dry place, as it receives warmer, drier weather from the Mojave Desert in the west and the Great Plains in the north.

Winters are generally mild, with average highs in the 50s and 60s (10-20 °C) and average lows around the freezing mark. It does snow in Dallas a couple times a year, and there is the rare day where temperatures will not get out of the 30s (0-5 °C), but for the most part winter is just relatively dry and cool. There is, however, the danger of freezing rain and ice storms.

Spring and fall bring very pleasant temperatures, but spring is also known for its storms. With Dallas lying within Tornado Alley, springtime weather can be quite volatile and severe storms often occur. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures often surpassing 100 °F (38 °C).

Average rainfall in Dallas is 37.1 inches (942.3 mm) per year, and average snowfall is about 2.5 inches (63.5 mm) per year.

Climate data for Dallas

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)88
(31)
95
(35)
97
(36)
100
(38)
103
(39)
112
(44)
111
(44)
111
(44)
110
(43)
100
(38)
89
(32)
89
(32)
112
(44)
Mean maximum °F (°C)76.4
(24.7)
80.2
(26.8)
85.6
(29.8)
89.4
(31.9)
95.2
(35.1)
98.2
(36.8)
103.0
(39.4)
103.9
(39.9)
98.8
(37.1)
92.3
(33.5)
82.9
(28.3)
76.8
(24.9)
105.0
(40.6)
Average high °F (°C)56.8
(13.8)
60.8
(16)
68.7
(20.4)
76.7
(24.8)
84.2
(29)
91.6
(33.1)
96.0
(35.6)
96.4
(35.8)
88.7
(31.5)
78.5
(25.8)
67.1
(19.5)
57.5
(14.2)
76.9
(24.9)
Average low °F (°C)37.3
(2.9)
41.1
(5.1)
48.5
(9.2)
56.2
(13.4)
65.4
(18.6)
72.8
(22.7)
76.7
(24.8)
76.8
(24.9)
69.0
(20.6)
58.2
(14.6)
47.6
(8.7)
38.5
(3.6)
57.3
(14.1)
Mean minimum °F (°C)21.7
(−5.7)
24.3
(−4.3)
30.5
(−0.8)
40.2
(4.6)
52.1
(11.2)
63.0
(17.2)
69.7
(20.9)
68.5
(20.3)
53.8
(12.1)
42.3
(5.7)
31.3
(−0.4)
22.9
(−5.1)
16.7
(−8.5)
Record low °F (°C)−3
(−19)
2
(−17)
11
(−12)
30
(−1)
39
(4)
53
(12)
56
(13)
57
(14)
36
(2)
26
(−3)
17
(−8)
1
(−17)
−3
(−19)
Source: NOAA

Geography

Dallas is the county seat of Dallas County. Portions of the city extend into neighboring Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 385.8 square miles (999.3 km2), 340.5 square miles (881.9 km2) of it being land and 45.3 square miles (117.4 km2) of it (11.75%) water. Dallas makes up one-fifth of the much larger urbanized area known as the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, in which one quarter of all Texans live.

Economy

In its beginnings, Dallas relied on farming, neighboring Fort Worth's Stockyards, and its prime location on Native American trade routes to sustain itself. Dallas' key to growth came in 1873 with the building of multiple rail lines through the city. As Dallas grew and technology developed, cotton became its boon and by 1900 Dallas was the largest inland cotton market in the world, becoming a leader in cotton gin machinery manufacturing. By the early 1900s Dallas was a hub for economic activity all over the Southern United States and was selected in 1914 as the seat of the Eleventh Federal Reserve District. By 1925 Texas churned out more than ⅓ of the nation's cotton crop, with 31% of Texas cotton produced within a 100-mile (160 km) radius of Dallas. In the 1930s petroleum was discovered east of Dallas near Kilgore, Texas. Dallas' proximity to the discovery put it immediately at the center of the nation's petroleum market. Petroleum discoveries in the Permian Basin, the Panhandle, the Gulf Coast, and Oklahoma in the following years further solidified Dallas' position as the hub of the market.

