Friday, August 21, 2009

Travel Tips: 3 Days in Dallas

Sightseeing in Dallas (A Sample 3-Day Itinerary)

Dallas...home of the Cowboys, the place where Kennedy was shot, and home of the original Neiman Marcus! If you've only got three days to spend in Dallas, you are going to be busy! Be prepared to SHOP, EAT, and GO, GO, GO!

Day 1

Start your day, fueling up at Breadwinners on McKinney (the Uptown location). This is a popular local hangout so get there early or be prepared to wait. After breakfast, head over to Delany Plaza...this is where John F. Kennedy was shot. While there, tour the 6th Floor Museum. Delany Plaza is in the Historic West End area of Dallas, so spend some time walking around. If you're hungry, grab a quick bite to eat.

Next stop...the Dallas World Aquarium. Spend the heat of the afternoon exploring marine (and various other wildlife) from around the world.

Are you tired yet? Return to your hotel and freshen up for dinner. Enjoy dinner at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. It is in the Reunion Tower (You know, the iconic-ball that lights up the Dallas skyline). I highly recommend making reservations.

Day 2

Shop 'til you drop! Start at the original Neiman's in Downtown. I personally never buy anything here, but it is always fun to window shop here. You'll get the "Pretty Woman" shopping experience (the second one)...without the sugar daddy to bank roll you.

Then trek up to North Dallas and visit the Galleria. Peruse the specialty boutiques, grab a bite to eat, and twirl around on the skating rink.

Freshen up at your hotel for diner and set out for dinner. Plan to dine at one of my favorite places...Patrizio's. It's located in Highland Park Village. They have a fantastic patio and great Italian food. Not in the mood for Italian? Try Mi Cocina...just across the way. They have some of the best Tex-Mex.

Day 3

Spend the day at a slower pace and experience life in Dallas during the late-1800's at Dallas Heritage Village. If that isn't your thing...well perhaps a leisurely day at Southfork Ranch...yes, the legendary Dallas Ranch where the 1980's TV show "Dallas" was filmed. The first time I toured Southfork, I was amazed at all the "Camera tricks."

No trip to Dallas is complete without eating at a Steakhouse. If you visit the Heritage Village, go to Bob's Steak and Chop House on Lemmon Avenue. If you go to Southfork, then dine at III Forks on the way home.

Visiting Dallas in the summer? Check out whether Shakepseare in the Park coincides with your trip, and make sure to squeeze it in somewhere.

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