FACTS ABOUT DALLAS
Counties: Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, Kaufman
Population: 1,197,816 (city)
Climate: Dallas is known for its warm, dry winds that make summers regularly push past 100-degrees and winters mild affairs. Spring and autumns are mild, as well, with little volatility.
Time Zone: Central
Dallas Top Venues: American Airlines Center, Cotton Bowl, Fair Park Music Hall, Reunion Arena
Teams in Dallas: Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars
Featured Events in Dallas: Cotton Bowl, Texas vs Oklahoma
The third-largest city in the state, Dallas it is the epitome of Texan culture, as everything is bigger and more impressive than anywhere else in the country. From sports to music to food, there is certainly no lack of things for vacationers to do and see.
It's hard to imagine Dallas without sports. As one of the few cities in the country that has four major sports teams, the citizens breathe athletics. Although the Cowboys technically play in nearby Arlington, they will always be associated with Dallas. Affectionately referred to as America's Team, the Cowboys are one of the most iconic franchises in the world, and their beautiful state-of-the-art stadium is testament to that.
Of course, the Cowboys aren't the only team to call the city home. The Dallas Mavericks of the NBA have been one of the most successful teams in the last decade or so, thanks in large part to the leadership of their charismatic owner Mark Cuban. They play their home games at the American Airlines Center, which is also home to the Dallas Stars of the NHL.
Sports may be a huge part of life for Dallas natives, but it is definitely not the only thing the city has to offer. If you're lucky enough to be in the state toward the end of September and into October, you'll be able to attend the State Fair of Texas. Held every year since 1886, the fair is one of the most widely attended of its kind, and features everything from a 212-foot Ferris Wheel to a full-blown car show.
Dallas is also home to a vibrant performing arts scene as well. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall hosts some of the most renowned ensembles around and is the permanent home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. But those looking to take in a less refined show may want to head over to the American Airlines Center, which is frequently used for concerts and has routinely been cited as one of the best places to catch a show.
You'd also be remiss if you did not at least indulge a little in the delicious food Dallas has to offer. Famous for its barbecue and authentic Mexican food, it's to resist the temptation of the plentiful restaurants, which Dallas has in spades.