The end of World War II left Dallas seeded with a nexus of communications, engineering, and production talent by companies such as Collins Radio Corporation. Decades later, the telecommunications and information revolutions still drive a large portion of the local economy. The city is sometimes referred to as the heart of "Silicon Prairie" because of a high concentration of telecommunications companies in the region, the epicenter of which lies along the Telecom Corridor located in Richardson, a northern suburb of Dallas. The Corridor is home to more than 5,700 companies including Texas Instruments(headquartered in Dallas), Nortel Networks, Alcatel Lucent, AT&T, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Nokia, Rockwell Collins, Cisco Systems, Sprint, Verizon Communications, XO Communications and until recently CompUSA (which is now headquartered in Miami,FL). Texas Instruments, a major manufacturer, employs 10,400 people at its corporate headquarters and chip plants in Dallas.

In the 1980s Dallas was a real estate hotbed, with the increasing metropolitan population bringing with it a demand for new housing and office space. Several of Downtown Dallas' largest buildings are the fruit of this boom, but over-speculation, the savings and loan crisis and an oil bust brought the 80's building boom to an end for Dallas as well as its city sister Houston. Between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, central Dallas went through a slow period of growth. However, since the early 2000s the central core of Dallas has been enjoying steady and significant growth encompassing both repurposing of older commercial buildings in downtown Dallas into residential and hotel uses as well as the construction of new office and residential towers. The opening of Klyde Warren Park, built across Woodall Rodgers Freeway seamlessly connecting the central Dallas CBD to Uptown/Victory Park, has acted synergistically with the highly successful Dallas Arts District so that both have become catalysts for significant new development in central Dallas.

The residential real estate market in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex has not only been resilient but has once again returned to a boom status. Dallas and the greater metro have been leading the nation in apartment construction and net leasing with rents reaching all time highs. Single family home sales, whether pre-owned or new construction, along with home price appreciation are leading the nation.

A sudden drop in the price of oil, starting in mid-2014 and accelerating throughout 2015, has not affected Dallas and its greater metro due to the highly diversified nature of its economy. Dallas, and the DFW metro, continue to see strong demand for housing, apartment and office leasing, shopping center space, warehouse and industrial space with overall job growth remaining very robust. Oil dependent cities and regions have felt significant effects from the downturn but Dallas growth has continued unabated, strengthening in 2015. Significant national headquarters relocations to the area (as exemplified by Toyota's decision to leave California and establish its new North American headquarters in the Dallas region) coupled with significant expansions of regional offices for a variety of corporations and along with company relocations to downtown Dallas are helping drive the current boom in the Dallas economy. Dallas leads Texas' largest cities in Forbes' 2015 ranking of "The Best Place for Business and Careers".

The Dallas-Fort Worth MSA has one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters for publicly traded companies in the United States. Fortune Magazine's 2015 annual list of the Fortune 500 in America indicates the city of Dallas has 9 Fortune 500 companies, and the DFW region as a whole has 21, reflecting the strong growth in the metro economy and up from 18 the year before. In 2007–08, Comerica Bank and AT&T located their headquarters in Dallas. Additional Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Dallas include Energy Transfer Equity, HollyFrontier, Southwest Airlines, Tenet Healthcare, Texas Instruments, Dean Foods, Trinity Industries, and Energy Future Holdings. Irving is home to 6 Fortune 500 companies of its own, including ExxonMobil, the most profitable company in the world and the second largest by revenue for 2015, Kimberly-Clark, Fluor (engineering), Commercial Metals, Celanese, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Additional companies headquartered in the Metroplex include American Airlines, Regency Energy Partners, Atmos Energy, Neiman Marcus, 7-Eleven, Brinker International, Primoris Services, Radio Shack, D.R. Horton, AMS Pictures, id Software, ENSCO Offshore Drilling, Mary Kay Cosmetics,Chuck E. Cheese's, Zales and Fossil. Corporate headquarters in the northern suburb of Plano include HP Enterprise Services, Frito Lay, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and JCPenney. Many of these companies—and others throughout the DFW metroplex—comprise the Dallas Regional Chamber.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization was founded and is headquartered in Dallas.

