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Plan Your Trip to Dallas Based on Your Enneagram

Just your (ennea) type of road trip.

Posted on Jul 2, 2020 By Kaitlyn Grekoff

Though it's an ancient tool, the Enneagram is trending everywhere! Perhaps all this extra time at home has led many into self-reflection.  The Enneagram theory consists of nine distinct personality types (take the quiz here!), and no matter your type, everyone could use fresh air, exciting new foods, a little low-key excitement and a change of scenery! Here are Dallas road trip ideas tailored to your Enneagram type.

Type One: Prepared Trip Planning Perfectionist
Pre-trip:
You've been itching to plan something - anything! And a road trip that's close to home yet far enough away will hit the spot. You've been meticulously planning an unforgettable itinerary for weeks now.

In the car:
Most likely the driver, you know where you're heading and you're ready to roll! The only thing bumming you out is that your car buddies didn't plan ahead well enough to get everything packed into the car so you could leave by the time you planned.

See this:
The great outdoors! Wide-open spaces like White Rock Lake and Klyde Warren Park offer plenty of space for relaxing fun, city views and ample social distancing.

Stay here:
The Westin Dallas Downtown. Since Dallas is the first destination to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation designating Dallas hotels and select institutions as sanitary and safe, you can rest easy in this centrally located, clean hotel.

Eat here:
Matt's Rancho Martinez. Pick up delicious tacos, margarita kits and the famous Bob Armstrong dip on the way to White Rock Lake and call it a picnic.

Neighborhood match:
East Dallas' Lake & Garden neighborhoods. Classic, organized, insightful and has deep roots - just like you.

Type Two: Fun and Supportive Mom of the Group
Pre-trip:
You either collaborated with your travel partners to make sure there's something everyone would like to do or planned it all yourself as a surprise for your family.

In the car:
Ready in the passenger seat with the map and bag ready with snacks and sunscreen, you're eager for an adventure where you and those you love most can see the sights and enjoy new experiences together!

See this:
Head to the Dallas Zoo to relive some of your favorite childhood memories. See the adorable penguins zip through the water or spy the newest zoo addition - Kendi, the baby giraffe!

Stay here:
For a cozy night stay that feels like a home away from home, your natural spirit of generosity and hospitality will be best paired with the DoubleTree by the Galleria, thanks to warm cookies and smiles ready to welcome you in.

Eat here:
Terry Black's Barbecue. This family-style feast will be your best friend - you know you're going to share your food anyway! Might as well buy the brisket by the pound and buy an extra side of that unforgettable mac and cheese for the group.

Neighborhood match:
Deep Ellum. From family-style barbecue, gift shops, murals that show their love and other funky art, this neighborhood is as friendly and inviting as you are.

Type Three: RSVP Aficionado
Pre-trip:
You've already made reservations to the best tables in town and mapped out the mural walls and shopping spots! When it comes to life and traveling, only the best of the best will do. Anything less is an inefficient waste of time and effort.

In the car:
It doesn't matter where you sit, as long as you're on the fastest route. Seriously, no one has time for wasting time. It's time to get there and get going!

See this:
The view of Downtown from the pool at Waterproof atop the Statler Hotel. The view is unreal, the drinks are phenomenal and it's a great place to hang out with friends. And it doesn't hurt that this is one of the most insta-worthy photo ops in the city!

Stay here:
The Statler. As mentioned above, the Waterproof rooftop bar and pool is a must-do. This hotel is central to all the Downtown action where you can easily walk to many of the best Dallas landmarks.

Eat here:
Check-in at Fearing's! Enjoy some of Chef Dean Fearing's finest dishes at this establishment at the Ritz Carlton in Uptown. For bonus points, you can show your friends how many Margarita Mile stops you've been to (including Fearing's) and that you now are a Margarita Master. Kudos to you, trailblazer!

Neighborhood match:
Downtown. Quite alright with being the center of attention or life of a party, like you, Downtown Dallas has a habit of bringing people together for both hard work and a great time.

Type Four: Vintage-Finding Friend
Pre-trip:
You're in one of two moods: either you're just along for the journey or you've carefully sought out exactly what vintage store and gallery you must visit while in Dallas.

In the car:
You're content to hold down the backseat with friends or be the passenger in charge of the music. The road trip portion is one of the best parts of the trip! The vibe of the car definitely sets the mood for the trip.

See this:
Shop through Spinster Records in Bishop Arts and Vagabond Vintage Dallas in the Design District and you're bound to dig up truly unique pieces to take home in lieu of typical souvenirs.

Stay here:
The Adolphus. The grandeur of the gold railings and deep, moody walls of this historic hotel are calling your name… or is that the alleged ghost of the jilted bride from 1930? That's for you to decide. In the mornings, you can savor Otto's Coffee inside the hotel before you head out for a day of exploring.

Eat this:
Da Munchies. This hole-in-the-wall-esque discovery is home to some of the most delicious vegan eats in the city. Go quickly - this best-kept secret won't be a secret for long!

Neighborhood match:
Bishop Arts. It has a beautiful and ever-evolving old soul, just like you.

Type Five: Creative and Curious Co-Pilot
Pre-trip:
You've been searching all there is to know for weeks and yet you don't feel like you've learned quite enough. You've learned loads of fun facts and helpful information so you can be well equipped with a wealth of information for deep diving into a Dallas weekend.

