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Dallas

Everything is bigger in Dallas! Art, BBQ joints and shopping hubs have all been supersized in this ritzy American city. You'll find fine dining, football fanatics and vibrant late night venues in each district. So, pack your bags and explore this Texan city with the help of our travel guide.

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Places to stay

Hotels steeped in history, budget-friendly apartments amidst late-night boot-scooting bars and boutique hotels, can all be found in Dallas. In the heart of the Downtown area, you'll find some of the luxury stays this ritzy city is known for like The Joule, The Adolphus and Omni Dallas Hotel. If it's small-town vibes you're after, the vibrant Bishop Arts District has plenty of bars, boutiques and bistros nestled in next to its charming hotels and budget stays.

For an enjoyable evening out, Deep Ellum is a lively neighbourhood with a thriving nightlife. Here you'll find plenty of places to rest up after a fun night out. One of the oldest areas in the city, Uptown Dallas, is great if you want tree-lined streets and pleasant Airbnbs. Finding an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas isn't hard, but with so many incredible options to choose from, deciding on one might be.

Things to do

Whether you came to Dallas to dig into some southern BBQ, immerse yourself in America's biggest arts district or spend big in its many high-class boutiques, this brash city is humming with activity.

Make sure you visit the Dallas Arts District, the largest in the US, filled with world-class museums, like the Dallas Museum of Art this area is ever-evolving. Want to support the team? Visit the Dallas Cowboys headquarters, The Star in Frisco and if you're lucky you may spot the team on training day.

Spend your afternoons outdoors, drink a pitcher at The Truck Yard, a former junkyard turned beer garden. Once you catch a whiff of the famed southern BBQ, it won't be long before you seek out one of the city's smokehouses. Iconic joints like Pecan Lodge, Cattleack Barbeque and Mac's Bar-B-Que serve up some of the city's best grub.

To sample another side of the city's diverse culinary scene, visit Trompo for tacos, Khao Noodle Shop for a Laotian feast or Petra and the Beast for an innovative tasting menu. Sip cocktails at Truth & Alibi or listen to some old school blues at Louie Louie's piano bar, Deep Ellum is the neighbourhood is the place to be. Scooting out of Dallas with a full belly, bag and camera, the next city will have big boots to fill.

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Texas State Fair

As the largest state fair in the nation, there's no way you can miss the Texas State Fair in September and October. Over 24 days, this world-famous fair brings together food, music and Texan culture all under the shadow of one giant Ferris wheel. Brimming with deep-fried goodies, award-winning crafts, cute baby animals and concerts that kick on even after the sugar rush has worn off, it's worth joining in on the celebrations.

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Day Trip: Fort Worth

Just a half hour's drive from central Dallas, Fort Worth has that cowboy feel you come to Texas for. Take in the history of this Wild West city at the National Cowboys of Colour Museum, the National Cowgirls Museum or the Texas Cowboys Hall of Fame. To catch some cowboys and cowgirls in action, visit the Stockyards Rodeo or stop in at Billy Bob's Texas where bulls go hand in hand with bands and beers.

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Getting around

From the airport: Qantas flights to Dallas arrive at Terminal D of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. You can take an Uber, taxi, catch the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to your hotel.

In and around the city: enjoy the free D-Link service to explore downtown Dallas and historic Oak Cliff areas.

The DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) provides reliable transportation to key locations around the city including the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre Dallas, hotels, shopping and attractions. It also connects to Fort Worth, via a connector to Trinity Railway Express, Dallas Love Field and DFW International Airport.

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