In addition to its large number of businesses, Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the United States and is also home to the second shopping center ever built in the United States, Highland Park Village, which opened in 1931. Dallas is home of the two other major malls in North Texas, the Dallas Galleria and NorthPark Center, which is the 2nd largest mall in Texas. Both malls feature high-end stores and are major tourist draws for the region.

According to Forbes magazine's annual list of "The Richest People in America" published September 21, 2011, the city itself is now home to 17 billionaires, up from 14 in 2009. In 2009 (with 14 billionaires) the city placed 6th worldwide among cities with the most billionaires. The ranking does not even take into account the 8 billionaires who live in the neighboring city of Fort Worth. In 2013, Forbes also ranked Dallas No. 13 on its list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.

Dallas is currently the third most popular destination for business travel in the United States, and the Dallas Convention Center is one of the largest and busiest convention centers in the country, at over 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2), and the world's single-largest column-free exhibit hall.

Subdivisions

Center

  • Downtown, including the historic West End. Home to a burgeoning residential and nightlife district.
  • Deep Ellum is an old warehouse district that has been turned into collection of bars, restaurants, and loft apartments.
  • Uptown - Immediately east of the Oak Lawn district—a playground and shopping grounds for the beautiful people of the city. Extends from Woodall Rodgers on the south to Haskell on the north, and from Central Expressway on the east to the Katy Trail on the west. Immediately north of Uptown, and sometimes included as part of it, is the Knox Park neighborhood, which includes restaurants and a plethora of upscale home furnishings shops. "Knox/Henderson" is a split personality urban neighborhood worthy of its own designation. The Knox side west of Hwy 75 is the more upscale half, with many restaurants and upscale home decor shops. The Henderson side lagged behind its Knox half, but is now just as trendy, with a more low-key, relaxed vibe. Henderson hot spots now line Henderson all the way from Hwy 75 to Ross. Knox and the western half of Henderson are very pedestrian friendly. Knox/Henderson is just a short walk up the Katy Trail from West Village.

Northeast

  • East Dallas - This is the large area north of I-30 and south of Mockingbird, extending from Central Expressway to White Rock Lake and beyond. The closer-in areas are some of the "streetcar suburbs" built from the teens to '30s, with quaint bungalows and neighborhood strips that are teeming with restaurants, taverns, coffeehouses, wine bars, and vintage shops. A large oasis of laid-back in a sometimes uptight city, homey-but-hip East Dallas is a great place to mingle with locals. Contained within East Dallas is Lower Greenville.
  • Lake Highlands, a largely residential area bordering Garland on the north andb Mesquite on the east.
  • North Dallas and Preston Hollow, including the areas along the south side of northern I-635 loop (LBJ) but extending up around the borders of the North Dallas Tollway and Addison. Made up of several upscale neighborhoods, north of the Park Cities and mostly south of LBJ.
  • Highland Park and University Park. One of the wealthiest areas of the city, the "Park Cities" are mostly residential, but also offer world-class shopping opportunities at Highland Park Village (corner of Mockingbird and Preston) and elsewhere. North Park mall is on the northern edge of the Park Cities. University Park is home to Southern Methodist University (SMU), the Meadows Museum at SMU, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Northwest

  • Northwest Dallas, home to Koreatown and to Dallas Love Field, the city's second biggest airport.
  • Oak Lawn, north of downtown, Oak Lawn includes established Turtle Creek highrise living, a multitude of Parks and restaurants, dense, urban neighborhoods of mostly townhomes, apartments, and condos, and also includes the gay district of Cedar Springs.

