I fell in love with Texas about a minute after stepping off the plane in Dallas. Hearing the accent of the locals for the first time, as well as their excitement when finding out that the Cowboys won their play-off game while we were in the air, made me realise that Texas was going to be everything I had dreamt. During my three-day stay, it quickly confirmed its spot as one of my absolute favourite states in the US. I can honestly say that the Texan locals are some of the friendliest people I have ever met in my life. It was the perfect introduction to the South. Here is what I got up to during my time in Dallas (and day trip to Fort Worth!).
My sister and I stayed in a beautiful boutique hotel, the Magnolia Hotel. It is located in the heart of downtown Dallas. I would definitely recommend it. Our room was lovely, complete with two queen-sized beds. Free alcoholic drink coupons are provided to guests to use at the bar. Yes, we all know that free wine is the way to my heart, but there is something even cooler about this hotel… It also has a free cookie bar every night! So, you can drink for free during Happy Hour and then eat an abundance of free, delicious cookies later in the evening. Um, what more can you ask for in a hotel? Future travellers to Dallas, you are welcome.
Sightseeing and Activities
I have wanted to visit Dallas for a long time. It is the location of the tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy, my favourite historical figure of all-time. I have spent significant amounts of time studying both his life and assassination. Standing on Elm Street, the exact spot of one of the most notable events in American history, was very surreal. We also visited the Sixth Floor Museum, located in School Book Depository Building, from where Oswald is said to have fired the fatal shots. Let me just say that the exhibits are very, um, comprehensive. Even as someone who is hugely interested in it, I sometimes found that there was too much information presented in a small space. In terms of original artifacts from the event, there are only a few. However, the only reason I wanted to go to the museum was to look out the exact window that Oswald used, so I was not disappointed.
One place I visited in Dallas that I unexpectedly loved was the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. My sister also loved it. We were definitely not fans of the Bush administration, so I did not expect to be that impressed, but we both walked out saying “wow”. All of the exhibits are done to an incredibly high standard. It also feels very personal, as though you can sense that the Bush family frequently visit – which they apparently do. Laura Bush was there the week before us! I would highly recommend that anyone with even the slightest interest in politics or leadership pay this museum a visit. We managed to fit all of the JFK stuff and this museum into one day. To get between them, we just used the DART rail.
We also made a day trip to Fort Worth, which is about an hour’s train ride from Dallas. I wanted to see its famous historical stock yards. We went on a weekday, so it was very quiet, but it was still awesome to see. It felt like being in a country-western movie, which is exactly what I had hoped for. There were saloons everywhere. And we got to see some Texas longhorns be herded down the main street! We had lunch at Billy Bob’s Honky Tonk. Its claim to fame is being the biggest honky tonk in the world. Honestly, we did not even know what a honky tonk was prior to this! The city of Fort Worth itself is also quite nice to explore. It is an easy day trip from Dallas on the Trinity Railway Express.
That is all of the main information from my short stay in Dallas. I definitely hope to get back to the Lone Star state soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them below.