What You Should Know before Your Dallas Visit

If you're considering a trip or vacation around Dallas, there are some things you need to know before packing your bags. Understanding the history, style, and attractions in the area will help you prepare for and enjoy your trip even more when you get there. Consider these things before finalizing any plans to the area.

Dallas is the third biggest metropolis in Texas behind San Antonio and Houston, with a populace of 1.3 million people. When considered as a metropolitan area, it is typically combined with its neighboring cities Fort Worth and Arlington to develop the Dallas–Fort Worth area. This merged area then turns into the fourth biggest metro area in the country.

Dallas was founded in 1839 by a businessman searching for a perfect trading post area to serve travelers and native Indians. The entire city was destroyed by fire in 1860, and it was rebuilt as an even bigger 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 developments in the past decade.

Local weather can be a bit overwhelming to non-Texans. In the summer, normal temperatures reach 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 normally not much of a concern here. Winters are gentle, with common temperatures around 40-60 degrees, making for very pleasant days. Like most southern U.S. cities, springtime is the finest time of year to go to the Big D, when temperatures are average, 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 famous for its contemporary structure. Nearby Arlington is home of the football Cowboys and their expansive 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 attractions as well.

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