Dallas…It’s Not Just For Cowboys

Here we are on the second leg of our 6 day journey to some of the new and returning routes to Harrisburg International. Daily non-stop flights to Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) begin on June 7th with American Airlines.

After landing at DFW, and a stop at the hotel, I took off for the number one tourist destination in Dallas, Dealey Square. If you aren’t familiar, it’s the area in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated from the 6th story window of the book depository. The book depository has now been turned into a museum about JFK and his life, and the tragic events of that day called the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

After a shortened morning, some local eats, specifically some BBQ was in order, so we walked a couple blocks into the historic district and grabbed a bite at Sonny Bryan’s. A brisket sandwich with fried okra and some onion rings and a sweet tea hit the spot.

The rest of the day was spend touring the city on one of my favorite Uber/Lime scooters, and some stops at ‘The Eye,’ ‘The Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive,’ and “Pegasus at the Omni’ (Dallas Public Art).

After some public art stops, I took in some downtime at Main Street Garden and sat in the shade and took in some of Dallas (and avoided some of the heat).

On a side note, did you know that Dallas is the birthplace of the frozen margarita? While I did not have time to walk the walk, Dallas does have a fun app and walk called ‘The Margarita Mile.’ There are twenty must-try margaritas, and rumor has it if you complete “the mile,” Visit Dallas will send you a t-shirt!

The folks at Visit Dallas recommended that my evening be spent exploring and grabbing a bite to eat in the Deep Ellum area of town. According to deepellumtexas.com, “the vibrant, historic district of Deep Ellum is situated east of downtown Dallas and was founded in 1873.  Known for its grit and candor, Deep Ellum has been the city’s hub for music and art throughout its history.  Today, the area is the largest entertainment district in the region and is home to 60+ restaurants, 20+ music venues, and 30+ shops. “

Dinner was at Braindead Brewing in Deep Ellum. Catfish and dirty rice seemed to be a local favorite, and it did not disappoint!

The evening had come to an close but we needed a nice nighttime photo of the city:

Day two was abbreviated due to catching an midday flight to Sarasota, but still was able to take in one more of highlight of Dallas, the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower.

According to their website, “from 470 feet up you’ll experience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens, telescopes, and an indoor/outdoor observation deck that lets you see for miles in any direction. ”

Dallas was described to me by some local Texans as a great two-day destination. It has history, a great arts and music scene, and a lot of luxury for less. There are many upscale hotels in the Dallas area that are a fraction of the cost of what you would pay in New York City. Overall, I agree, and would say my 36 hours in Dallas was a good amount of time spent with some quality touristy things to do. I was unable to make it to nearby Fort Worth in my time in Texas, but hopefully sometime in the near future, we can give you a look into what Fort Worth can add to your trip to Texas.

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