South and West

  • Oak Cliff, a large low-income, mainly residential district southwest of downtown. North Oak Cliff or "Kessler Park" is another "streetcar suburb" and is home to upscale homes, from vintage 1930's bungalows, to mid-century modern, to new contemporary. The Bishop Arts District, centered on Bishop and Davis streets, is one of the City's hottest areas for new restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, drawing an eclectic crowd in which the creative class and the gay community are well-represented. North Oak Cliff is a slice of Austin in Dallas.
  • South Dallas, home to the Texas State Fairgrounds, Fair Park is open all year and is home to multiple museums. The Cotton Bowl is at Fair Park, and the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma face off on the gridiron here every year in the fall during the Texas State Fair. The Exposition Park neighborhood across from Fair Park and the DART Fair Park stop, is a little hamlet of hipster bars, clubs, and restaurants.
  • West Dallas is largely a blighted area of poverty, but it does feature the one-of-a-kind Belmont Hotel, which has arguably the best views of downtown. West Dallas is easily connected to the Oak Cliff area, and is poised for re-development as part of the Trinity River Project, and the under-construction Hunt-Hill Bridge across the Trinity River, designed by famed Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava.

Suburbs

Some area attractions often thought of as Dallas attractions are actually located in the suburbs, notably the following:

  • Addison, almost surrounded by North Dallas, has a lot of restaurants and shopping packed into its 4 square miles.
  • Arlington, home to the new Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, and the ballpark of the Texas Rangers.
  • Irving, former home of the Dallas Cowboys' Stadium, it serves as the gateway to the massive DFW airport.
  • The suburbs of Carrollton and Lewisville, north along I-35E have less to offer in terms of attractions, but provide ample tourist accommodations, plenty of restaurants, and are reasonably close to any Dallas destination. The same might be said for Richardson and Plano, which lie north from Dallas along US-75.
  • Grapevine has a nice historic main street area and numerous wineries.

Internet, Comunication
  • Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau [www]

Prices in Dallas

PRICES LIST - USD

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter$0.77
Tomatoes1 kg$2.70
Cheese0.5 kg$7.00
Apples1 kg$2.70
Oranges1 kg$3.05
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$1.35
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$9.50
Coca-Cola2 liters$1.75
Bread1 piece$1.70
Water1.5 l$1.80

PRICES LIST - USD

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2$25.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$50.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$7.00
Water0.33 l$1.35
Cappuccino1 cup$4.00
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$5.00
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$4.00
Coca-Cola0.33 l$1.80
Coctail drink1 drink$10.00

PRICES LIST - USD

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets$20.00
Gym1 month$32.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$17.00
Theatar2 tickets$130.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.16
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$6.50

PRICES LIST - USD

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack$
Tampons32 pieces$7.00
Deodorant50 ml.$2.90
Shampoo400 ml.$4.70
Toilet paper4 rolls$3.20
Toothpaste1 tube$1.50

PRICES LIST - USD

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1$44.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1$34.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1$73.00
Leather shoes1$97.00

PRICES LIST - USD

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter$0.53
TaxiStart$2.40
Taxi1 km$1.60
Local Transport1 ticket$2.50

Tourist (Backpacker)  

75 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

230 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

The Dallas/Fort Worth area is served by two major airports. In addition, Addison Airport (IATA: ADS, FAA LID: ADS), a public airport located in the town of Addison, has various charter flights.


Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

The sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW), halfway between Dallas and Ft. Worth (and so equally inconveniently located to both), is American Airlines' largest hub as well as serving all other major domestic carriers.

Since August 2014, Dallas has a direct light rail connection from DFW Airport to downtown. To get from DFW airport to downtown Dallas, take the SkyTrain inside to Terminal A and follow the signs for the DART light rail. Then take the Orange Line to downtown, where you can transfer to any other line. Alternatively, you can take a DART bus from Terminal A in the opposite direction to CentrePort/DFW Station on the TRE and take a commuter train to downtown Dallas. Be aware, however, that the TRE runs only once an hour during most of the day. Like all major airports in the United States, you can easily hail a cab outside of any terminal by following the signs for the taxi stand.