In the car:
If you aren't embarking on a solo trip, you're happily in the passenger seat so you can easily be in control of your carefully curated playlists of music or podcasts for the drive.

See this:
Meadows Museum. From gorgeous historic pieces to innovative rotating exhibitions, there's so much to learn, see and experience inside this museum. Another perk? It's cool, very quiet and easy to keep socially distanced.

Stay Here:
Lorenzo Hotel. Imagine Andy Warhol meets Alice in Wonderland in this modern art-centric boutique hotel in the Cedars district. There's even a painting of another ever-curious type five by the pool - Albert Einstein!

Eat here:
Beto & Son. Three words: Liquid Nitrogen Margarita. Enjoy innovative takes on Mexican dishes while your waiter conducts a table side science experiment! Fun fact: using liquid nitrogen to freeze the margarita ensures it's never watered down and the taste always remains the same.

Neighborhood match:
Trinity Groves. New and specialized restaurants paired with iconic and creative architecture speaks to your inner desire to always innovate and embrace niche places to see what it's all about!

Type Six: Prepared Passenger
Pre-trip:
You've done all the research but haven't told a soul about your findings. You're content keeping all the information safe just in case you or anyone should need it. In fact, you're packing a lot of things just in case you should need them. You never know!

In the car:
You're okay driving just in case you get carsick, but you're also OK with riding wherever you're needed. You're always willing to help check directions or reviews, and as long as someone can turn on some high school throwback tunes, all is well.

See this:
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll. Always a sucker for a bit of history or even an alternative theory, here, you can scope out the life, assassination and legacy of JFK within the context of 1960s history and culture. While the museum is not yet reopened to visitors, the Grassy Knoll is a public space and always available.

Stay here:
Whichever brand you have loyalty points with! You relish in the comfort of knowing the brand and experience you're going to have when you get to the hotel.

Eat this:
El Fenix Downtown. With 100+ years in the same building on McKinney Avenue, this Dallas institution has the classic Tex-Mex dishes and margaritas you're looking for!

Neighborhood match:
Lower Greenville. It's close to the action, but not quite the center of the bustle. It's home to a fun mix of beautiful, traditional spaces and new and creative places to explore with your best friends. Exactly how you like it.

Type Seven: Optimistic Adventurer
Pre-trip:
You've needed a fun weekend away, so without having to plan around purchasing plane tickets, you called your friends and booked a hotel for a chill road trip to Dallas!

In the car:
You're fine with sitting in the back seat as long as there's room to dance to your go-to playlist that always gets the party started. Your bags are full of snack options and most definitely a portable disco light.

See this:
Reunion Tower. See the sights and embrace the heights! "The Ball" allows for some of the best views of the city. At the top of this tower, you'll find a viewing deck, games, a cafe and occasionally events.

Stay here:
CANVAS Hotel Dallas. Call this colorful boutique hotel home base and make sure to take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city lights from the skyline only one mile away.

Eat this:
Anything at the Dallas Farmers Market! Why choose one place for when the group can enjoy a bit of everything from the stalls and vendors at the Market? Get a taste of seafood, street tacos, margaritas, sandwiches and more all in one place.

Neighborhood match:
Design District. It has a little bit of everything - new hotels, creative murals, and patios to enjoy happy hour with your friends!

Type Eight: The Take-Charge Driver
Pre-trip:
As this trip was probably a quick decision, you didn't have much time to plan. You call your best friends and search social for where they've been before...and then don't go there. You can't go where everyone else has been! You go big or stay home.

In the car:
You're driving, and you're going to make good time – no, great time. The car beside you is in a competition to get there before you. Race you to the best parking spot!

See this: 
NorthPark Center. Vacation is the perfect time to boost your wardrobe so you can head back to work looking like the boss you are! You're sure to find just what you're looking for in at least one of the 235 shops in this high-fashion mall.

Stay here:
Virgin Dallas Hotel. It's new, bright, bold, punchy and full of iconic British inspiration. Their hotel bar and coffee shop are THE places to be.

Eat this:
HG Sply Co. The food is no-nonsense and unforgettable and the views of the city from this rooftop will make you feel unstoppable.

Neighborhood match:
The Arts District. It encompasses a mixture of big and bold with intricate and creative architecture and sculptures. It's known for creative ideas and bold statements just like you.

Type Nine: Go With the Flow Friend
Pre-trip:
You're willing to go along with literally anything. You've left the planning to whoever your trip buddies are. Your only stipulation is that there is some time to factor in for moments to rest and recharge.

In the car:
You're content with whatever is needed! But if you're given the choice, the back seat or passenger seat is ideal for gaming, chatting or a quick cat nap.

See this:
The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Take a nice, peaceful walk through the gorgeous sights, sounds and smells of the fresh gardens. Don't forget to pack a small picnic to enjoy a snack and a moment to relax on the lawn.

Stay here: 
Hilton Anatole. You can't find a hotel so nice or so chill (like yourself) than this. The best part? This expertly designed hotel is home to the ultimate summer resort experience - Jade Waters. Chill out at one of their many pools or float your worries away around the lazy river.

Eat this:
The Rustic's weekend family-style brunch. You don't have to pick and choose from anything on the menu - it's a preset, shareable brunch. Yay, no decisions!

Neighborhood match:
Oak Lawn. This inclusive and welcoming neighborhood is surrounded by cozy coffee shops, restaurants to hang out with friends, and green spaces like Turtle Creek Park and the Katy Trail. Everything is just at your fingertips.

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