USATourist News MagazineAugust 2007
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When people think of Texas some of the first things to come to mind are cowboys and saloons, but you won't find them just anywhere. This month we're visiting Dallas and Fort Worth; while they share Dallas Forth Worth International Airport, that's about all they have in common.
Fort Worth is your best bet for experiencing a western atmosphere complete with cowboys. A fun time to visit is during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the world's largest indoor rodeo, which will be held January 11 February 3 in 2008.
In Fort Worth you will find many western bars such as the Longhorn Saloon, The White Elephant Saloon, and Billy Bob's, the largest honky-tonk in the world with live bull riding every Friday & Saturday Night ($2.50 admission). If you're interested in stepping back in time, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad is a fun adventure. Two antique locomotives travel along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the middle of the Stockyards National Historic District. www.grapevinesteamrailroad.com
The Fort Worth Convention and Visitor Bureau has a terrific web site with tons of information about Fort Worth including rodeos throughout the year. www.fortworth.com
You won't see many cowboys in Dallas, but you will find endless shopping opportunities.
In fact, if you go to Dallas just to shop you aren't alone. People flock to Big-D for the variety of shopping experiences that range from upscale boutiques to huge outlet malls.
Neiman Marcus, the upscale department store, was founded in Dallas back in 1907. The original location was destroyed in a fire in 1913 but the rebuilt Neiman Marcus still stands today on Main and Ervay downtown. (The truffles are expensive, but if you love chocolate they're worth the splurge.) Several other locations exist in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex including the Neiman's clearance stores, Last Call. www.neimanmarcus.com/store/info/state.jhtml?state=TX&_requestid=37156
NorthPark Center is an exclusive shopping mall which is still in the works of a major overhaul. It is expected to be one of the top five shopping centers in the U.S. Shoppers can get to NorthPark via the redline of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail system for $1.25. If you are looking for a bargain you can always find great deals at the Grapevine Outlet Mall located northwest of Dallas (and northeast of Forth Worth).
Dallas is known for its reputable arts district. Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center are only steps away from each other. www.artsdistrict.org When you visit be sure to see if there are any free events such as the 5th Annual CityArts Celebration (June 13-15, 2008) www.dallascityarts.com
The Latino Culture Center of Dallas, which preserves Latino and Hispanic arts and culture, always offers free admission. www.dallasculture.org/latinoCC_Facility.cfm
The first Saturday of every month is the free Arts District Stroll,¬ a privately guided tour, lead by trained docents who point out the history and architecture of Dallas' Arts District. www.artsdistrict.org/stroll/index.asp
The Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe (Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe) is also in the Arts District and is one of Dallas' oldest buildings. The cathedral was built between 1898-1902 and designed by architect Nicholas J. Clayton. The bell tower was sketched in the original plans but was only recently completed. www.cathedralguadalupe.org
Dallas has a variety of hotels ranging from budget motels to upscale high-rises. If you would like something in between, the Doubletree Dallas Market Center is newly renovated with the most comfortable Sweet Dreams bedding and a nice breakfast buffet. It is only two miles from the Trinity Railroad Express (TRE) station and a few miles from downtown. The nice thing about this Doubletree is you don't need a car when you head out to explore. The hotel van will drop you off anywhere within three miles of the hotel, including directly in front of the JFK Sixth Floor Museum which sits right next to the DART line. The ride is free but as always in the U.S., it's always nice to tip your driver.
When I was searching our hotel database I noticed the Doubletree Dallas Market Center is offering a special the week of Thanksgiving (November 22).
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Part of the joy of visiting Texas is the eating experience. Tex-Mex (the Texas spin on Mexican food) should be put at the top of list, but Dallas has array of restaurants. You don't have to stay downtown to dine. Addison is a suburb situated north of Dallas and is known for its Beltline Road, lined with a huge selection of restaurants from fine dining and casual eateries to a variety of bars. You can get there taking the North Dallas Tollway for a $1.20 if you're arriving from downtown.
If you would like to dine somewhere with upscale offerings without the high price, you will enjoy Valencia International Cuisine Restaurant on Beltline. Valencia is an upscale buffet-style restaurant and it is a great bargain. You can enjoy appetizers through desert for a lot less than what a main course would cost you at a more pricy venue and the food is delicious. www.1001valencia.com
If you're looking for a casual place to stop and have an afternoon cup of coffee or homemade dessert, Constantin's Café is a locally owned Romanian restaurant and bakery. It's located just north of Beltline and is worth stopping in. Everything is homemade including their wonderful Romanian bread. www.constantins.com
Here is a list of Addison restaurants: www.addisontexas.net/where_to_eat/restaurants
Before you plan your trip to Dallas visit the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site for more information on Dallas culture, entertainment, and events. You will be amazed at the endless opportunities Dallas offers. www.dallascvb.com
Shop and Spa Tour - NorthPark Center, Dallas - Chocolates, Shopping and a Spa Treatment!
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza - Take a step back in time - to 22 November, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was suddenly assassinated.
More Dallas Tours www.affiliate.viator.com/brochure/ed_PRODUCT_results.jsp?CITY=DALLAS&AUID=5185
Six Flags Over Texas is about 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth. Six Flags is open until 11 pm during the summer months. The park has more than 50 rides and a fantastic new show, Cirque Dreams Coobrila. Right across the street is Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. With 47 acres, it's the largest water park in North Texas. Buy tickets online and save off the front gate price!
Congratulations to Carmen Burgo of Barcelona, Spain! She has won the new Postcards from North America board game. This game is great for the whole family and includes real postcards from top travel destinations. You can purchase your own copy online at www.geotoystore.com/othertoys.html. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. Watch out for another contest with a new fantastic prize soon!
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