The City Known as Big D

The eighth-largest city in the United States, is Dallas known to locals as simply Big D.

Dallas is extremely spread out, covering nearly 400 square miles. Traditionally, most people have worked in the down town central business district and commuted to their homes in residential districts primarily north and east. It is the top business and leisure destination in Texas.

The lowest point in Dallas history came on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on a downtown street. The event cast the city in an awful light.

Dallas has suddenly become resolutely cosmopolitan, with chic and sophisticated pan-Asian, Italian, and South western newcomers injecting life into the local dining scene. With a density of restaurants greater than New York City, it is truly a food lover’s town.

They like to boast that they have more shopping per capita in this city than any other in the United States.

Greenville Avenue is one of the oldest entertainment areas in Dallas and is home to many eclectic and boutique shops as well as great bars, live entertainment clubs, and restaurants. Knox Street boasts a variety of restaurants as well as unique furniture stores and antique galleries. Anchor stores include Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Smith & Hawken, Weir’s.

Dallas has a lively night life, with enough in the way of performing arts and theatre to entertain highbrows. More than enough bars and clubs to satisfy the young and the restless. In fact, in recent years the live music scene claims to have outpaced that of Austin which continues to call itself the Live Music Capital of the World.

The Dallas Zoo is located on over 95 hilly acres and showcasing some of the largest animals in the wild, including tigers, giraffes lions, elephants and the recently renovated Dallas Zoo is best known for its Wild of Africa exhibit.

Fair Park is Dallas’ largest cultural centre, and an historical treasure of national importance. Established in 1880, Fair Park is owned and operated by the City of Dallas and has nearly 300 acres of museums, exhibit facilities, and park areas. Alone, it rivals many cities in its diverse selection of meeting venues. It is also home to eight museums, an IMAX Theatre, a planetarium.

The Cotton Bowl Aquarium is an outdoor amphitheatre, Music Hall at Fair Park. Broadway shows, ballet, opera, and over one-hundred special events and cultural festivals are held here each year.

Douglas Scott writes and works for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Dallas Rental Site

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