Dallas is what American legends are made of. Texas’s most bustling, lively, and legendary city is famous for its Cowboys, Cheerleaders and the soap opera that swept not only the nation but the world! But aside from the modern highlights, ‘The Big D’ is also famous for post-modern and Gothic Revival architecture and rich art culture. For the fans of the great outdoors, there’s ample cycling, golf, swimming, and cycling spots to be enjoyed, not to mention a very famous Ranch! It’s time to start exploring Dallas!
It may not be the tallest tower in Dallas, but Reunion Tower is certainly the most iconic. The structure, which was completed in 1978, looks like a giant disco ball suspended above five cylindrical concrete poles. At night, the 560ft tower is lit up in twinkling lights to showcase its unique architecture in the city. After some extensive renovations in 2011, the Tower now houses a 360-degree revolving restaurant. But don’t worry, motion sickness is not a problem! You can also check out the spectacular views of the city from the GeO-Deck observation level.
Another well-recognized building in Dallas is the Texas School Book Depository, found at the intersection of Houston and Elm Street. Its popularity is due to a tragic incident. The fatal shots fired by the presumed murderer of President John F. Kennedy were shot from the sixth floor of this building. Today, the memory of Kennedy’s life’s work and tragic death are commemorated in The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Here you can see permanent exhibits from Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, footage, photos, and artifacts in memory of the president. You can also visit a replica of the Oval Office and take in some nature from the 15-acre park adjoining the plaza.
Be immersed in over 24,000 works of art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Since it first opened its doors in 1903, the Museum has accumulated a huge collection of contemporary and ancient art. Some key exhibits include Mediterranean art from ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman eras and European art from the 16th to 19th Century from acclaimed artists such as Claude Monet. Modern art also takes pride of place as artists such as Jackson Pollock are showcased throughout the museum.
If you fancy a trip out of the city, drive out to Southfork Ranch - the famous set location of the 1980s soap opera, Dallas. Only a 25-mile drive out of the city, the ranch welcomes visitors for guided tours of the land and the striking, snow-white mansion, made famous by the show. And if that isn’t enough, you can always hang around after the tour and enjoy an authentic Texan chuck wagon dinner on the ranch grounds! Yee-haw!
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