Dallas on a Budget

Dallas may have a reputation for glitz and glamour, but there's plenty to experience without breaking the bank. Need more adventure? Book your CityPASS for discounted admission into some of Dallas' most popular attractions, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and several others.

Downtown morning

1.5 hours | Directions

Wander over to the West End Historic District, stopping to take in the key sites related to President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Just outside the former School Book Depository is the infamous 'grassy knoll' where an indelible mark was left on history. Nearby is the John F. Kennedy Memorial. Designed by family friend and renowned architect Phillip Johnson, the memorial is an open-roofed, concrete-walled monument symbolic of an open tomb.

Wild Window Shopping

30 minutes | Directions

Stop in Wild Bill's Western Store to see cowboy hats steamed for a perfect fit and browse Lone Star State souvenirs to take home.

Lunch at the Dallas Farmer's Market

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Feast on pork-filled tamales at El Mero Mero, street tacos at La Ventana or, for something sweet, beignets from Cajun Tailgators, at the newly renovated and expanded Dallas Farmers Market. Then stroll through the market, picking up Texas Ruby Red grapefruit marmalade from Betty's Blue Ribbon Fare, or treat yourself with some handmade sugar scrubs from Abundantly Aromatic.

Step back in time

2.5 hours | Directions

Don't forget your Selfie Stick as you stand amongst the 49 massive bronze longhorn cattle sculptures at Pioneer Plaza, the site of the 1850s Shawnee Trail. Meander through time at Dallas Heritage Village and immerse yourself in history as you stop by the general store or visit a Civil War-era farm complete with livestock.

Dinner at El Fenix

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Taste some authentic tex-mex at El Fenix, the oldest Mexican restaurant chain in the U.S. It's especially unique to Dallas because it's the original location, so enjoy some steak fajitas and a margarita before calling it a night.

Take a breath of fresh air

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Grab a table and peruse a periodical or board game from the kiosks at Dallas' living room, Klyde Warren Park. The urban park is perched above an eight-lane highway, though you'd never guess it wandering through the playground or enjoying live music or yoga classes offered regularly.

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Breakfast at Mad Hatter Cafe

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The locally owned quiet spot is in the middle of a busy Downtown and generous with their portions. Go with the made-to-order eggs with a cinnamon roll on the side or a breakfast frittata with bacon, veggies, cheese and peppers -- both are delicious!

19 Blocks of Class

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Enjoy the world-class architecture as you wander through the 19 blocks of the Dallas Arts District -- the largest contiguous arts district in the nation.

Need A Ride?

Check the schedule for Dallas’ light rail system DART, D-Link (DART’s free bus service) and the free M-Line Trolley for convenient rides through the Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas. After 6 pm, call or text Efrogs, a free golf-cart rideshare program that gets you going without the hassle of a car.

Art for everyone

2 hours | Directions

Next step into the free Dallas Museum of Art, where you can get a glimpse of several recreated rooms from Coco Chanel's Mediterranean villa.

Trolley ride to lunch

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Hop on the free McKinney Avenue Trolley into Uptown and make a stop at Shake Shack for the Dallas-exclusive Link Burger. It's made with jalapeno cheese sausage links from Pecan Lodge, one of Dallas' best barbecue joints. From there, it's an easy walk on tree-lined streets to Uptown's numerous bars, shops and restaurants and you'll quickly see why it's one of Dallas' most coveted neighborhoods.

Explore Uptown

2.5 hours | Directions

Walk off that burger and explore Uptown. Take a stroll on the Katy Trail (a converted railroad track that's now the place for an early morning run or after-work job) for some fresh air, do a little shopping at West Village, and cool off with a drink at Mutt's Cantina -- a dog-friendly patio for both you and your pet to relax and enjoy -- or The Rustic, a humming restaurant and patio with a large live-music stage and outdoor games to enjoy.

Sunset views

1.5 hours | Directions

Catch the perfect view of the Dallas skyline at sunset while standing on the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge -- a footbridge located over the Trinity River. The bridge runs parallel to the majestic Margaret Hunt Hill bridge and is the ideal spot for a skyline selfie shot.

Hypnotic morning

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Wake up with a habañero-passion fruit glazed Triple 6 pastry from Hypnotic Donuts. The East Dallas breakfast spot is known for their melt-in-your-mouth chicken biscuits and hungry families can be found lined up early almost every morning.

Hiking

2.5 hours | Directions

Burn off the donuts at the nation's largest urban hardwood forest at the Trinity River Audubon Center. Escape from the city as you wander through more than four miles of easy hiking through forests, wetlands, restored Texas Blackland Prairie and the Trinity River.

Picnic from a Taco Window

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Stop for lunch at Fuel City, a Downtown gas station that gets national attention for its taco window. Order three or four and enjoy your styrofoam-boxed lunch at a picnic table outside. Don't forget to grab a cup of creamy Mexican, street-style corn from the cart outside.

Give thanks

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Stop for a moment of reflection at Thanksgiving Square, a quiet park in the heart of Downtown Dallas (and right off the DART light rail system line.) Step inside the Chapel of Thanksgiving, a small, spiral tower that features an enclave for prayer and an intricate, colorful stained glass window at the top of the spiral. Suggested time: 0.5 hours

Go high

1 hour | Directions

For the perfect view of Dallas, head to the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower. See the city from 470 ft. up, with 360-degree panoramic views you won't see anywhere else. Hyatt Regency hotel guests save 20 percent on admission, so take advantage of these savings.

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