There are various shared-ride shuttle services available. They offer door to door pickup and drop off and cost ~$30 for ~20 miles, which will get you to most places.

If driving a rental car, try to exit through the South Exit from DFW: a major highway interchange replacement is currently under construction just outside the North Exit, where road closures are currently common and unpredictable. Consider flights that arrive outside of the morning or evening rush hours.


Love Field

Love Field (IATA: DAL). Love Field is within the city limits not far northwest of downtown, and its longstanding flight restrictions ended in October 2014. Its is a focus city for Southwest Airlines.

You can take Love Link 524 from Love Field to the Inwood/Love Field Station of the DART light rail on the Green Line and Orange Line.

There are various shared-ride shuttle services available. They offer door to door pickup and drop off and cost ~$30 for ~20 miles, which will get you to most places.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

There are two Amtrak routes which serve Dallas/Fort Worth:

From Fort Worth, you can reach Dallas via either the Texas Eagle or the TRE Trinity Rail Express commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas with stops at DFW International and Irving.

Amtrak is a relatively slow way to travel. Arriving from Houston involves a train change of five or more hours in San Antonio. However, Amtrak offers views and legroom that you can't get while flying and a unique laid back experience that you can't get while driving. If you want to meet people, taking the train is one of the best ways to do it. That being said, if you're short on time, flying might be a better option.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

  • Greyhound. Bus stop is near the center of downtown at 205 S. Lamar.
  • Buses also run to and from Shreveport on the weekends, which is sponsored by the casinos. This is more for the locals to go and get their gambling fixes, but ask around if you're interested.
  • Megabus. Service from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Memphis, and Little Rock. Bus stop is located at the DART East Transfer Center, 330 N Olive St. Fares from $1 and up.
  • El Expreso. Mexican trans-border bus line, also serves destinations throughout southeastern United States. Bus stop is located at 1050 N. Westmoreland #124 in Dallas.
  • Autobus Americanos. Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico. Bus stop is located at 627 N Westmoreland St in Dallas.
  • Turimex Internacional. Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico. Bus stop is located at 501 E. Jefferson Blvd in Dallas.
  • Omnibus Mexicanos. Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico. Bus stop is located at 201 E. Jefferson Blvd in Dallas.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

To get to Dallas from Oklahoma, take I-35 or US 75 south. To get here from Houston, it's ~250 miles north on I-45 (which turns into US 75). To get here from Austin, take I-35 North. To get here from Louisiana, take I-20 west. Dallas is the junction-point for most cities within a 200-300 mile radius, with good road service to and from. Any map of the United States should have enough information to get you into Dallas with no problems.

However, once you are here, watch out for traffic. Traffic tends to go towards the city centers in the morning, and away from the city centers in the evening. Major choke points are 75 South in the morning (what takes 20 minutes with no traffic, ends up taking 1–2 hours with traffic). I-635 near US-75 is also usually a mess since I-635 (being the beltway that runs all around Dallas) is an often-traveled road. Also watch out for I-35E southbound in the mornings. Roadway construction is also a common occurrence in Dallas and should be budgeted for. The farthest eastern end of the George Bush Turnpike (SH-190), many portions of SH-121, and the central portion of IH-635 are, as of July 2011, either beginning or are currently under major construction.

  • US-75 is also called "Central" or "Central Expressway", and turns into I-45 just south of Downtown
  • I-635 is sometimes called LBJ, which stands for Lyndon B Johnson.
  • There are two branches of I-35. I-35 splits into I-35W at Denton (30 miles north of Dallas) through Fort Worth to Hillsboro (50 miles south of Dallas), and I-35E that runs from Denton through Dallas to Hillsboro. After I-35W and I-35E reach Hillsboro, they simply rejoin as I-35.


