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Dallas, Texas, USA — Overview for Travelers

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Dallas in a nutshell

In Downtown Dallas, you will find numerous hotels, shops, restaurants and cultural activities, with most of the latter taking place in the renowned Arts District. Downtown is also the historical center of the city; it is here that Dallas’ first settlers planted their roots, so there is plenty to see of local historical significance. The new Light Rail line links the city center with the zoo to the south and shopping to the north.

The West End is “Dallas’ Downtown Playground,” a multi-block area of turn-of-the-century storefronts and warehouses that have been transformed into more than 100 shops, restaurants, galleries and nightclubs. Vintage streetlights, horse drawn surreys and street performers add to the fun and nostalgia of the area.

Nearby, Deep Ellum is the heart of Dallas’ bohemian culture. Deep Ellum gets its name from the way local residents pronounced this part of Elm Street during the early 20th century. At that time, this was a center of African-American life and culture and was one of the nation’s leading producers of blues artists and music. Today it is known for its wild collection of restaurants, galleries and boutiques, as well as clubs with live music ranging from rock-a-billy to heavy metal.

From Deep Ellum, it’s just a short drive to Fair Park, a cultural and architectural treasure. Fair Park has been the site of the State Fair of Texas for more than 100 years, and in 1936 was the site of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration. That event left Dallas with the nation’s largest collection of art deco buildings, as well as a splendid setting for festivals and events year-round. The park also is home to Dallas’ largest collection of museums, including The Science Place and an IMAX? Theater.

An eclectic mixture of food, fashion and fun is on Greenville Avenue, a lively and bustling corridor that stretches from near Downtown into northeast Dallas and is a playground for many young professionals that live in the area. From Ross Avenue to Mockingbird Lane, Greenville is residential neighborhoods broken up by quaint strip centers with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, clubs and pubs.

Uptown, history, art, chic fashion, fine dining and rock & roll are all found on McKinney Avenue, just north of Downtown. The McKinney Avenue area is accessible from Downtown by the McKinney Avenue Trolley, a historic streetcar that rolls up the red brick avenue between restaurants, galleries, boutiques and clubs, including Dallas’ Hard Rock Café. The neighborhood also is in the heart of Dallas’ antique district, with many shops located in historic houses. A few blocks away is the Quadrangle, a unique shopping and dining center.
The elegant charm of Swiss Avenue is a wonderful place to take an afternoon drive or an evening stroll; architectural styles vary from Prairie to Art Deco and from Tudor to Spanish Renaissance. It was on Swiss Avenue that some of Dallas’ early wealthy residents spread out in large brick and stone mansions. During the holidays, the avenue boasts one of the city’s best displays of colorful lights and decorations.

Highland Park is cut from north to south by Turtle Creek, which creates a quiet oasis of green grass, small lakes and stunning flowers just blocks from the hustle and bustle of the city. Highland Park is an enclave of large homes on shady, manicured streets just minutes from Downtown Dallas. Another focal point of the community is Highland Park Village, a quaint shopping center noted for its trendy shops and old world architecture.

Top 10 Sightseeing & Attractions

  • Sixth Floor Museum
  • JFK Memorial
  • Pioneer Plaza
  • Dallas Arboretum
  • Old City Park
  • Reunion Tower
  • Mesquite Championship Rodeo
  • Southfork Ranch
  • The Dallas World Aquarium
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Sixth Floor Museum
  • JFK Memorial
  • Pioneer Plaza
  • Dallas Arboretum
  • Old City Park
  • Reunion Tower
  • Mesquite Championship Rodeo
  • Southfork Ranch
  • The Dallas World Aquarium
  • Dallas Zoo

Read more in our article: Dallas, Texas, USA — Sightseeing & Attractions

Weather

In the summer months, the thermometer can climb above 40 degrees. Even if these are not the average temperatures, Dallas has experienced downright heat waves of 40 degrees C for weeks in recent years. July and August are the months with the least rainfall, which is not high anyway. There are real dry periods.

Best time to visit
High season for visitors is summer. The most pleasant travel time is spring and autumn, as it can get very hot in midsummer.

Average temperatures in degrees Celsius for Dallas (bracket values are Fahrenheit)

MonthMax Celsius (Fahrenheit)Min Celsius (Fahrenheit)
Jan13,3 (56)2,3 (36)
Feb15,5 (60)3,5 (38)
Mar19,4 (67)7,2 (45)
Apr23,8 (75)12,7 (55)
May28,3 (83)17,2 (63)
Jun32,7 (91)22,2 (72)
Jul35 (95)23,8 (75)
Aug35 (95)23,8 (75)
Sep31 (88)19,4 (67)
Oct26,1 (79)13,9 (57)
Nov18,8 (66)6,6 (44)
Head14,4 (58)3,4 (38)

7-Day Forecast: 7-Day Forecast 32.78N 96.8W (weather.gov)

Essentials & Data

Area
384 square miles (618 qkm)

Public transportation
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART): DART.org – Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Population
City of Dallas – 1,304,379 (2020 U.S. Census)
1,197,816 (2010 U.S. Census)
Dallas/Fort Worth area – ca. 5,5 million

Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth Internat’l Airport (DFW), 18 mi NW. of downtown
With its central location, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
and a superior support system, Dallas enjoys great accessibility.
DFW International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, provides travel to any North American city in four hours or less.
Web: Welcome to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (dfwairport.com)

Elevation
450-750 feet (137-228,6 m)

Visitor Center
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
1807 Ross Ave, Ste 450
Web: Dallas TX (visitdallas.com)

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