All About Dallas: Things to Know before You Visit

If you're planning a trip or vacation around Dallas, there are a few things you must know prior to packing your bags. Understanding the history, style, and points of interest in the area will help you prepare for and take pleasure in your trip 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 individuals. When thought of as a metropolitan area, it is generally paired with its neighboring cities Fort Worth and Arlington to create the Dallas–Fort Worth area. This merged area then becomes the fourth largest metro area in the country.

Dallas was founded in 1839 by a businessman searching for an excellent 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 hub for both industry and commerce. Twenty Fortune 500 businesses now call Dallas home, and they have thrived with the telecommunications and technology advancements in the past decade.

Climate can be a bit daunting to non-Texans. In the summer, common temperatures hover around 100 degrees, making it one of the hottest cities in the U.S. The local weather is regarded as sub-tropical, even though humidity is normally not much of an issue here. Winters are mild, with common 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 wide variety of things to do and places to see in Dallas area. The city is famous for its modern structure. 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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