Transportation - Get Around

The simplest and most reliable way to get around Dallas is by car. Public transportation, known as Dallas Area Rapid Transit or DART, has an extensive light rail network and system of buses. The light rail hits many tourist destinations in the downtown area, but generally works best for commuters. Buses will get you almost anywhere but will usually require multiple transfers and are a slow way to travel. You can get an excellent trip plan by visiting the DART website or by calling their information phone number (214-979-1111). Tickets consist of either one-way tickets ($1.75 and up) or day passes ($5 at light rail stations) and are generally collected on the honor system; we recommend the day pass because it will probably take you a lot of buses to get where you need to go. Most buses and the entire light rail have service from around 5AM to midnight. There are no after-hours buses. Bus drivers will check tickets upon boarding; light rail trains have infrequent random checks that occur most often during rush hour.

The bus system, not unlike in many large cities, can be quite confusing and trying to get to points downtown may involve a long walk due to one-way streets. The Texas culture and the urban sprawl of the DFW metroplex encourage the use of cars and locals will generally be unable to help you use public transportation. The light rail system consists of four lines, is simple to navigate, and connects to several suburban areas. Car rentals are the most convenient for transportation for visitors, with local companies offering better prices but national chains offering more convenient return policies and locations.

Since August 2014, Dallas has a direct light rail connection from DFW Airport to downtown. To get from DFW airport to downtown Dallas, take the SkyTrain inside to Terminal A and follow the signs for the DART light rail. Then take the Orange Line to downtown, where you can transfer to any other line. Alternatively, you can take a DART bus from Terminal A in the opposite direction to CentrePort/DFW Station on the TRE and take a commuter train to downtown Dallas. Be aware, however, that the TRE runs only once an hour during most of the day. Like all major airports in the United States, you can easily hail a cab outside of any terminal by following the signs for the taxi stand.

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Shopping

Shopping is big in Dallas. In days of yore, folks would come from all over the country to shop in Dallas' exclusive shops.

  • Popular shopping malls include the Galleria in North Dallas, NorthPark Mall, and the West Village in Uptown, among others. A bit further afield is Grapevine Mills in nearby Grapevine. Amazing malls can also be found in Plano and other suburbs.
  • Half-Price Books. Used bookstore chain headquartered in Dallas, offering secondhand books, music and video, with offerings varying by location. The flagship store is in East Dallas, with one other Dallas store and nine more in the Metroplex area.
  • Neiman Marcus was founded in Dallas, supplying dresses and diamonds to debutantes and family scions. The downtown flagship store remains a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, and the NorthPark Mall location is the chain's most successful location.

Restaurants

Areas with high concentrations of restaurants include the following:

  • Beltline Road through Addison and North Dallas, just north of I-635, has perhaps the most restaurants per-capita in the U.S. If there is a type of food you like then you can probably find it there.
  • Greenville Avenue running north to south in East Dallas, has many restaurants along its length, particularly in Lower Greenville.
  • Knox and Henderson streets (the "Knox/Henderson" neighborhood), off US-75Uptown have many laid-back, stylish restaurants.
  • McKinney Avenue, is the heart of Uptown, with a wide variety of quality establishments.
  • The West End in the northwest part of Downtown has a good mix of original local restaurants and successful chain establishments.

Dallas has a good number of its own chain restaurants which have become quite successful in the area, offering unique local flavors.

  • Spring Creek Barbeque. Spring Creek Barbeque has 15 Texas style restaurants across the North Texas area. The menu is very simple. Beef, ham sausage, turkey, chicken, and ribs are available for entrees (you can have combinations also). Side items available are corn, beans, potato salad, cole slaw, and baked potatoes. In addition, fresh homemade bread rolls are served with each dish and more are delivered to your table during each meal. Even with large servings, the most expensive menu is only about $10 so all of the dishes are available at a reasonable price.
  • Cristina's. Several DFW locations. Lunch specials are very reasonably priced. Service across all of the family owned and operated locations is blindingly fast no matter the location. The chips and salsa are arguably some of the freshest and best in the Metroplex. A unique signature menu item is the "Queso Flameado" where the server melts cheese by fire tableside and then wraps the gooey cheesey goodness in several freshly made tortillas.

