Dallas, Texas - Overview and Essential Travel Information|
by cctraveler2 at TravelPost
Dallas, Texas is the second largest city in Texas (behind Houston) and the seventh largest city in the US. With a population of well over 1 million people, and suburbs which triple that number, Dallas has a wide variety of attractions and activities for everyone.
Home to the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers, Dallas is a sports lover's paradise. Hundreds of golf courses dot the landscape in North Texas and dozens of lakes provide fishing and skiing opportunities for those who love the water (and those trying to escape the Texas heat).
The summer months in Texas can be a bit stifling, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit! However, Texans have definitely adapted to their environs - and those who try to keep up are in for a wild ride. From Deep Ellum, The West End, Uptown, Restaurant Row and Lower Greenville, to the neighborhood bars/restaurants you stumble across in your explorations, you will not be disappointed. Southern hospitality and charm actually mean something in Dallas.
Oh! And dress your best. London may have Harrod's, and New York may have Saks, but Dallas is the home and birthplace of Neiman Marcus - and they won't let you forget it!!
DFW is 16 miles (26km) northwest of Dallas; Love Field is in the city. Buses, shuttles and taxis run between the airports and the city and car rentals are available.
Dallas is at the convergence of about a dozen major highways so it's easy to access from all points of the compass. If you're a masochist you'll count rush-hour driving on Dallas' freeways among life's peak experiences. Traffic, however, is not nearly as bad as cities of comparable size.
Greyhound buses travel between Dallas and Austin (4-6 hours) Houston (5-6 hours) San Antonio (5-7 hours) and El Paso (11-14 hours). The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) travels between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas (1 hr). Union Station in Dallas' west end is the beacon for Amtrak trains. DART is the region's public transportation system with both buses and light-rail trains serving downtown Dallas and the outlying areas. Cabs congregate at the airports, bus and train depots and hotels.