Bounded by the freeway loop of four interstate highways, Downtown Dallas is rich with cultural and historical attractions and jam- packed with restaurants, nightlife and shopping. In the center are gleaming skyscrapers and Dealey Plaza, where the Sixth Floor Museum memorializes John F Kennedy. North of the plaza lies the West End Historic District, its warehouses transformed into eclectic shops and restaurants. East of plaza is Dallas Arts District, the city’s cultural center, home to world-class institutions like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Tramwell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Arts. The jazz clubs and funky shops that define Deep Ellum are just east, under the interstate overpass.
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North of downtown, stylish Uptown deserves its glamorous reputation as the nexus of all things chic and sophisticated. Modern condominiums and elegant townhouses rub shoulders with the trendy restaurants and art galleries clustered on McKinney Avenue. A few blocks to the west, Old Town is the heart of artsy and gay Dallas. Cedar Springs Road caters to its upscale residents with a smattering of stylish restaurants, shops and nightclubs. The Dallas Theater Center stages an eclectic mix of local and touring productions.
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Suburban Addison, 30 minutes north of downtown Dallas, is home to an ever-growing jumble of restaurants and hotels. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is close by, making this area a draw for business travelers. However, the area’s real star attraction is the sophisticated Galleria shopping complex, with its light- filled atrium filled with names like Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue and Gucci. An ice-skating rink and a play space entertain the kids.
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Park Cities, north of downtown Dallas, encompasses the wealthy enclaves of Highland Park and University Park. Deep-pocket shoppers head to the boutiques – Prada, Bottega Veneta – of Highland Park Village. Lovers of the outdoors can explore White Rock Lake for its ample scenic hiking, biking and boating opportunities. Also here is the Dallas Arboretum &Botanical Garden, where colorful gardens in full bloom and shady, tree-lined paths invite peaceful strolls away from city’s hustle and bustle.
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Arlington sits between Dallas and Fort Worth, 30 minutes from each, alongside the interstate highway that connects them. Sports fans converge at the major-league Rangers Ballpark in Arlington or at Texas Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys football team. The amusement parks of Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor provide plenty of family thrills.
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