Everything You Need to Know about Dallas, Texas

If you're considering a trip or vacation around Dallas, there are some points you must know prior to packing your bags. Understanding the history, style, and attractions in the area will help you plan for and enjoy your journey even more when you get there. Think about these things prior to 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 people. When considered as a metropolitan area, it is usually combined with its neighboring cities Fort Worth and Arlington to develop the Dallas–Fort Worth region. This merged location then becomes the fourth largest metro area in the country.

Dallas was founded in 1839 by a businessman seeking a perfect trading post area to serve travelers and native Indians. The entire city was destroyed by fire in 1860, and it was reconstructed as an even larger town. The first railroads entered the city in 1873, and from that point on Dallas has served as a business site for both industry and commerce. Twenty Fortune 500 businesses now call Dallas home, and they have thrived with the telecommunications and technology developments in the past decade.

Climate can be a bit overwhelming to non-Texans. In the summer, normal temperatures hover around 100 degrees, making it one of the hottest cities in the U.S. The climate is considered sub-tropical, even though humidity is generally not much of a problem here. Winters are gentle, with normal temperatures around 40-60 degrees, making for very pleasant days. Like most southern U.S. cities, springtime is the best 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 wide selection 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 famous 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 significant attractions as well.

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