All About Dallas: Things to Know before You Visit

If you're thinking about a trip or vacation around Dallas, there are a few things you ought to know before 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 arrive. Consider 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 people. When considered as a metropolitan area, it is usually paired with its neighboring cities Fort Worth and Arlington to produce the Dallas–Fort Worth region. This merged region then becomes the fourth largest metro area in the country.

Dallas was founded in 1839 by a businessman searching for a perfect trading post place to serve travelers and native Indians. The total 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 stage 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.

Local weather can be a bit overwhelming to non-Texans. In the summer, common 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 typically not much of an issue here. Winters are mild, with typical temperatures around 40-60 degrees, making for very pleasant days. Like most southern U.S. cities, springtime is the finest time of year to visit the Big D, when temperatures are average, humidity low and the trees, flowers and bushes are in full bloom.

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

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