Main Street in Downtown has seen major improvements over the last few months, with plenty of places to eat and to play. Highly Recommended. Don't forget to stop by the City Tavern for a longneck or two.

Coffe & Drink


Beer/Wine/Liquor Stores

If you're looking to fill a mini-fridge or cooler with your own beverages a bit of planning might be required. Alcohol is only sold in certain parts of the city and in certain suburbs so getting to a liquor store can involve some travel. Also, Texas' liquor laws specify that any store that sells liquor cannot open on Sunday nor stay open after 9PM any other day. Stores that sell beer and wine cannot sell either from 12AM to 12PM on Sunday. A smartphone app that locates liquor stores is very useful as many of those stores in the Dallas area tend to be well inside neighborhoods as opposed to along highways, and hotel desk staff can tell you if you're in a 'wet' or 'dry' area of Dallas. Liquor stores can become quite crowded after 8PM (especially on Saturday) and remember to be extra-alert after dark. In 'wet' areas beer and wine is easily and safely available at grocery stores.

Sights & Landmarks


Outside of Dallas

  • Dallas Cowboys. Dallas' famous football team, plays at AT&T Stadium, a short ways west of Dallas in Arlington
  • Texas Rangers. They are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, specifically in the city ofArlington. Dallas' professional baseball team is the 2010 American League Champions.
  • FC Dallas. Major League Soccer team that plays at Toyota Stadium in the northern suburb of Frisco.
  • Dallas Wings. WNBA (women's basketball) team that moved to the Metroplex in 2016. The Wings had been the Tulsa Shock from 2010 to 2015, and the Detroit Shock before that. They play home games at College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus.

Things to do

  • White Rock Lake. Escape the city bustle for a stroll at this large park in East Dallas. This is really a beautiful getaway, but locals would tell you to avoid driving around here at night—ghosts haunt these waters.
  • Golf - There are a lot of wonderful courses in the Dallas area. The city boasts five municipal courses with reasonable greens fees. Of these, Tenison Highlands in East Dallas and Cedar Crest in South Dallas offer the best test of golf, and can be the most crowded, especially on weekends. There are any number of terrific daily-fee public courses in the D/FW area as well, particularly in the cities of Irving, Grapevine, Lewisville, and The Colony

Festivals and events

The most notable event held in Dallas is the State Fair of Texas, which has been held annually at Fair Park since 1886. The fair is a massive event, bringing in an estimated $350 million to the city's economy annually. The Red River Shootout, which pits the University of Texas at Austin against The University of Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl also brings significant crowds to the city. The city also hosts the State Fair Classic and Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl.

Other well-known festivals in the area include several Cinco de Mayo celebrations hosted by the city's large Mexican American population, and Saint Patrick's Day parade along Lower Greenville Avenue, Juneteenth festivities, Taste of Dallas, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, the Greek Food Festival of Dallas, the annual Halloween event "The Wake" featuring lots of local art and music, and two annual events on Halloween include; a Halloween parade on Cedar Springs Road and a "Zombie Walk" held in Downtown Dallas in the Arts District.

With the opening of Victory Park, WFAA Channel 8 has begun to host an annual New Year's Eve celebration in AT&T Plaza that the television station hopes will reminisce of celebrations in New York'sTimes Square, and on New Year's Eve 2011 set a new record of 32,000 people in attendance. Also, several Omni hotels in the Dallas area host large events to welcome in the new year including murder mystery parties, rave inspired events, and other events.

Nightlife

The area bound by Haskell on the north, Woodall Rogers Freeway on the south, Turtle Creek on the west and Central Expressway on the east is where Dallas' beautiful people go to see and be seen. Trendy to the nth degree, this neighborhood contains very upscale fashionable clubs. Some of the hottest clubs, Medici, the Candleroom, and Sense are private. If you want to check out one of these places be sure to go with someone that is a member or have a concierge call ahead for you. Wish and Republic are also cool nightspots, with no membership required. No shorts, jeans, team jerseys, tennis shoes, or flip-flops.


