The city that spawned the famous TV series these days is every bit as striking and confident in reality. Texans like to do things big, and nowhere does it bigger than Dallas.

The home of the Dallas TV show is also famous for the Dallas Cowboys football team (who play in the fittingly striking AT&T Stadium). There are myriad more layers to Dallas, though, with some of America’s best shopping, superb restaurants, myriad museums (which explore its oil and railroad heritage) and the country’s largest Arts District.

Things to know before you go

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) makes getting around the city for visitors easy with an integrated bus and light-rail system. You can buy single tickets, though, day passes offer the best value.
  • Don’t miss a trip with M-Line Trolley, who run free restored vintage trolley cars around Dallas’ lively Uptown Neighborhood.
  • Together Dallas and Fort Worth (barely 30 miles away) were the original Metroplex. Look at them collectively as most locals do as the vast urban area of Dallas-Fort Worth and your vacation takes on another city full of possibilities.

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Robin McKelvie

Edinburgh, Scotland

Robin McKelvie is a travel writer, blogger and broadcaster. He has written 100s of articles for publications across the world, plus over 30 guidebooks and makes 20-30 trips a year.