Arts & Culture

Why Dallas is the Best City in Texas

8 reasons why Dallas should be your priority destination when visiting Texas.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Dec 18, 2018

1. The Shopping Sprees

No trip to Dallas is complete without a little souvenir, or a lot of souvenirs. Here in Dallas, we treat shopping like a sport – so you know we take it seriously. Whether it's luxury brands you long for or a budget-friendly spree, there's no shortage of retail adventures. Peruse malls like NorthPark Center and Dallas Galleria, stroll and shop through *Highland Park Village and visit the flagship location of Neiman Marcus in Downtown alongside other boutiques. With all of this and more, you'll never leave Dallas empty handed.


2. The Love of Sports

When most people think of Dallas, two words come to mind: Dallas Cowboys. The city is home to the beloved NFL team, once coined America's Team, who you can catch playing at the *AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Die-hard 'Boys fans can tour The Star in Frisco, the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters.

But sports culture runs deep in Dallas, and football isn't the only game worth checking out when visiting. Head over to American Airlines Center for action on the court with the Dallas Mavericks or on the ice with the Dallas Stars. 


3. The Family Fun

With plenty of kid-friendly attractions and places to explore, Dallas is the perfect place for your next family vacation. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has towering dinosaur bones, an earthquake simulator and tons of activities for little ones to get their hands on. Venture on the wild side at the Dallas Zoo and see an 11-acre safari exhibit where you can feed giraffes, or wander through 66-acres of flora and fauna at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

The fun doesn't stop there. Take the family out to Arlington for hair-raising heights and wild rollercoaster rides at Six Flags Over Texas, or spend a thrilling evening at Medieval Times for dinner and an action-packed show. With these attractions and more, your family will never experience a dull moment in Dallas.


4. The Margaritas

Dallas prides itself in being home to the invention of the frozen margarita machine, which inspired an entirely new way to experience the city – the Margarita Mile. Download the app on your phone and discover Dallas through a curated collection of the best margaritas the city has to offer. You can even win swag if you check into enough locations on your 'rita tour!


5. The Eclectic Neighborhoods

To discover the true heart and soul of Dallas, explore the surrounding city neighborhoods that make this city great. Dallas is home to more than a dozen neighborhoods and districts that each have their own distinct vibe and attractions. From spectacular museums and performing arts venues in the Arts District, to the buzzing nightlife of live music at cool bars in Deep Ellum, Dallas has a place for everyone.


6. The To-Die-For Food

Bring an empty stomach with you when you come to Dallas, because you'll never want to stop eating. Food is a BIG deal in Dallas and no matter what neighborhood you visit, there's always something delicious waiting. You'll find plenty of the Texas staples, like barbeque at Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff, or Tex-Mex at Beto & Son in Trinity Groves. But there are also diverse, authentic and creative dishes being served by restaurants all across the city – places like Uchi, Meso Maya, Lucia and so many more.


7. The Thrilling Nightlife

The fun has only just begun when the sun sets on that Dallas skyline. The streets of Deep Ellum bustle with people anticipating the night ahead, and bars, clubs and small music venues come to life – it's the perfect spot for a drink, a concert and late-night snack. The neighboring streets of Uptown along McKinney Ave. is also a great spot to have a good night out, one bar at a time. If you desire something a little more high-class, catch a show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and grab a cocktail at Savor Gastropub, or enjoy an evening at The Statler for an upscale meal and drinks.


8. The Awe-inspiring Art

The artistic spirit of Dallas can be found around every corner, whether it be in the form of world-class exhibits or striking street art. Dallas has the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, where you can see work from artists like Van Gogh and Warhol at the Dallas Museum of Art, sculptures by Picasso and Rodin at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and an impressive collection of historical and contemporary art from different parts of Asia at the Crow Museum of Asian Art. For a taste of local art, browse galleries in the Bishop Arts District or take a self-guided tour of Deep Ellum's many picturesque wall murals.


*Highland Park Village and AT&T Stadium are members of VisitDallas.