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An Introduction to Dallas
Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the U.S. with more than 1.2 million residents and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Home to five professional sports teams, Dallas plays hard in every season. In addition to sports, the city offers a wide range of shopping centers, museums, cultural activities and economic development.

 

Did You Know?
Home to a lively nightlife, the frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas, TX. Inspired by a Slurpee machine, Restaurateur Mariano Martinez converted a soft-serve ice-cream machine into a bartender's staple.

 

Can't-miss Dallas Attractions

The first thing you'll notice as you drive into Dallas is Reunion Tower, a 560-foot-tall structure with a 360-degree observation deck. After a tour of the tower, set your sights on one of the city's 27 colleges and universities or trot over to Pioneer Plaza to view Trail Drive, one of the largest bronze statues in the world depicting three cowboys and 49 larger-than-life steers.

 

 

Neighborhoods and Apartments in Dallas
As the third-largest city in the Lone Star state, Dallas offer a wealth of neighborhood choices for those seeking the perfect apartment. New to the Big D? Here are our top picks for the best places to live in Dallas, TX:

 

  • Downtown Dallas delivers big-city style for those who love to walk to museums, shops and restaurants.
  • Check out the new developments in Oak Cliff, one of the city's first master-planned communities.
  • Old East Dallas, the city's most historic neighborhood, is home to architectural gems (think Queen Anne and Neoclassical styles).
  • Deep Ellum in Northeast Dallas is home to the blues, artsy cafes and hip neighbors.
  • Uptown draws renters who appreciate the great outdoors and being near the Katy Trail.
  • M Streets - Vickery Place is a pricey choice, but its schools are first-rate.
  • Greenway Park offers upscale townhomes surrounded by stately trees.
  • Melshire Estates is a close-knit community on the border of Jamestown Park in North Dallas.
  • Lower Greenville appeals to renters who love being able to walk to their favorite bar and restaurant.
  • The Design District draws trendy renters who cherish the community's eclectic nature.
  • The Lake Highlands neighborhood is affordable and close to White Rock Lake.
  • Pleasant Grove, to the southeast, combines affordable apartments and easy access to transit hubs.

 

Public Transportation
Highly driveable, Dallas sits at the confluence of four major interstates, but many Dallas residents prefer to walk, bike or hop aboard the DART public transit system.

 

Fun Things to Do in Dallas
Stop and smell the roses in the 19 gardens at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a 66-acre oasis just outside the city. To get your adrenaline pumping, go to American Airlines Center to watch a Dallas Mavericks basketball game or Dallas Stars hockey match.

 

For Families with Kids
Dallas is home to the best high schools in the state, including the U.S. News & World Report pick for #1 magnet school in the country. When you want to reward your kids for their academic achievement, take them to Adventure Landing amusement park, Dallas Zoo or the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, ranked one of the best things to do in Dallas by TripAdvisor.

 

Top 5 Dallas Adventures
Everything's bigger in Texas, so we've narrowed down the mile-long list of Dallas adventures. Don't miss these attractions:

  • For a local taste of Texas, visit the world's largest honky tonk at Billy Bob's Texas, featuring a live bull-riding show and what might be the best barbecue around. With 30+ bar stations and live music, you won't want to miss a night at Billy Bob's.
  • Spend the day walking and shopping at the city's premier shopping mall, Galleria Dallas. This retail epicenter boasts major department stores and local goods, as well as restaurants and an ice-skating rink. During the winter holiday season, it features the nation's tallest indoor Christmas tree.
  • Experience the art of Picasso and Pollock at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The museum displays a wealth of post-World War II and contemporary artwork within its five glass pavilions. The collection includes more than 3,000 pieces by such noted artists as Nancy Graves, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.
  • Offering a guided tour of the JFK Memorial, Dealey Plaza, Thanksgiving Park and other historical sites, a private Segway tour is a special way to see Dallas.
  • A visit to Dallas isn't complete without a trip to AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Fun fact: AT&T Stadium is the largest covered stadium in the world and one of the most visited landmarks for dedicated NFL fans.

 

The Great Outdoors in Dallas
Get your fill of thrills at Trinity Forest Adventure Park, an all-ages rope course situated southeast of the city, or find free things to do outdoors at one of the many city parks. Kylde Warren Park is highly recommended for its whimsical playgrounds, ping-pong tables, putting greens and dog-friendly areas.

 

Weekend Getaways from Dallas
When you need to get away for the weekend, pack your sunscreen and drive 6.5 hours to the beaches of Port Aransas or Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi. The coastal resort city of Galveston is about five hours away from Dallas, and you can reach the vibrant streets of Austin in three hours.