Everything You Need to Know about Dallas, Texas

If you're thinking about a trip or vacation around Dallas, there are some points you ought to know before packing your bags. Understanding the history, style, and points of interest in the region will help you prepare for and take pleasure in your journey even more when you arrive. Consider these things before finalizing any plans to the region.

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

Dallas was founded in 1839 by a businessman seeking a perfect trading post location to serve travelers and native Indians. The entire 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 point on Dallas has served as a commercial site for both industry and commerce. Twenty Fortune 500 companies now call Dallas home, and they have thrived with the telecommunications and technology advancements in the past decade.

Climate can be a bit overwhelming to non-Texans. In the summer, typical temperatures hover around 100 degrees, making it one of the hottest cities in the U.S. The local weather is regarded as sub-tropical, although humidity is generally not much of a problem here. Winters are mild, with average 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 reasonable, humidity low and the trees, flowers and bushes are in full bloom.

There is a broad variety of things to do and places to see in Dallas area. The city is well known for its contemporary architecture. Nearby Arlington is home of the football Cowboys and their expansive new stadium, also now a main 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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