- Happening nightlife scene -- live music in Deep Ellum, trendy bars Uptown, and the Lizard Lounge dance club on Swiss Avenue
- Fairly friendly people
- Comfortable weather from October to May -- highs in the low 60s to high 70s
- Plenty of direct international and long-distance flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
- Nation's largest Arts District, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center
- Has one of the highest rates of restaurants per capita (behind San Francisco, of course)
- Incredible shopping; acres of malls within the Metroplex
- Decent infrastructure with effective highways that conveniently loop around the city
- Clean, well-maintained streets and neighborhoods
- Crime; a lot of property theft
- Panhandling and petty crimes fairly common
- Extremely hot summers
- Aggressive driving, which can be intimidating for rental car drivers
- Lack of natural beauty
What It's Like
Everything's bigger in Texas: the highways; the malls; the steak. While Dallas has a reputation for being materialistic and image-obsessed, that doesn't mean the Big D' comes up empty handed when visitors ask for some entertainment.
For starters, the nation's largest Art District resides here. The massive Dallas Museum of Art houses a number of collections, including ancient American, contemporary, African, and ancient Mediterranean art.
While visitors probably won't want to spend much time outside during the summer months, most of the year is just fine for outdoor activities. Numerous festivals, parades, and fairs take place during all seasons. And when those August days bring sizzling heat waves, visitors can bounce between the various indoor options, especially Dallas' renowned barbecue restaurants and smokehouses.
Where To Stay
Visitors will probably want to stay within the main neighborhoods: Highland and University Park (north); Greenville and Lakewood (east); Downtown (central). South Dallas mostly offers strip malls and residential areas.
- Highland and University Park make up the ritzy Park Cities. Also home to Southern Methodist University, these areas have top-of-the-line shopping centers and high-end eateries.
- East Dallas is a hip area with lots of personality. It's home to Greenville and Lakewood, and boasts a vibrant music scene. Because of safety issues, this area may not be the best place to stay with the family.
- Downtown -- perhaps a better option for families -- combines historical sites, commercial property, fashion boutiques, and hot restaurants and nightclubs.