Dallas, Home of the Cowboy
By Ron Rego 6/8/11
With so many places to visit in the United States, it seems Dallas would not be on the list. But Dallas has a lot to offer visitors from all over the world.
It would all have to start with the Dallas Cowboys. If you intend on going to Texas make sure it is during football season so you can go to a Dallas Cowboy game. The Cowboy franchise is worth the most in sports and visiting the new stadium is a must for Dallas visitors. With the insurgence of the Dallas Mavericks, get to a game there and say hi to Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner.
Nature lovers will have plenty to see as well. White Rock Lake has over 9 miles of trails and the complete loop around the lake is about 3 hours. It attracts many types of birds including green parrots located on the south side of the lake. Also there, you can fish and go horseback riding and should be a day of fun. To top it all off, it is a free day as well. Other places for the nature lover is the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas World Aquarium. The zoo features gorillas, cheetahs and of course elephants. The aquarium will surely be a treat with manatees, toucans and rare sea dragons. Finally, you also can visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden while at White Rock Lake.
If you enjoy the arts, Dallas has its’ fair share. The Nashur Sculpture Center has works by Rodin and Picasso which is a must see. The Dallas Museum of Art is another location to see as it constantly changes many of the exhibits. They have featured Degas, Picasso, Golden Age of the Pharaohs and much more. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza is a permanent exhibit about the assassination of JFK. Audio cassette tours are available in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English. Some of the displays include enlarged police photos and news footage of the tragedy.
There are certainly many things to do in Dallas, including going to Six-Flags amusement park.The Palace of Wax/ Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is a great stop as they feature scenes from Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. The horror section is very life like and will be worth the trip itself.
As far as food is concerned, Dakota’s Steakhouse has history and great food. On top of the 50-story Reunion Tower is Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. With floor to ceiling window, this view adds to the great food and gives you an amazing dining experience. These are just three of the many great restaurants in Dallas.
This makes a trip to Dallas a wonderful way to spend your vacation. It may not get the hype like New York, L.A. or Boston, but Dallas has its’ own specialties. There are so many places to go see what it is like to be a real cowboy. Check out those ranches and enjoy the stay.