As the ninth-largest city in the US with 1.3 million people, Dallas is the largest metropolitan area in the United Stated without a navigable sea link. Flights to Dallas are made easy by DFW International Airport, which is the world's third busiest airport. In addition, Dallas Love Field Airport is another option for Dallas flights; conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown Dallas and used mostly for short-haul flights from within the United States. For travellers who use private jets and helicopters for flights to Dallas, Addison Airport and a heliport in the central business district will suit.
After arriving on your Dallas flight, there are many transportation options to get to your final destination, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) operates to and from both the DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport. Another option is the M-Line Streetcar, also known as the McKinney Avenue Trolley, that connects the bustling Uptown neighbourhood with the Dallas Arts District downtown. There are also a lot of car rentals available in the metro area of Dallas for visitors who prefer to drive themselves around Dallas. There are also yellow cabs equipped with GPS for quick response and Cowboy Cab, which is one of the most requested cabs in the Metroplex.
When it comes to attractions, Dallas has it all. The largest urban arts district in the US and some 13 entertainment districts not to mention year-round sports all find a home in this enormous city. The Dallas art district provides museums and regular art performances to keep visitors interested. Another attraction is the Dallas County Historical Plaza, which is a few blocks from the spot where JFK's motorcade slowly rolled by the Texas School Book Depository. The Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park recreates a late-19th-century village, complete with a redbrick Main Street, Victorian homes, a log cabin dating from 1847 and Old West standards such as a train depot, general store, one-room church, schoolhouse, bank (said to have been robbed by Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s) and law offices. The Dallas Zoo is also worth a visit along with attractions at the Nasher Sculpture Centre, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Arboretum and the Botanical Garden.
Make your airfare to Dallas worthwhile and enjoy this shopping paradise. Check out Greenville Avenue for an array of funky shops, including antiques dealers and vintage clothing stores. Another option is West Village, an outdoor, European-style mall, full of chic shops, restaurants, bars and a movie theatre at the north end of McKinney Avenue. Dallas' answer to Bond Street can also be found on Mockingbird Lane at Preston Road.
A night out in Dallas won't disappoint, as there are a lot of performing arts and theatres to entertain, not to mention the many bars and clubs. Dallas Alley, in the West End has a lot of bars and restaurants for mingling with locals.
Dining in Dallas can be an experience and the city has a place for every cuisine to cater for the many tourists who visit. Try Adelmo's Ristorante in the Knox-Henderson corridor for Italian food, Ali Baba Café near the Lakewood Theatre for middle eastern food, Bob's Steak & Chop House for the best steaks you'll ever eat and Peggy Sue BBQ for all the BBQ food you can manage.
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