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The city of Dallas is located in the United States of America and has a rich history fixed in farming, ranching, and oil production. Dallas grew rapidly and became a center of trade after the set up of the railroad in 1873. With thousands of years of changing cultures in the past, the Caddo people occupied the Dallas area before the arrival of Spanish colonists that claimed the territory of Texas in the 18th century. Later, France also claimed it; however, the French did not establish too many settlements here. After World War II, the city became home to many banks and insurance corporations, reviving its status as an important business and economic point. With is variety of attractions both old and new, tourists will enjoy the present-day Dallas. The city offers a wide selection of architecture to admire, especially postmodern and modern structures such as the Gothic revival Kirby Building, Swiss Avenue’s Victorian and Neoclassical homes, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The city features several excellent museums, together with the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the Dallas Museum of Art along with first-class attractions like the Reunion Tower and Dallas World Aquarium. Dallas is also home to more outdoors-y attractions, like the Botanical Garden, the lovely Dallas Arboretum and the impressive sculptures in Pioneer Plaza are worth a visit.
Things to do, things to see
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Only a few minutes away from downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden cover about 66 acres near White Rock Lake. The property's fourteen world-famous exhibitions display ornamental shrubs, trees, plant collections and seasonal flowers. The gardens also organize seasonal concerts, outdoor festivals, educational programs, and art shows. You can book guided tours of the property as well. The park was designed on the grounds of a mansion raised in 1939, and completed in 1984. Be sure to go exploring near White Rock Lake Park as well. With many trekking trails and fishing spots, it is an excellent birdwatching and general wildlife spotting area.
The Dallas Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States, encompassing more than 2000 interesting animals from 406 species housed in an assortment of different habitats. It is a fun place to visit for families and is conveniently located just three miles away from the center of the city. It was established in 1888 and focuses on two major regions, the ZooNorth and the Wilds of Africa. The must-see sites at the zoo consist of habitats such as the Otter Outpost, the Wildlife Amphitheater with its demonstrations of birds in flight, Giants of the Savanna, and the Endangered Tiger Habitat with its forested setting. Also, a monorail takes visitors through the Great Rift Valley and glimpses of African countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
Frontiers of Flight and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum
If you are into aeronautics, the Frontiers of Flight Museum is just for you! Home to more than 30 aircraft, the Flight Museum has fascinating exhibits that illustrate the journey of flight from the time of Leonardo da Vinci to space exploration today. The collection at the museum consists of a full-size model of the Wright Flyer; WWI and WWII relics such as a fully restored Stearman PT-17 Kaydet Biplane; artifacts from the Hindenburg; and the Apollo VII craft. Next on display at Love Field is the Braniff Gallery and Virgin America exhibit, which focuses on the history of commercial aviation. For another exceptional aviation museum, don’t forget to visit the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison which is just north of Dallas. What makes it exciting is its location in a massive hangar, and the museum is home to a large collection of aircraft that dates back to WWI, in addition to related artifacts and artwork.
Bishop Arts District
Bored and need something exciting to do? Visit the Bishop Arts District in the North Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, where you can find boundless potential for entertainment, shopping, and dining. The District is home to more than sixty individually owned and operated companies. Here, you can browse through art galleries, stop at chic boutiques and satisfy your taste buds at the restaurants and comfy coffee shops in a friendly atmosphere. Among the unique stores are specialty shops that accommodate male clientele, like the eccentric M'antiques, as well as several women boutiques featuring vintage clothing, and many shops that carring items prepared by local designers and artists. The lively neighborhood often holds family-friendly street festivals and other entertaining events.
Wichita Falls and Kell House
Another fun trip for the whole family is Wichita Falls. Although it is about two hours’ drive northwest of Dallas, it is worth it for those who enjoy arts and culture as the town features a symphony orchestra, many professional theatrical performances, a ballet company, abundant fine museums and events. For history aficionados, the notable Kell House Museum is worth driving for. The house was constructed in 1909 for Frank Kell and his family. The museum is a witness to the past of Wichita Falls, where visitors step back in time and view original pieces from the Kell family. Pass through the beautiful red oak and glass door into a receiving room decorated in Victorian style and you will surely feel you are in the past! If you visit Wichita Falls and continue your journey towards the north, be sure to stop at Lake Meredith where you can experience the fascinating Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum with its attention-grabbing exhibitions about the Texas Panhandle and its fauna and flora.
Vacation rentals at Dallas, United States of America
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