In Texas, Dallas is known as the state’s capital of glitz. Texas’ third largest city’s local reputation for conspicuous consumption has become international too, ever since it became the setting for the 1980s’ flashiest soap opera.
This version of Dallas still lives on in Downtown’s glass towers, the designer shops of the Galleria mall and the sprawling houses of upscale Preston Hollow. But there’s more to Dallas - as home to a new Norman Foster designed opera house, Rem Koolhaas’ Wylie Theatre and a Museum of Art with a recently doubled contemporary art collection, the city is also a cultural hub. In neighbourhoods such as the old jazz and blues district of Deep Ellum and the art deco Bishop Arts District, there’s a grittier, artsy feel. Texas’ cowboy history is likewise never far below the surface. Rodeos in the suburb of Allen and country music shows at South Dallas’ Gilley’s bring in many visitors, as do the steak barbecues in the old stockyards of Dallas’ sister city, Fort Worth.
This family friendly fun includes a real cowboy dinner, with real cowboy hospitality and even a rodeo or bull riding on the weekends. Located in the historic Fort Worth, Texas Stockyards near downtown, Billy Bob's Texas has become one of the most popular visitor attractions and meeting facilities in the state. Families of all ages can test their skills on the large variety of video games, arcade games and pool tables. They can even become an instant rodeo legend on their Photo Bull too.
The sight of the assassination of JFK. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is an educational and permanent historic exhibit that examines the life, times, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy within the context of American history. The museum's exhibition area uses historic films, photographs, artefacts and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination, the findings of the official investigations that followed and the historical legacy of that national tragedy.