Dallas is home to a very impressive skyline as well as the modern Dallas Cowboys stadium. Additionally, it’s the infamous home of the President JFK assassination in 1963. What’s more, the Dallas art district will more than satisfy art lovers exploring Dallas. If you’re looking for botanical gardens, zoos, Texan food or Texan longhorn cattle, Dallas has it all. Firstly, let me share how to quickly plan a Dallas trip with Kayak, then we’ll explore these Dallas landmarks.
Why use KAYAK to plan your Dallas trip?
Dallas is a spread out city which is much better visited with your own set of wheels. What’s more, hotels on the outskirts are much better value than downtown Dallas locations which you’ll need to drive away from anyway. For this reason, planning your trip with KAYAK is the way to go when you visit Dallas. You can even find a cheap flight directly into Dallas with KAYAK.
Finding a Hire Car with KAYAK
With the Dallas landmarks spread out throughout Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington it’s essential you have your own hire car. As a result, you can visit the landmarks and attractions when you want to. Stop in Fort Worth for the cattle drive, watch the Cowboys play football, chill in the Dallas Art District, do it at your own pace. Using Kayak, search for Dallas on the dates you plan to visit and thousands of car options will be displayed. Refine your search with the Kayak filters and find the best car for your trip. After finding the best car deal, simply click through and reserve which takes seconds.
Finding a Hotel with KAYAK
More often than not, it’s best to book your hotel as far in advance as possible (and with free cancellation). With this in mind, when you know the exact dates you’ll be in Dallas you should make your reservation. What’s more, you could even find a great deal on a famous Dallas hotel with advance booking. Alternatively, try a popular hotel chain on the outskirts with free parking. When you find the perfect hotel, go ahead and reserve it with immediate confirmation.
My Top Dallas Landmark – Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Whether you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan or not. Whether you’re a football fan or not, a visit to the huge AT&T stadium is a must. Not only will you discover one of the best designed stadiums in the world but it’s also one of the largest in the NFL. What’s more, it’s home to one of the largest HD video displays in the world which hangs above the pitch. I was in awe at the sheer size of this stadium, visit for a stadium tour or check the Dallas Cowboys schedule to see if they are playing when you’re in town. Finally, Dallas Cowboys stadium is in Arlington, a 20 minute drive west of central Dallas.
When you envisage Dallas landmarks, a 19th century cathedral is not what comes to mind. As a matter of fact, this is the type of structure you’d expect to see in Europe or Latin America! Nonetheless, Cathedral Guadeloupe is an eye-catching monument surrounded by the modern buildings of Dallas. An interesting fact about Cathedral Guadeloupe is that over 11,000 people visit for Sunday Mass each week.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Dealey Plaza was the assassination site of President JFK in 1963. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum to discover all about the assassination as well as all the conspiracy theories which surround it. Visit the south east corner of the sixth floor from where the shots were fired. From the sixth floor you can see two X’s on the road where JFK was when he was shot.
JFK Assassination Site
Adjacent to the road on Dealey Plaza where President JFK was shot is a commemoration plaque. Some patriots leave flowers by this plaque.
Trammell Crow Center
Trammell Crow Center is the sixth tallest skyscraper in Dallas at 708 feet tall. Built in 1985, this is an example of post modern architecture and will definitely catch your eye as you wonder the Dallas landmarks. It’s located in the Dallas Art District and features the Crow Museum of Asian Art on the bottom floor.
Bank of America Plaza
Bank of America plaza is the tallest of the Dallas landmarks at 921 feet. Naturally, this building grabs your attention but at night even more so as its illuminations make it stand out. Take the express elevator to the 70th floor observation deck to view Dallas from above.
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive
Take a 30 minute drive west on 1-30 to visit Fort Worth. Just north of Fort Worth is Stockyards Station, home to the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive. The famous Texas longhorn cattle herd is driven twice a day through this historic district. Lastly, try get the iconic picture of the longhorns arriving under the Stockyards Station sign.
Dallas Zoo is one of the top zoos in the USA. It’s home to many of Africa’s top mammals including lions, cheetahs, tigers, elephants and gorillas. Birdwatchers can explore the huge bird aviary. Kids will love feeding the giraffes! Finally, if Dallas Zoo doesn’t fulfil your animal viewing needs, take the 30 minutes drive over to explore Fort Worth Zoo.
The Dallas World Aquarium
Underneath all those Dallas landmarks in central Dallas is the Dallas World Aquarium. Not only can you walk between the marine life and view it clearly through glass but you can also take the Cloud Forest Trek through the rainforests of the Americas and view flamingos, hornbills as well as sloths.
Klyde Warren Park
If Atlanta has Piedmont Park and Chicago has Millennium Park then Dallas has Klyde Warren Park. What’s more, Klyde Warren Park is home to a top Instagram spot in the Dallas (above). Stand under the bows for that perfect shot, so perfect that wedding photographers choose Klyde Warren Park for their shoots.
Dallas Museum of Art
Art collections from around the world are displayed here at the Dallas Museum of Art. As a result, art lovers simply must add this the their list of Dallas landmarks. Lastly, Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the country so allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy all the artwork.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Have you ever seen dinosaur fossil skeletons? Perot Museum of Nature and Science is the place to see them, and much more. The T-Rex skeleton is the star of the show but others such as the Woolley Mammoth will also catch your eye! Additionally, there are also huge dinosaur skeletons placed by the window presented with the Dallas landmarks as a backdrop.
Dallas Farmers Market
Texan food is top of many visitors to Dallas list. I’m sure many restaurants will grab your attention as you search for the best Texan food in Dallas. However, a good place to start is the restaurants and food stalls at the Dallas Farmers Market. How about posing for an Instagram photo on the tractor in front of the market before heading in for a bite to eat?
Meyersen Symphony Center
Listen to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in one of the most beautiful Dallas landmarks, Meyersen Symphony Center. As you would expect, Meyersen Symphony Center is located in Dallas Arts District. Perhaps the interior is as impressive as the Palais Garnier in Paris?
Nasher Sculpture Center
Nasher Sculpture Center is an Instagram and selfie heaven with all the sculptures to pose with. In fact, it’s one of the best places in the world to view modern and contemporary sculptures with hundreds on display. Nasher Sculpture Center is easy to add to your Dallas landmarks list as it’s conveniently located next door to the Dallas Museum of Art.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Explore 66 acres of well kept gardens beside the beautiful White Rock Lake. As you pass through each section of the gardens you’ll discover hidden Instagram spots. More impressively, you’ll discover birds in their natural habitat. Relax and spend a whole day here! Finally, if you love spending time in the gardens, why not take the 30 minute drive east to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden?
Six Flags over Texas
Drive 20 minutes west on I-30 to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The top 5 scariest rides here are, Texas SkyScreamer, Titan, Superman, Batman and Mr Freeze. With so much adrenaline, this is the complete opposite of visiting the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden! Finally, Six Flags Over Texas is close to the Dallas Cowboys stadium so can be easily visited on the same day.
Enjoy Your Visit to the Dallas Landmarks
Organising your visit to the Dallas landmarks with KAYAK gives you the freedom to visit where you want when you want. Do you want to relive that fateful day President JFK was shot and go through every conspiracy theory? Or do you prefer to spend your day on the rides at Six Flags over Texas? Maybe you prefer the peace and quiet of the Botanical Garden or a safari at Dallas Zoo? Whatever you plan, make this your trip!
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