They say, “everything is bigger in Texas”. Perhaps there is no city in the state that believes this commonly used phrase more than this one.
The follow-up is usually, “does bigger mean better?”.
That’s for travelers to decide. Whether it’s a gargantuan skyline, overloaded barbecue plates or even wide open spaces, this Texas city packs it all in.
This historic city built by the riches of an oil boom has seen decades of growth yet is somehow not typically seen as a top getaway in the U.S.
We at Travel Off Path disagree. So much so, we awarded Dallas as a top 10 destination for 2024. Not only within the U.S., but the world!
Here are 5 reasons why you should visit this Texas city in 2024:
A Foodie Heaven
Ironically, one of the biggest cities in the Bible Belt is a foodie heaven. Dallas is home to just about any type of grub imaginable.
Not often seen as a cultural city, Dallas is full of surprises when it comes to the variety of cuisine you can find across its vast city limits.
Of course, what first comes to mind is jam-packed plates of barbecue. There are so many BBQ joints, locals each have their favorite.
Behind barbecue, Mexican food is another common household argument starter. Although, many would agree the “Mexican food” should be classified as “Tex-Mex”.
There are trendy restaurants of many international cuisines all over, but the ultimate foodie experience each year is the famous Texas State Fair held right here in Dallas.
Dallas even takes a page out of Austin’s book with new food trucks and food halls popping up left and right.
Just like your gut after indulging in all of Dallas’s food, the city is expanding outward. One of the trendiest places outside Dallas proper is the booming city of Frisco, which is just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas.
This small town turned trendy city has seen crazy amounts of growth over the years. For tourists, it is a shop-til-you-drop stop on your Dallas getaway.
Home to the 1.6 million square foot Stonebriar Centre, this place gives the Mall of America a run for its money.
Along with shopping, there are, of course, seemingly endless restaurants and bars to choose from, such as the charming Rail District.
Frisco is on a nonstop mission to make a name for itself with continued projects in the coming years, including a new Universal Studios in the works.
Dallas isn’t just big trucks and country music; there are some hip neighborhoods going against the grain of what Dallas is known to be.
The Bishop Arts District, a short drive from downtown Dallas, is thriving with vibrant local shops, bars and restaurants.
Another cool neighborhood a stone’s throw from downtown is Deep Ellum. This quirky area is home to everything from tattoo shops to bars to giant robot statues for no apparent reason.
Just north of Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville is a row of walkable shops and eateries and long famous for the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party.
Wide Selection Of Arts
Downtown has seen somewhat of a revitalization over the years as many visitors would find themselves in uptown over downtown.
Now upgraded with ritzy hotels, fine dining, and eye-popping artworks, exploring beneath the skyline is a fun playground for all types of travelers.
What stands out the most is Dallas’s arts scene, which is the biggest urban arts district in the nation. Beyond street murals and random art installations, the museums of Dallas are home to some of the most sought-after masterpieces in the world from the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Warhol, and more.
Don’t Forget About Fort Worth
When you fly into Dallas, you will arrive at the Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Just 30 minutes away, Fort Worth is a worthy destination in its own right.
While locals complain of traffic driving between the two cities, Fort Worth had no problem bringing in enough visitors to break all time tourism records.
Known as Where the West Begins, this cowboy town is home to the timeless Stockyards, new luxurious hotels gaining national attention and classic honky-tonks to shake your badonkadonk.
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