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Dallas Reunion TowerAccording to the last count the population of Dallas was 1.3 million, making Dallas the 3rd largest city in Texas, after Houston and San Antonio and the 9th largest city in the United States.

Dallas is the economic center of a 12 county metropolitan area with a population around 6.5 million, making the area, known as The Metroplex, as the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

The Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area is the largest in the United States with no shipping link to the sea.. But, even with no sea shipping Dallas serves as a major port, with numerous rail lines, interstate highways and one of the world's busiest airports, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Dallas is the county seat of Dallas County. Parts of Dallas extend to the surrounding counties of Rockwall, Denton, Collin and Kaufman.

Like many other towns in the world, Dallas sprang up beside a river, with that river being the Trinity River. Eventually massive levees were built to protect Dallas from floods. After years of neglecting the Trinity River a plan to add recreational venues, like lakes and trails and other improvements was begun in the early 2000s, to be completed in the 2010s. This is called the Trinity River Project.

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DALLAS MUSEUMS

Dallas Center for Contemporary Art serves as an information center for the visual arts. The Dallas Holocaust Center is dedicated to teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and memorializing the victims of the Nazis. The Dallas Museum of Art's collection includes American masterpieces by O'Keefe, Wyeth and Church, contemporary art by Warhol, Pollock, Lichtenstein and Rothko and impressionist art by Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne and Monet.

Nasher Sculpture Garden in the Dallas Arts DistrictThe Nasher Sculpture Center is the latest addition to the Dallas Arts District. The Center is made up of a 54,000 square foot building holding the contemporary art collection of philanthropist Ray Nasher, plus a 2 acre sculpture garden.

In Fair Park you will find the Age of Steam Railroad Museum where you can relive the golden age of passenger trains. The African American Museum has one of the largest collections of African-American folk art in America. The Dallas Museum of Nature & Science collection has more than 280,000 specimens with many hands-on exhibits about physics, nature, inventions and the world of discovery.

The Sixth Floor Museum is in the West End Historic District at Dealey Plaza. A permanent exhibit covering the life and death of President John F. Kennedy with films, photographs, artifacts, videos and audio.

THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS

The State Fair of Texas takes place in Dallas at Fair Park annually for 3 weeks in late September through mid-October. The State Fair of Texas started off in 1936 with the Texas Centennial Exposition. The State Fair of Texas is one of the biggest in North America.

DEEP ELLUM ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

Deep Ellum, so named because Elm Street is the main street in this old warehouse district. The several blocks that make up Deep Ellum are bound by Elm, Commerce, Oakland and Good Latimer Streets. In the 1920's Deep Ellum became a hotbed of Jazz and blues. In modern day Deep Ellum you can still find plenty of music, along with restaurants, clubs, bars, shops, galleries and murals.

PIONEER PLAZA

Pioneer Plaza is a 4.2 acre park-like setting, located next to historic Pioneer Cemetery and the Dallas Convention Center. Pioneer Plaza contains the world's largest bronze monument, with 40 Texas Longhorn being trail driven by 3 cowboys on horseback.

REUNION TOWER

Reunion Tower at the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex in Dallas, TexasReunion Tower is the focal point of what is known as the Reunion area and is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex. Reunion Tower is 561 feet tall. Reunion Tower opened in 1978. The top of the tower is 3 floors encased in a geodesic sphere. A 68 second elevator ride takes you to the first level, which is the observation deck (currently closed for renovations), the second level is a revolving Wolfgang Puck restaurant called Five Sixty, with the third level being a club called The Dome.

McKINNEY AVENUE TROLLEY

On the McKinney Avenue Trolley the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority will take you on a free ride on McKinney Avenue on vintage streetcars, taking the trolley from the Dallas Arts District to the McKinney Avenue Uptown Neighborhood. Along the way you will find restaurants, clubs, antique shops and galleries.

DALLAS ZOO

The Dallas Zoo covers 95 acres, featuring many endangered and rare species. The 25 acre Wilds of Africa was picked as the best African exhibit in the United States. Another popular exhibit is the ExxonMobil Endangered Tiger Habitat with Sumatran and Indochinese tigers. A DART light rail line can take you to the Dallas Zoo.

DALLAS ARBORETUM

The Dallas Arboretum is on the southern shores of White Rock Lake. There are 66 acres of foliage, along with two historical mansions.

DALLAS FARMERS MARKET

The Dallas Farmers Market is open daily from 8am til 6pm. The market began in the 19th century, with local farmers selling their fresh produce. By 1900 the area around Pearl and Cadiz Streets became a hub of wholesale produce business, which continues to this day in what is known as the Farmers Market District of downtown Dallas.

WHERE TO STAY IN DALLAS

If you like to spend a lot of money and stay in a real nice hotel, Dallas has a lot of options for you to do so. At The Hotel Palomar you will find Trader Vic's, a once famous Polynesian joint where celebrities used to hang out when they were in Dallas. The Adolphus Hotel is a beautiful architectural wonder in the Barogue style. The Melrose Hotel is a 1924 historic Dallas landmark, located in the Oak Lawn zone north of downtown. If money is totally no object there is The Crescent Court Hotel, located in the Uptown area, with Euro-style rooms with balconies. Across the street from Crescent Court you will find more swank at Hotel ZaZa, with a tropical pool. At the Mansion on Turtle Creek you will be staying at a place with a worldwide reputation for luxury, with a southwestern cuisine themed restaurant that is equally renowned.

If you want to do Dallas, but like to travel in a way that stretches your vacation dollars, in Dallas you will find all the national chain "cheap" motels.

If camping is your lodging choice, Cedar Hills State Park has 355 very nice wooded campsites located in a nature preserve on Lake Joe Pool, with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and a marina.

WHERE TO EAT IN DALLAS

Monica's Aca y Alla, located in Deep Ellum, is known for its salsa and salsa dancing. At RJ's Mexican Cuisine you will find a bit of a different take on regular Tex-Mex. Gloria's, in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, 5 minutes south of downtown, is known for its Salvadoran and Mexican specialties. At Dakota's you'll find New American cuisine and steaks. You will also find steak at The Butcher Shop Steakhouse. For New Millennium Southwestern cuisine head to celebrity chef Stephan Pyles namesake restaurant. If you are in the downtown Dallas zone and in the mood for Sushi, head slightly east of downtown to Deep Ellum to Deep Sushi. For jazz and a Veggie Burger head to the Brooklyn Jazz Cafe, on Lamar, south of downtown.

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