How To Spend A Weekend In Dallas
Boasting trendy shopping areas, historic landmarks, and renowned Tex-Mex cuisine, it’s hard to slow down in Dallas. Just be prepared to bounce around as not everything is centrally located.
Three Random Things About Dallas You Probably Didn't Know
Of the 1.2 million people in Dallas, only about 12,000 live downtown.
Claim To Fame
The world's first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas.
They don't run, but you can watch a cattle drive every day in Ft. Worth.
Is it just me, or does the song “Goin’ through the Big D” by Mark Chesnutt play in your head every time you hear the word “Dallas?”
I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised when Dallas exceeded expectations. I’d always just associated it with its famous football team, larger-than-life personalities, and Tex-Mex cuisine, but there’s so much more to discover. It’s dynamic and diverse city and has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, a music fan, or simply looking for a unique and authentic travel experience, Dallas is a destination that’s sure to intrigue you. From its thriving Bishop Arts District to its vibrant Deep Ellum neighborhood, Dallas is a city full of unexpected locals and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. So here’s our quick rundown, complete with tips on the margarita mile!
A really beautiful venue for all things performing arts. We saw Jamie Cullum here and it was phenomenal!
A “must see” landmark while here in Dallas. This 30 foot statue is just part of the vibe here.
The iconic Statler hotel boasts rooftop view (with a bar), and you don’t have to be a guest to visit.
Let's Talk About My Favorite Thing In Dallas:
THE MARGARITA MILE.
Yes, the city of Dallas has created a map of all the restaurants and bars that serve margaritas. Sadly it’s way more than a mile (I was disappointed I couldn’t walk to all of them), but since there are 24, the next day would have been a struggle. You can view the info and download a map by visiting VisitDallas.com.
We Made It To:
Locals Also Recommended:
What Else Do I Need To Know?
Here are a few answers to questions you didn't ask, but might want the answer to:
- YES, there is a cat café. But it’s in Ft. Worth.
- Yes, visiting the Kennedy Museum is worth it.
- Two districts to check out are Deep Ellum (more of a funky, jazzy, vintage vibe) and Bishop Arts (also artsy, but a little more trendy and modern).
- Don’t miss the Farmer’s Market, full of local products, vendors, and plenty of food options.
- Where to stay depends on what you’re there for, since the city is so spread out. Downtown itself is pretty walkable, and Ubers were easy to get.
- There is a free trolley
- If you are in to BBQ and shopping, there is an abundance of both here.
- After all the BBQ and Tex-Mex, go for a walk or bike ride on the Katy Trail.
- Everyone here is really nice.
- Yes, you should try the Avocado Margarita.
Food & Drink Options
We're not foodies. It's not something we seek out or prioritize when traveling, but no matter where you are you've gotta eat. So here are some recommendations that we either tried personally or were recommended by a local:
- Overeasy – for breakfast
- Woolworth – restaurant and cocktail bar, serves brunch
- Harwood Tavern – sports bar with good food, staff, and vibe
- City Tavern – sports bar
- Crafty Irishman – sports bar
- Revelers Hall – craft cocktails, good food, jazzy vibe
- Mi Cocina – TexMex and margs – not listed on the ‘mile’
- Pecan Lodge – BBQ
- The Trove – drag brunch
All that, and we didn’t even touch on the pro sports teams. Dallas is home to the Cowboys (NFL), Mavericks (NBA), Texas Rangers (MLB), Stars (NHL), and FC Dallas (MLS). This is a place where history and modern day trends collide. You can be a cowboy or a city slicker or combine both personas for a unique travel experience. Saddle up – and enjoy your adventures in the Big D!