I haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting Dallas, and the last time I was in Texas at all was probably when I was in elementary school. But I have a blogger friend, What Taylor Likes, who hails from Dallas so I asked her to share the best of Dallas with us! She created this Dallas Travel Guide for us and honestly her passion for her city just jumps off the page, after reading this I’m ready to go visit Dallas tomorrow! Well I think I have dinner plans tomorrow so it might have to wait a little, but trust me when I say that Taylor will make you want to visit Dallas too. Read on for Taylor’s take on this Dallas Travel Guide:
Dallas Travel Guide
Welcome to Texas where everything is BIGGER and BETTER! As a native Texan I can say that the city of Dallas fully embraces this saying. The nightlife is BIG! The dining is BIG! The houses are BIG! So be prepared to have a BIG experience! There are numerous things to do, places to be, food to eat and events to go to. So, go BIG or go home.
When To Visit
Dallas, Texas gets uncomfortably hot in the summer months. I am talking blazing hot! The best time to visit the city is between September and November when temperatures are cooler. I highly recommend visiting Dallas when the State Fair opens in late September. The Texas State Fair is quintessential to Dallas and is the most highly attended fair in America. Book your accommodations and reservations at least two months in advance because the city attracts a lot of tourists during the fair and college football season.
How To Get There
Dallas can be reached by plane. You can fly directly in to Dallas Love-Field or Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport. If you would like to rent a car to get around the “Big D,” feel free. The city, however, recently expanded their rail mass transit system! You can now travel to different neighborhoods around the metroplex for only $5.00 a day for adults. I recommend taking the light rail from the airport to your hotel if you are staying close to Downtown/Uptown Dallas. If you want to visit cities outside of Dallas, please be aware that you will need to take a taxi or rent a car.
Where To Stay
Throw a dart and you will find a decent hotel to stay at in Dallas. Popular and chic hotels are sprinkled around town. For modestly priced hotels, I recommend Hotel Indigo and The Magnolia. These boutique hotels are centrally located in Downtown Dallas. Now if you are really splurging, my top suggestions are The Joule Dallas and Hotel Zaza. The Joule is a 1920’s neo-Gothic landmark adjacent to the Dallas Arts District and Neiman Marcus. Hotel Zaza offers concepts suites, bungalows and the over-the-top deluxe suites.
What To Do
Whether you’re are a sports fan, outdoorsy or an art lover, Dallas is a city that has something for everybody to enjoy. If you visit during the fall months, you must go to The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and experience the beauty of the fall season. The garden holds an event called Autumn at the Arboretum and it was named as one of the sixteen most beautiful public gardens to visit! I love walking around Arboretum during this time because there are so many breathtaking colors and fall blooming plants to see. After you walk the garden, continue to enjoy Dallas’ green spaces by spending a peaceful afternoon at the Klyde Warren Park. The park is built on 5.2 acres on top of a downtown Dallas freeway. The Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and retail store are only steps away from the park.
Where To Eat
I love Dallas because the city, surprisingly, offers more than just BBQ! Head over to Trinity Groves to enjoy a vast array of restaurants located in one location in West Dallas. Trinity Groves offers a relaxed atmosphere, great patios, and beautiful views of the city. This area is great because you can find Italian, Asian, American or Mediterranean cuisine all in one place. There is even a modern Vegan restaurant that has the best cheap comfort food!
If you are exploring Dallas for the first time, you also have to eat Tex Mex. I recommend going to Pepe & Mito’s, Mattito’s or Avila’s for great mole sauce, fresh tortillas and amazing brunches!
For a more sophisticated meal take an elevator up 560 feet to Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck at the Reunion Tower! You can feast at this Asian restaurant while enjoying a 360-degree view. I love this restaurant because it has floor-to-ceiling windows and the room spins! You can literally view the every part of the city while eating your favorite dish. *If you don’t want to eat, no worries! Head on up to the observation level to see the sights for $16 for adults.
Where To Drink
Dallas is rapidly growing the amount breweries in the city. There are many breweries in Dallas that offer cheap tours during the day. I personally love to visit the Deep Ellum Brewing Company. As a tour goer, you receive a brewery glass and one complimentary beer. You can also hear live music and learn how beer is made.
To enjoy a drink with a view before you head out to experience Dallas’ Nightlife, be sure to go to NYLO Hotel’s Rooftop Soda Bar. The Bar is located in the perfect place because it provides you with a gorgeous view of the Dallas skyline. Grab a cocktail, lounge by pool and take in all the views. Once you are prepped for the night, head out to Billy Bob’s Texas and party like a Texan! Billy Bob’s Texas is a historic indoor rodeo arena with a dance floor and riding bulls. There you can enjoy beer, take free Line Dance lessons and hear top country, blues and rock artists perform.
I am sure you will not get to fully experience all of Dallas in one short visit because the city is so BIG! Hopefully these tips will give you a little taste of the city and awaken your desire for more. Plan on a return visit to do more activities, see other landmarks and eat more!! Dallas is the center of several suburbs that offers even more adventures. It is relatively inexpensive to be a tourist here if thorough planning and coordination is done beforehand.
Guest post by: What Taylor Likes
Hi! My name is Taylor and I am the author of a lifestyle blog called What Taylor Likes. I am a twenty-something, born and raised in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. I enjoy anything related to my faith, family, fitness and food. I wholeheartedly live by the phrase, “Your life is happening now. Make it amazing!” My recent employment and graduation from college has effectively pushed me into the early phases of adulthood. You can come along with me as I navigate my post-graduate journey by following my blog and social media outlets.