You’ve probably heard the expression, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” This expression perfectly sums up the city of Dallas. As the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the country, Dallas has something for everyone who visits for any length of time.
Because Dallas is so diverse, each of its neighborhoods is unique. No matter where you travel, you’ll find exceptional restaurants, entertainment and places of interests. Best of all, travelers who enjoy non-stop shopping will want to make Dallas a regular stop on their Southwestern agenda.
The downtown area is home to the Arts District. Here you’ll find world-class museums and historical sites. Art lovers must visit the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Music lovers should pick up tickets to one of the many concerts regularly held at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
This neighborhood is home to hotels, although the majority of businesses in the district close as evening approaches. However, the original Neiman Marcus department store still provides shoppers a chance to see retail merchandising at its finest. For historical reference, this neighborhood is home to Dealey Plaza. Here President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on that fateful day in November 1963.
North Dallas is the neighborhood that graces the northern border of Dallas and its southern-most suburbs. Travelers seeking “retail therapy” will make this their favorite neighborhood, based on the wide variety of malls. Popular shopping venues include Valley View, Prestonwood Mall in Addison and the Galleria. A number of hotels have recently sprung up in North Dallas, to accommodate those who wish to “shop until they drop.”
This district is sometimes referred to as the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Well-known Dallas landmarks like the Cotton Bowl are located here. The decades old Texas fairgrounds are also found in East Dallas. If you enjoy viewing older picturesque homes, you will likely want to take a ride to see the residential Lakewood district too.
Greenville is the hub of nightlife in Dallas, and is located just northeast of Downtown. Take note: Upper and Lower Greenville Avenue draw a drastically different night-time crowd. Upper Greenville Avenue is favored by an older crowd for its sophisticated music offerings and clubs. Lower Greenville Avenue is known to have a more youthful, if not bohemian atmosphere.
Highland Park and University Park
These two highly affluent neighborhoods are known as the “Park Cities.” Often referred to by residents in the singular as Highland Park, this district is where the future George W. Bush Presidential Library will be built. Expect to see a large number of college students, as University Park is home to the main campus of Southern Methodist University.
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