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Welcome to Dallas, TX
Many people visit Dallas because of the city's tragic legacy as the assassination site of President John F. Kennedy. Dallas has learned to accept its role in history, offering a museum that pays tribute to JFK's life and legacy and restoring the memorial in his honor. But the city is also learning how to entertain and charm its visitors. Beyond the Schoolbook Depository and the Grassy Knoll, visitors will find an evolving Arts District, flashy Victory Park, a couple of entertainment districts, an improving Downtown, neighborhoods filled with notable architecture and beautiful landscaping, and myriad shopping and dining opportunities.The city offers the quintessential Lone Star experience to those who want it -- barbecue and steaks, cowboy boots and live country music at Gilley's. However, Dallas is not stuck in the past. The city practically invented high-end department store shopping with Neiman Marcus, and an impressively sized Arts District. Head to Dallas to see the Texas you read about as a kid, but be prepared for a grown-up surprise. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore
Things You Can’t Miss
Join the healthy people of Dallas and head to the Katy Trail, a lovely and leafy paved trail that cuts through the downtown and connects its larger parks.
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Dallas has its share of star chefs, but I love the food of Dean Fearing. He’s a kind man with a huge heart, and you can taste that in every dish he makes.
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I love to stay where I can window-shop and dream my way into a more sophisticated wardrobe. Oak Lawn and its shops are glamour central, Dallas style.
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Who said shopping isn’t a cultural experience? Obviously not someone who’s been to Highland Park Village—the country's first self-contained shopping center.
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A highlight of this 7.5-acre botanical garden is the tropical Butterfly House & Insectarium. Be there at noon for the release of newly emerged specimens.
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Just outside Dallas lies the proud home of all things rodeo. Put on a ten-gallon hat and get there early for a fitting pre-rodeo meal in the BBQ pavilion.
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You can't miss this striking sandstone building, which originally served as the Dallas County Courthouse, and is now a fascinating museum of local history.
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The recently unveiled new home of the Perot Museum is a truly eye-catching addition to Dallas. Venture inside, and interact with the wonderful exhibits.
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