Take the guesswork out of your trip to Dallas. Read on to learn about all the most popular Dallas neighborhoods and start planning your next trip today.
Since its inception as a small trading post in 1841, Dallas has grown to include a vast array of hotels, shops, restaurants and other businesses, all the while speckled with historic buildings and museums, too. An area at the north end of downtown, deemed the Dallas Arts District, includes the Dallas Museum of Art and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, whose center stage is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and an array of other performers throughout the year. For upscale shopping, peruse the Plaza of the Americas, where a 15-story atrium complete with palm trees surrounds the shopping area. In the heart of downtown, you'll find the Adam's Mark Hotel, the largest hotel in Texas, with more than 1,800 rooms, 23,000 square feet of meeting space, five ballrooms, five restaurants and four lounges.
Formerly a warehouse district, the West End Market Place is known today for its entertainment offerings and unique shopping venues, as well as for its street entertainers, outdoor ice-skating rink, and vintage street lights. The upscale Hotel Adolphus, built in 1912, offers you a stay surrounded by elegance, evident in the fine lobby and luxurious guest rooms. A variety of eateries and nightclubs make this district one of the liveliest places to be on Friday and Saturday nights. The Palm features a Texas-style menu with a touch of class, while Y.O. Ranch is well known for its Tex-Mex cuisine. The West End is also an excellent place to experience Texas History-visit Dealey Plaza, Old Red Courthouse and the Sixth Floor Museum.
Head three blocks east of downtown and you're at the "deep end of Elm Street," where turn-of-the-century African-American life and culture used to thrive with great blues and jazz artists. Today, the district's sassy shops, eclectic restaurants, and loft apartments form the cornerstone of a unique experience. Clubs in Deep Ellum feature the most current music from folk, blues, and jazz to reggae, alternative, and rock. Visit one of the oldest clubs in Deep Ellum, Club Dada, where you'll always find a variety of music in the mix, or Trees, which attracts locals and business travelers alike with its cutting-edge live rock.
Heading north from downtown, you'll find yourself atop the red brick streets of McKinney Avenue, which is lined with fine restaurants and antique shops, many housed in renovated historic homes. Connect to downtown via the volunteer-operated McKinney Avenue Trolley, which consists of restored streetcars dating as far back as 1906 and is dedicated to preserving the history of electric railways. The area's four-star boutique-style Hotel St. Germain is tucked amidst the busy city, providing an oasis for business travelers.
The region south of Mockingbird Lane is known as Lower Greenville Avenue popular with Southern Methodist University students and one of the oldest entertainment districts in Dallas. As you head north of Mockingbird Lane to Upper Greenville Avenue, things get newer and more commercial, and you will find both casual and elegant establishments as well as cutting-edge nightlife. Multicultural restaurants abound in Greenville, as do antique shops and neighborhood pubs.
If Texas is known for doing things big, then North Dallas is a prime example, as it is home to big houses, big shopping centers and some of the finest stores, boutiques and restaurants in the area. As Dallas continues to grow, more residents are heading north into the suburbs of Plano, Richardson, and Frisco, one of the nation's fastest-growing cities.