What to Do in Dallas See the documentaries, photographs and artifacts that chronicle the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (411 Elm St.). Poignant exhibits documenting John F. Kennedy's life and legacy are housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, where investigators found Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle and “sniper's perch” on Nov. 22, 1963.
Before paying your respects at the nearby John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial (on Market St., between Main and Commerce sts.), stroll around Dealey Plaza. Try to visualize the crowds cheering Kennedy's motorcade as it makes its ill-fated turn onto Elm Street. For the best view of the area, climb the infamous grassy knoll—at its crest, a concrete pergola honoring Dallas founder John Neely Bryan has become the unofficial headquarters for dedicated conspiracy theorists.
Visit the crown jewel of Dallas shopping: Neiman Marcus' flagship store (1618 Main St.), opened in downtown Dallas in 1914. While elegant displays peddle glittery baubles and satiny garments, the legendary strawberry butter-topped popovers of the Zodiac Restaurant , located on level six, pretty much sell themselves.
Continue browsing in this stylish locale, which boasts more retail opportunities per capita than any other major U.S. city. For designer labels (Chanel and Diane von Furstenberg), exquisite jewels and timepieces (Harry Winston), and distinctive footwear (Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin), well-heeled Texans patronize Highland Park Village (Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane), a lovely, tree-shaded shopping center established in 1931.
Snag tickets to see the NBA Mavericks or the NHL Stars play at the American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Ave.) during your trip. After the game, party like a rock star at ritzy W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences ' The Living Room (2440 Victory Park Ln.), or any of the other trendy bars and nightlife spots in the area.
Explore the 68-acre Downtown Dallas Arts District, southeast of SR 366 at Ross Avenue and St. Paul Street. In addition to sheltering such impressive cultural venues as the AT&T Performing Arts Center (2403 Flora St.), the Crow Collection of Asian Art (2010 Flora St.) and the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N. Harwood St.), the area boasts outdoor artwork and architectural stunners like the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a High Victorian Gothic structure dedicated in 1902.
Cheer on hard-knuckled athletes at the Mesquite ProRodeo Series , a rugged competition founded in Mesquite in 1958 by a group of cowboys—among them five-time world champion bull rider Harry Tomkins and Jim Shoulders, the “Babe Ruth of Rodeo.” From June through August, participants showcase such essential Texan skills as lassoing and bronco riding in the slick Mesquite Arena (1818 Rodeo Dr.).
Use the Halo system to learn about the city and interact with it and get digital information to see landmarks and milestones in the city. Ascend Reunion Tower , part of the Hyatt Regency Dallas complex (300 Reunion Blvd.), and dine 560 feet off the ground at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck , a revolving restaurant that features fine Asian cuisine and floor-to-ceiling windows affording panoramic views of the city.
Travel to nearby Arlington to see Dallas' five-time Super Bowl winners pull on their star-stamped helmets. If the Cowboys aren't playing, you can tour the team's magnificent domed home, AT&T Stadium (1 AT&T Way).
Catch a concert, check out agricultural exhibits, indulge in deep-fried delicacies and holler “Howdy!” to a 55-foot-tall cowboy named Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas (R.B. Cullum Blvd. and Pennsylvania Ave.). Beginning in late September, the country's largest state fair attracts more than 2.4 million people annually to historic Fair Park (2 mi. e. of downtown off I-30).
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of Dallas is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 13 percent.
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Baylor University Medical Center, (214) 802-0111 or (800) 422-9567; Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, (214) 324-6100; Medical City Dallas Hospital, (972) 566-7000; Methodist Dallas Medical Center, (214) 947-8181; UT Southwestern University Hospital–St. Paul, (214) 645-5555.
325 N. St. Paul St. Dallas, TX 75201. Phone:(214)571-1000 or (800)232-5527
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Hertz, (972) 453-4600 or (800) 654-3131, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak's Union Station is at 400 S. Houston St. For train schedule and ticket information, phone (214) 653-1101 or (800) 872-7245.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus station, (214) 849-6831 or (800) 231-2222, is at 205 S. Lamar St.; five other bus lines depart from this address.
Taxis are metered. The initial charge is $2.25 plus $1.80 for the first mile. Rates are then $1.80 for each additional mile, and $2 for each additional passenger. Taxis leaving from the airport charge an additional $5 departure fee. Yellow Cab, (214) 426-6262, is the main company serving the area.
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART) provides light-rail and bus service in the area. Two-hour passes are $2.50 for local routes and $3.50 for system routes including all DART buses and trains. Day passes are $5 for local routes and $7 for system routes. A 7-day pass is available. Exact change is required. Phone (214) 979-1111.