Dallas is a city in the United States, located in northeastern Texas on the Trinity River, the administrative center of the district of the same name. Together with Fort Worth and other cities in the metropolitan area (Arlington, Duncanville, Garland, Denton, Irving, Mesquite and Plano), it constitutes a major metropolis Dallas / Fort Worth, which is considered the first city in Texas and the 9th largest in the United States.
How to get to Dallas
Dallas is served by two major commercial airports: Dallas-Fort-Worth International, known as DFW International, and Dallas-Love Field, as well as Dallas-Executive within the city and Addison Airport, located in one of the northern suburbs of Dallas Addison. Two more airports are located in the northern suburb of Dallas McKinney, and the other two – in the western part of the metropolis.
From the airport to the center of Dallas or Fort Worth, you can take a free transfer to Trinity Rail Express station, from where the train will reach the city center in just 20 minutes. The ticket costs about 2.7 USD. Prices on the page are as of September 2018.
There are two rail routes: Dallas / Fort Worth between San Antonio and Chicago, and Heartland Flyer between Dallas / Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.
To get from Oklahoma, choose the I-35 or US 75 South. If you are traveling from Houston, you need to drive approximately 250 miles north on I-45, which later turns into US 75. I-35 North leads from Austin to Dallas. To get from Louisiana, you must follow I-20 to the west.
In Dallas, in the morning the main movement is directed towards the center of the city, and in the evening from the center. The main difficulties in the morning arise on the US 75 South (so-called Central) highway, where you can spend up to 2 hours instead of 20 minutes along the free highway.
There are two branches of the I-35: it diverges from I-35W to Denton (30 miles north of Dallas) via Fort Worth to Hillsboro (50 miles south of Dallas), and I-35E, which runs from Denton via Dallas to Hillsboro.
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Weather in Dallas
Dallas is located on the lands of the prairies of the Midwest, where tornadoes are frequent. In the spring, the cold front, moving from Canada, is confronted with warm, moist air masses coming from the Gulf of Mexico. When they meet over Dallas, there is a strong storm with a spectacular show of lightning, rain, hail and tornadoes.
The climate of the city is humid subtropical, although in the summer hot dry northwest winds come to this part of Texas. In winter, they are replaced by cold air masses, and then the temperature drops below zero. Every winter for one or two days it snows, and at this time the roads are extremely dangerous for drivers. Nevertheless, winters in Dallas are considered mild enough compared to other parts of Texas and other states. Sometimes they are called “protracted Indian summer.”
Dallas Public Transportation – Area Rapid Transit (DART) – oversees bus and train routes and dedicated traffic lanes for cars. This company launched high-speed trams in 1996, and since then the lines and routes have been increasing.
There are two tram lines in the city. The red line goes from the south of Dallas through the center towards the northern suburbs – Richardson and Plano. The blue line goes from southern Dallas through the center towards the suburb of Garland. Branches run parallel over several miles. In the zone of their intersection there is the only city-city underground tram station in the southwestern United States. “Light rail” transport runs in many tourist places in the city center. Buses run almost everywhere, but as a rule, several transfers are required, and this type of transportation is the slowest.
Tickets are of two types: either for two hours (from 2.50 USD), or for the whole day (about 5 USD) – this is more profitable, as you often have to transfer to other routes. Most buses and city rail transport operate from 5 am until midnight. At peak times, controllers can check tickets.
The most convenient way to get around the city is a rented car and a taxi, for example, Dallas Taxi or Dallas Yellow Cab.
Restaurants and Dallas cuisine
Dallas is known for its barbecue and tex-mex – regional American cuisine. Dallasians love a tasty and satisfying meal, so there is a huge number of cafes and restaurants in the city, in which everyone will find what he likes.
- Blue Mesa Grill owners Jim and Liz Barons prefer local farms and producers, so the products are always fresh. Every Wednesday from 11:00 to 14:00 enchiladas from local chickens and goat cheese wrapped in flat bread are served here.
- The main concept of the restaurant The Garden Cafe – products are grown right in the garden: corn, green beans, carrots, potatoes and greens. The average cost of a meal is 11 USD.
- The best order at Amore Cafe is hot cannelloni stuffed with ricotta cheese, ground beef and spinach.
- Toni’s is a family-run restaurant by the lake, loved by locals. Parents order fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti bolognese (6.95 USD), and children under 12 will receive a piece of raw dough to play with it while they are waiting for their portion of pizza.
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Entertainment and Attractions of Dallas
In the zoo of Dallas in 8000 aviaries live about 380 species of animals. Of these, 80 are African, including anteaters and tapirs, and a giraffe meets guests at the entrance to the zoo. Address: Dallas, TX 75203. Opening hours – from 9:00 to 17:00; Adult ticket – 15 USD, for pensioners (over 64 years old) and children from 3 to 11 years old – 12 USD, for kids under 3 years old – for free. Learn about thematic exhibitions and discounts can be on the website of the zoo.
In the Dallas World aquarium there are a lot of aquatic inhabitants: rarely found manatees in nature, as well as jellyfish, octopuses, various fish, crocodiles, sharks and many others. Address: Dallas, 1801 N. Griffin St., West End. Opening hours – from 9:00 to 17:00, ticket prices from 15 to 21 USD, detailed information on exhibitions and prices on the aquarium website (English).
“Six Flags Over Texas” (Six Flags Over Texas) is a park with hundreds of attractions, including many family shows and entertainment for children. In the park Glow In The Park arranged light and sound shows. Mode of operation: summer – every day, spring and autumn – only on weekends. Entry fee – from 57 USD, details about attractions and discounts on the park’s website (English).
The Arboretum and Botanical Garden are 66 hectares of gardens and groves that will impress the whole family. It hosts open-air concerts, festivals and educational events. Opening hours: daily 10:00 – 17:00. Ticket price: adults – 15 USD, children – 10 USD, children under 2 years old – free of charge. Parking costs 15 USD. All about excursions on the site of the Arboretum (English).
The Art Museum of Dallas features about 23,000 works of art from antiquity to the present day. Among other things in the museum you can see the work of Edward Manet and Paul Gauguin. Inspection of permanent exposure is free. Once a month, something like the Night of Museums is held, when it is possible to inspect the collection until midnight, but tickets cost from 10 USD. More information about the museum’s collection and timetable can be found on the website (English).
You can also visit the Museum of Modern Art – admission is free for all, opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00.