As the corner of Texas where modernity and a sometime tragic history bang their heads, Dallas is an odd mish-mash; an exuberant and bordering on brash city self-branded as ‘The Big D’, and home to everything from a presidential assassination to a plethora of wealthy boutiques.
If you’re a fan of history, you’ll no doubt already have debated the Book Depository vs. Grassy Knoll argument on the Kennedy Assassination. Whatever you’re conclusions, you can get a further insight within the modern day Book Depository, where you’ll find an insightful reminder of a day that changed the course of American history, when one of the most popular President’s of all time left us, soon to be followed by his brother.
Dallas, though, has long since recovered, and these days the skyscraper-tinged modernism is so elegant that the city’s become one of the nation’s major business centres, a popular choice for everything from conferences to stylish HQs. The Bank of America and Exxon Mobil both call Dallas home, and with a modern skyline set against a backdrop of the latest in commercial fashion and plenty of hikable greenery, it’s easy to see what makes this part of Texas so liveable.
The Museum of Art plays host to its own Monet originals, the impressive Conspiracy Museum covers everything from Oswald Bailey to Aliens via the moon landing, while the Southfork Ranch – former home of the cult TV series Dallas – brings back curious small screen memories, and is also now host to the gun used in the Kennedy assassination. If you’re a real museum buff, Fair Park hosts half a dozen of them, while there’s also an excellent aquarium and a subtropical Discovery Gardens to enjoy.
Some argue Dallas is soulless. Given the penchant for clinical modernity, it’s even possible to see where the argument comes from, but sports, history and art lovers all beg to differ. Whatever your conclusions, Dallas sheds Texas in a different light to Houston or Austin, and for that reason alone its well worth a visit.
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