How to Spend a Week in Dallas: Exploring the Art and History

With many business travelers visiting Dallas only for few hours, the city certainly calls for a week’s stay to experience everything that the Texas-style cosmopolitan has to offer. From weekend getaways, big outdoor activities, provoking art scene to cultural revelations, there is a promising surprise for all kinds of travelers. Here is an ultimate guide on some of the things to see and do in Dallas.


Step into history by visiting the president-related attraction of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza — the spot where John F Kennedy was assassinated. The recently built museum exhibits historical photos, artifacts, footage and detailed accounts of Kennedy’s presidential campaign. If you’ve an eye for art and sculpture, visit City Hall located in downtown Dallas. The crowning glory at the City Hall is Henry Moore’s sculpture called the Dallas Piece.

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It’s no doubt Dallas has plenty of museums that pay homage to its history and art scene. Stroll around the Dallas Art District that accommodates four award-winning buildings. Opened in 1903, Dallas Museum of Art features 24,000 pieces of art inspired from around the globe. Some of the other museums sitting right across the street are the Crow Collection of Asian Art, South Dallas Cultural Center and the Meadows Museum. If you’ve more time, be sure to tour around the Pioneer Plaza, downtown Public Park to check out one of the largest sculptures in town.


The dining scene in Dallas wasn’t as vibrant until a decade ago. After a bit of an exploration, head to Belmont Hotel for some refreshing cocktails by the poolside, while you enjoy sweeping views of the famous Dallas skyline. As the name implies, Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House is an ideal place for all those foodies who love a good seafood meal that includes South African lobster tails, stone crab and crab cakes. If you’re looking to try a flavor of sophisticated quality, head to The French Room and sample its beef tenderloin, meanwhile order for one of their soufflés.


Hotels in Dallas like The Joule reflect the city’s buzzing art scene. With room rates starting from $259 a night, the property is home to an array of eclectic art works. The hotel offers complimentary car service to the Arts district followed by lunch at a gastropub. The Fairmont Hotel Dallas and The Magnolia Dallas are some of the other favorites among vacationers.

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Outdoor Activities

You may want to step out of your room to explore the flora and fauna of Dallas by visiting Trinity River Audubon Center, the largest urban forest in the U.S. You can choose to float down the boat or instead head to White Rock Lake Park for a jog or a bike ride. Located in upper neighborhood, Dragon Park is a perfect spot for all those who are looking for a romantic getaway by packing an outdoor meal. Another interesting spot is the Katy trail that connects visitors to new neighborhoods and parks through various entrances.

When you’re in Dallas, it is wise to rent a car, as Dallas public transit is not very reliable and safe, especially after dark, depending on the area you choose to book a hotel.

Have you been to Dallas? Share your experiences in the comments below. Also, check out the article I wrote about hotels near University of Dallas on Hipmunk.

This post is published as part of the Hipmunk City Love Project.

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