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First Time Dallas Trip

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First Time Dallas Trip

To celebrate two friends 40th birthdays, we (3 couples) are flying to Dallas on 9/29 and leaving 10/2. The main focus of the trip is the Cowboys/Bears game (each bday boy is a fan of one of those teams).

I've been reading the forums trying to decide where to stay, transportation, etc.

From what I gather (please help correct me if I'm wrong!) - it should either be in the Fort Worth area or Uptown Dallas. Other than the game, the only thing I know someone wants to do is The Texas Book Depository/Sixth Floor Museum. I would love some shopping.

Also, if I understand right, a car wouldn't be needed in Fort Worth and they have transportation to Irving for the games. In one of the articles on TA I read that a car is a must in Dallas but that navigating the city is hard because of the lack of directional/street signs. But I also read that DART is good. And that the Trinity Railway Express runs from Dallas to Fort Worth, except on Sundays.

So I'm a little confused! We are three couples in our early 40s. We love good food. Music and a fun non 'meat market' bar would be great. Shopping.

What do you suggest Dallas/Fort Worth experts?

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1. Re: First Time Dallas Trip

I'm impressed with the amount of knowledge you have of the D/FW area, including transportation. You've really done your homework and have everything pretty spot on, with a few necessary tweeks!

If you do not plan to rent a car, I would opt for home-basing in FW (Sundance Square) for the simple reason they ran a Cowboy shuttle to the game and back last year... I'd imagine they'll do the same this year, but call to confirm. From last year: the-t.com/BusService/…Default.aspx

http://www.sundancesquare.com/

While in FW, visit the FW Stockyards. Once a working stockyard stopover on the Chisholm Trail, it's now a walk around area for tourists, but the architecture remains as well as a museum, weekend night rodoes, shopping and eats, including the White Elephant Saloon and Billy Bob's Texas. You can take advantage of The-T to and from downtown. http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/Index.aspx

mollythetrolley.com/stockyards_shuttle.html

Football Note: The Cowboys used to play in Irving. Now, they play in Arlington, which is dead center between Dallas and FW on I-30. Ranger Stadium's parking lot adjoins Cowboy stadium parking if anyone is interested in a tour.

The Trinity Rail Express (TRE) is an excellent means of transport between Dallas and FW, but UNDERSTAND as a commuter rail, there is NO service on Sunday (that's ok, you'll be at the game) and the schedule ends prior to midnight through the week and on Saturday. Still, it beats renting a car to drive to Dallas for the day. Both cities terminus will land you in the respective downtown. The 6th Floor Museum (West End) is walkable from Union Station in Dallas. www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/index.html

Once in Dallas, you are correct in thinking of DART - the light rail is not as sophisticated as many cities - bus routes augment areas not directly serviced by the rail. http://www.dart.org/

Shopping - Northpark Center is the matriarch mall of Dallas via Dart and Dart

Shuttle. http://www.dart.org/riding/npshuttle.asp

Dallas eats and shopping - West Village through Uptown on the McKinney Ave Trolly, free, donations accepted - http://www.mata.org/

http://www.westvil.com/

http://www.uptowndallas.net/About.aspx

As to driving in Dallas. I not sure about "lack of directional/street signs". I've NEVER know that to be a problem. With few exceptions, most all streets and highways run E/W/N/S, so if you know the highway #'s and get lost, keep driving and you're bound to bump into a highway you know. My biggest problem when I was learning Dallas is quite of few of the streets change names from one block to the next and you don't know it. EX - Preston Rd automagically becomes Oak Lawn or Turtle Creek Blvd becomes Cedar Springs (southbound) which does a kind of right angle turn to become Cedar Springs (northwestbound). Just odd. But I'm sure all cities (except maybe Chicago) has mapping issues - NOLA comes to mind.

Hope this has helped.

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2. Re: First Time Dallas Trip

I just got back from a trip to Dallas. I didn't find it too difficult to get around - but I have a GPS in the car. I do have to agree with KarinLB that those particluar streets she mentioned can be a bit confusing. No problems with a lack of directional or street signs.

My wife and I enjoyed a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. We wanted to go to the Botanical Gardens, but it was simply too hot.

I've stayed at the Arlington Sheraton before. Its relatively close to the Cowboys stadium - but would be a bit of a hike to try to walk to it.

Some of the major roads in Dallas are toll roads. You can avoid them, but sometimes its a lot easier to take one. Every exit I went through had electronic toll booths, so if you rent a car that's something you'll have to check out with the rental company. If you have a private car and don't have a toll pass, they toll authority sends you a bill in the mail.

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3. Re: First Time Dallas Trip

Karin and Wally have both given you so much good info. I wou ld like to emphasize what Wally said though- you are going to Arlington for the football game, not Irving.

I am a big proponent of using mass trnsit but understand the need/desire to rent a car. If you do, one option for parking in Arlington is Lincoln Square, a shopping area that has a shuttle to the game.

lincolnsquarearlington.com/park/…

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4. Re: First Time Dallas Trip

Thank you for your responses! Every bit of advice helps!

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