Loud, brash and ritzy, the Big D has long been known for big finance, big bank accounts and big hair. But, in recent years, Dallas has emerged as a vibrant, fast-growing art destination, drawing connoisseurs who come for weekend-long pilgrimages to explore the riches.

Cheat Sheet

Lay of the Land

The downtown Dallas Arts District, a gleaming neighborhood with architectural stunners by no less than four Pritzker prize–winning architects has brought a more creative consciousness to the city, and numerous innovative chefs are making a splash. Up-and-coming areas like the Bishop Arts District are part of an effort to create more cultural enclaves in a town better known for corporate headquarters.

Highland Park: This affluent neighborhood is Dallas’ answer to Beverly Hills, with gracious mansions, tree-lined streets and some of the city’s best shopping. Outdoor shopping mall Highland Park Village is home to luxury storefronts like Dior, Saint Laurent and Tom Ford along with a few restaurants like the buzzy Mexican favorite, Mi Cocina.

Downtown Dallas and the Arts District: Dallas’ cutting edge art scene is centered in downtown Dallas with the Dallas Museum of ArtNasher Sculpture Garden and Winspear Opera House, in addition to contemporary installations and galleries.

Uptown Dallas:  Between Highland Park and Downtown Dallas lies Uptown, which is home to many of the city’s most luxurious hotels, the American Airlines arena where the Dallas Mavericks play and the city’s best nightlife.

Bishop Arts District: This hipster, small town pocket of the city was recently revitalized and is now home to cool local boutiques, coffee shops and art galleries.

Getting There

Most major airlines fly direct to the sprawling Dallas–Fort Worth Airport, the home hub of American Airlines. Dallas Love Field is a smaller domestic airport located closer to downtown.

When to Go

Dallas is best visited in the fall, winter or spring as summers can be brutally hot.



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