Everything You Need to Know about Dallas, Texas

If you're considering a trip or vacation around Dallas, there are a few points you must know before packing your bags. Understanding the history, style, and points of interest in the area will help you prepare for and enjoy your trip even more when you get there. Think about these things before finalizing any plans to the area.

Dallas is the third largest city in Texas behind San Antonio and Houston, with a population of 1.3 million individuals. When considered as a metropolitan area, it is usually combined with its neighboring cities Fort Worth and Arlington to produce the Dallas–Fort Worth area. This merged region then becomes the fourth largest metro area in the country.

Dallas was founded in 1839 by a businessman looking for an ideal trading post area to serve travelers and native Indians. The total city was destroyed by fire in 1860, and it was rebuilt as an even larger town. The first railroads entered the city in 1873, and from that stage on Dallas has served as a commercial center for both industry and commerce. Twenty Fortune 500 corporations now call Dallas home, and they have thrived with the telecommunications and technology developments in the past decade.

Climate can be a bit daunting to non-Texans. In the summer, average temperatures hover around 100 degrees, making it one of the hottest cities in the U.S. The local weather is considered sub-tropical, even though humidity is generally not much of a problem here. Winters are mild, with regular temperatures around 40-60 degrees, making for very pleasant days. Like most southern U.S. cities, springtime is the best time of year to check out the Big D, when temperatures are average, humidity low and the trees, flowers and bushes are in full bloom.

There is a broad assortment of things to do and places to see in Dallas area. The city is famous for its modern day architecture. Nearby Arlington is home of the football Cowboys and their famous new stadium, also now a major vacationer attraction. The Museum of Art, Arboretum, Dallas Zoo, and Sixth Floor Museum — to honor the life of John F. Kennedy, the president assassinated in Dallas — are all main points of interest as well.

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