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Dallas, TexasDallas, Texas
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Dallas is the third largest city in Texas and the 8th largest in the United States. It has a population of 1.2 million people, and is located within the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, which has a population of 6.3 million people, and is the largest inland (without a coastal port) metropolitan area in the United States.

Majestic Theatre, DallasMajestic Theatre, Dallas
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Dallas is famous for being a center for banking, commerce, telecommunications and computer technology. The city was made famous by the 1970's soap opera of the same name, and infamous as the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Dallas was founded in 1841. Before that, the area was inhabited by the Caddo Native Americans. There is no complete agreement among historians as to after whom the city was named. The city is on a relatively flat land, on an elevation of between 450 feet (137 meters) to 550 feet (168 meters). Although far from the sea, it was established along a river, the Trinity.

First Baptist Church, DallasFirst Baptist Church, Dallas
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Today the skyline of Dallas is characterized by skyscrapers, most of which in the modernist and postmodernist styles. There are also a few built in the Gothic Revival and Neo-Classical styles. Within the Dallas Downtown Historic District are commercial buildings from 1880 to 1950 which are now protected by law.

Visiting Dallas

By Plane
The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the airport serving both Dallas and Fort Worth. It is the hub for American Airlines, which account for 80% of the flight volume from the airport. In addition, there is a second airport at Love Field (DAL), which is used by Southwest Airlines, Continental Express and Delta Air Lines, but due to proximity to downtown, has certain flight restrictions.

American Airlines Center, DallasAmerican Airlines Center, Dallas
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Arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Take the Dallas Area Rapit Transit (DART) bus. It goes to the commuter train station from where you can take a train to Dallas. The single-ride ticket and day-passes can be purchased on the bus.

By Train
Amtrak has two train services to Dallas/Fort Worth. The Texas Eagle line runs between San Antonio and Chicago while the Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma. By Car
Dallas is 250 miles to the north of Houston on the Interstate-45. From Austin, take Interstate-35 North and from Oklahoma, take the Interstate-35 or US 75 south.

By Bus
Greyhound Buses have services connecting Dallas with many US cities. Its terminal is at 205 S Lamar Street.

Travel within Dallas

The most practical way to get around in Dallas is to drive. Other than that, you can also take the DART trains, which do go to a number of tourist attractions.

Places of Interest in Dallas

  1. Reunion Tower
    Lanmark 50-storey skyscraper topped with a geodesic sphere.

  2. Sixth Floor Museum
    Private museum that documents the assassination of President Kennedy.

  3. West End Historic District
    Former site of old warehouses now revitalized as a prime recreation center in Dallas.

  4. Dallas World Aquarium
    An aquarium and zoo in the West End Historic District of Dallas.

  5. Dallas Museum of Art
    Museum with wide-ranging exhibit documenting the history of art.

  6. Thanks-giving Square
    A small park in downtown Dallas with waterfalls and an all-faiths chapel.

  7. Fairpark
    Exhibition center where the annual Texas State Fair is held.

  8. Deep Ellum
    A historic center in Dallas.

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