48 Hours in Dallas

by Joanne Campbell on 27 November 2015, 12:11PM

The city break that’s on many travellers’ minds - a modern, green city where you are surrounded by all varieties of art and museums, sports and restaurants and of course a glamourous feel throughout. Our challenge, how will you make the most of two days in Dallas? 


Dallas in North Texas is served by a variety of direct air routes from London and has excellent transport systems for getting from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to the city centre. It is the perfect year-round city break destination, July being the hottest month with average temperatures peaking at 36c degrees and in January the sun still shines with average temperatures of 6-12c degrees. Spring and autumn are perfect times to explore this destination.

This feature provides you with travel tips on how to spend 48 hours in Dallas, from breakfast time to chilling time as this contemporary city is surrounded with visitor attractions. We want you to have the best experience - if you have a larger time frame in the city, that’s even better!

Day One

Try to experience as much as you can of the Dallas’ attractions and culture. Start your first day with Breakfast at the CBD Provisions, a modern Texas brasserie adjacent to The Joule Hotel in the heart of downtown Dallas. The homemade menu has something for everyone, and the green Chile pork migas with scrambled egg and queso fresco will certainly hit the spot. Dallas is known for its barbecue, authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine.


As you’re in downtown Dallas, The Sixth Floor Museum & Dealey Plaza has got to be next port of call. Examine the life, times, assassination and legacy of President J.F Kennedy through films, photos and artefacts in the very spot according to four government investigations that Lee Harvey Oswald shot the President on 22 November 1963.  


Now you’ll certainly want to see more of downtown Dallas, so experiencing one of the largest art museums in America, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is next. DMA is located in Dallas’s Art District – the largest district of art venues in America - so you may want to have a look around the neighbourhood too! Back at the DMA and you’ll find over 24,000 dynamic, local and worldwide collections of art from the third millennium BC to the present day. 


With lunchtime upon you, Klyde Warren Park is definitely a must see. It’s perfect for relaxing, people watching and eating whether you wish to eat in one of the restaurants or enjoy produce from the food trucks. The park opened in 2012 and was built over Woodall Rodgers Freeway, an eight lane freeway connecting Dallas uptown with the Dallas Arts District and downtown Dallas, and as a result the city is an easier pedestrian-accessed urban space.

With your chilling time done, the fun begins. Adults and kids love the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Victory Park, downtown Dallas. The Museum inspires curiosity, bringing science to life.

Dinner time, everyone’s favourite time in Dallas! The Pecan Lodge is a must try, an independent and award winning BBQ/Southern food restaurant located in Deep Ellum, Dallas. Hang around Deep Ellum for a drink or two - it’s a fun neighbourhood with amazing street art and fantastic nightly entertainment. Although if a music event is your thing you certainly won’t have trouble finding one in Dallas, there are a variety of concert venues in the Big D and you’re likely to find some entertainment that’s up your street. 

Day Two

Do breakfast at the Oddfellows in Bishop Arts District, from beignets to wild boar chorizo with goat cheese – you’ll have a good one! Let’s go to the place everybody thinks of when Dallas is mentioned - Southfork Ranch. Made famous by the Ewing family in the series Dallas, the legendary production set turned around 365 episodes and it’s one of the longest running series in history. Have approximately a 45 minute tour of the ranch, reliving moments from the series and experiencing the set just how you remember it.

Why not enjoy a relaxing cycle or walk of the Katy Trail, a path that runs through the uptown and Oak Lawn areas of the city following the once abandoned old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. You’ll find a 3.7 metre wide path that runs 3.5 miles from the American Airlines Center in Victory Park to Mockingbird Station. There’s also a soft recycled-rubber track built parallel for all you runners, and maybe you’ll be swapping this two day plan around to experiencing Katy Trail early one morning for a pre breakfast jog? 

Lunch at Fearing’s Restaurant is certainly a Dallas experience to indulge in. Fearing’s Restaurant is a popular, lively and bold restaurant home to celebrity chef, country recording artist, guitar connoisseur and best-selling cookbook author, Dean Fearing. Find seven amazing dining and gathering settings within the restaurant as well as a unique atmosphere that you’ll will never forget.

After lunch you must take advantage of the tax free shopping for international travellers. Let yourself loose in Wild Bills, Dallas’ very own western store and the perfect shop for purchasing those Dallas boots! Shop ‘til you drop in Galleria Dallas, an upscale shopping centre in North Dallas. Northpark Center, a 2.3 million square-foot centre that attracts 26 million visitors annually and brings 235 stores both designer stores and boutiques. For a unique historic shopping experience in Dallas, visit the Highland Park Village in the southwest corner of Mockingbird Lane and Preston which claims to be the first purpose built shopping centre in America. Also you’ll find the headquarters of an American luxury speciality department store, Neiman Marcus in Dallas too.


After one of America’s best shopping experiences you will have most certainly worked up an appetite. You must have a meal in Trinity Groves, a neighbourhood that has a development proposal which gives space for start-up restaurants and businesses. There are a whole host of restaurants to choose from; whatever one takes your fancy! 

Finish your Dallas city break off in style with a nightcap or three at the Truck Yard. A bar in a treehouse that combines the atmosphere of honky-tonks, beer gardens and old dance halls – you’ll love it!  

The Dallas Cowboys are known as the world’s renowned football team and we would strongly recommend making time in your schedule, or even extending your trip to see this iconic team in action.  If the NFL is not in season there are plenty of other sporting events to enjoy such as the Mavericks basketball team and the Texas Motor Speedway in nearby Fort Worth.


For information on Dallas please see www.visitDallas.com.

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