Neighborhoods

  • West End - This is an attractive enough historic neighborhood with buildings in a turn-of-the-century redbrick vernacular—the notorious Book Depository is one of them—in the northwest quadrant of downtown. The area is mostly popular with suburbanites and tourists out for dinner and a quick stroll around the neighborhood but has a number of bars as well.
  • Deep Ellum is a district of bars, dance clubs, music venues and tattoo shops. located just east of downtown on Main, Elm and Commerce streets. It is a hipster haven for young people and a weekend destination for music lovers of all ages. Lately, it has been stigmatized by a purported "crime wave," be sure to go in groups if you go on a weeknight.
  • Uptown and McKinney Ave - This is where Dallas' beautiful people go to see and be seen. Trendy to the nth degree, this neighborhood contains very upscale fashionable clubs.
  • Lower Greenville has many older drinking establishments.
  • Downtown is home to a burgeoning nightlife district and upscale restaurants
  • Addison has some famous drinking spots tucked in amongst its many restaurants, notably The Flying Saucer.

Gentlemen's Clubs

If you are so inclined, Dallas has an overabundance of "Gentlemen's Clubs." Most of these places are nice and safe, and usually located off the Highway 35 and Northwest Highway area. Bring cash along or go to an ATM beforehand—if using a credit card, you have to sign the tabs in triplicate with a photocopy of your ID. One can have a good time for $100–$200 at all the clubs, but if you want to spend more, the ladies will certainly help you do so. Here is a list of some of the clubs starting with the nicest ones.

  • The Lodge - Has a safari motif inside and actually has good food too.
  • The Men's Club - A nice club with pretty girls. The best night is Thursday.
  • Silver City - Good club.
  • Baby Doll's - An enormous club that sells more alcohol than any other bar in Texas. Has pretty decent priced drinks for a gentlemen's club.
  • Million Dollar Saloon - A lot of history behind this place. Really the first of its kind in Dallas or all of Texas.
  • The Clubhouse - Owned and operated by surviving members of Pantera; Frequented by all walks of life in Dallas; BYOB; Full frontal

Additional Resources

The Dallas Observer is the local alternative weekly. You can pick up a free copy at many places around town. It is full of useful information on Dallas nightlife and its music-scene offerings.

Safety in Dallas

Stay Safe


Go out with a group at night and valet your car so that you don't have to walk far at the end of the night. If you are downtown after dark, there is a fairly large number of homeless people in the area. Uptown and North Dallas are generally safe after dark, but South Side is generally a little bit rougher around the edges than the north sides. Also, avoid driving on the highways on the weekends after 2AM as it can be unnerving with all the bars and clubs kicking everyone out at that time, so most of the drivers have been drinking and are in a hurry to get home. Cafe Brazil, with multiple locations, is a 24-hour restaurant that has decent food, much better than Denny's or IHOP, and is a good place to wait out the rush or if you're just hungry late at night.

If you are Downtown during the night hours, it is strongly suggested that avoid the Government District, particularly near City Hall. This place is not dangerous in itself, but there are a lot of homeless people running about. Stick to the West End.

In the South Dallas area (South Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove), try to avoid anywhere south of the Trinity River, with the exception of far North Oak Cliff and the Bishop Arts District. South Dallas is mostly low-income, high-crime residential area that should not be ventured into, especially at night. There is also nothing to see here except the Texas Theater, where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured, which is safe to see during the day.

In the unlikely event that you fall victim to identity theft while visiting Dallas, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operates a major field office in Dallas.

It is best to avoid dawdling about in South Dallas at night—know where you are going and stay there. It is safer generally during the State Fair of Texas, but avoid wandering too far away. Fair Park is also safe and tourist-friendly during the daytime; however, it is closed during night hours.

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