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Dallas is a modern, glitzy city, but it still holds firm to its Texan identity.
It’s plenty big enough to pack in something for everyone, from arts to retail therapy, and checking out a Dallas city guide is a great way to make sure you won’t miss the main sites.
Staying in the city center will leave you no more than 30 minutes from attractions in all directions, making Dallas an ideal weekend destination.
The following are things to do in Dallas on a weekend city break.
Things to do on a Weekend Trip to Dallas
Stay: The Magnolia Building
The Magnolia Building, now an upscale hotel, is an iconic Beaux-Arts style 29-story building in downtown Dallas.
Opened in 1922, the building was the tallest in the state for many years. It’s famous for the rotating Pegasus logo on the roof, which was replaced at the turn of the century.
The Magnolia is a stunning building both inside and out, and you can pop in and explore the lobby any time and see the fantastic architecture and decor.
Shop: NorthPark Center
If it’s retail therapy you’re after, then the NorthPark Center is the place to visit. Often listed in the top five shopping destinations in the entire United States, the Center has more than 235 stores to cater to all tastes.
NorthPark also displays an impressive art collection throughout the building, including significant works by Mark di Suvero and Andy Warhol. There is even a 1.4-acre mature garden, if you fancy an escape from the urban surroundings.
NorthPark Center is open every day (except for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Walk: The Dallas Arts District
Dallas boasts the largest contiguous urban arts district in the United States, and since 2009 it has been lovingly cared for by a nonprofit organization. The result is a stunning area, serving both local communities and tourists.
The Dallas Arts District features museums, sculptures, and performing arts spaces, as well as amenities like restaurants and parks. The district is a public space and is open 24/7.
To experience the visual art, try a free tour of the Dallas Museum of Art at 2 p.m. every Saturday, or check out the event schedule for a performing arts experience.
Eat, Drink & Party: Dallas Nightlife
Dallas is a lively city with a vibrant nightlife. With its mix of trendy modern vibes and Texan traditions, there are venues to suit all tastes for an evening out.
If fine dining is your thing, then head to Fearings Restaurant within the Ritz-Carlton hotel. The creative food gives Southern cuisine a new twist, with menu items such as antelope with cactus pear glaze.
The trendy Rattlesnake Bar is at the same location, with drinks specials between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. every evening.
For something more relaxed and traditional, try The Rustic. Homestyle meals, locally produced drinks, and regular live music make this outdoor venue perfect for a laid-back evening of Texan entertainment.
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