Dallas might not be the bustling metropolis New York City is, nor it might be as liberal as San Francisco but there are plenty of things that make the third largest city of Texas a great place to visit!
10. The Texas Rangers (aka Nolan Ryan). The Texas Rangers’ Ballpark is located in Arlington, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Nolan Ryan is arguably the most successful pitcher of modern-era baseball and he is now the owner of the Texas Rangers, who went back to the world series in 2010 after a long hiatus and are again fighting for a spot in 2011.
9. Oil tycoons and former presidents. Eleven letters (with a dot somewhere in between) for you: George W. Bush. The former president, former governor, former oil tycoon and former Texas Rangers co-owner now lives in Dallas.
8. Luxury hotels. Dallas hotels are not only famous in America. The Ritz-Carlton Dallas was named best hotel in America in 2009 and second in the world by Zagat, an online travel and food guide. The Rosewood Mansion is also featured in the famous book 1000 Places To See Before You Die. Dallas also features the magnificent Adolphus hotel, an official Dallas landmark.
7. American Airlines. The world’s fourth largest airline calls Fort Worth its home. The aircraft company got the 120th place of most successful American companies in 2010 as chosen by Fortune 500.
6. Dallas Mavericks. The older-than-average five has been one of the best NBA teams of the last 5 years and won it all in the 2010-2011 season after defeating the LeBron-led Miami Heat.
5. Barbecue. According to Men’s Health magazine, Dallas ranks as the 4th fattest city in America. Blame it on the city’s passion for spareribs and t-bone steaks.
4. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The bodacious bunch are an American institution and have the most non-NFL performance contracts of all cheerleading groups. They started out as the girls-and-boys cheerleading squad “The CowBelles and Beaux”.
3. Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys franchise does not only hold the record for most consecutive sell-outs (120 at home and on the road) but are also listed as the second highest valued sports franchise in the world (first in the US) by Forbes Magazine. Their stadium, the Cowboys Stadium, is one of the most expensive in the world and has the world’s second largest HD jumbotron screen.
2. Dealy Plaza. The 35th president of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dealy Plaza while on a presidential motorcade. It is now a national landmark.
1. Dallas. “Dallas is famous for Dallas”? That’s right. “Dallas” might well be what Dallas is best known for. The successful TV series told the story of greedy oil tycoon, J.R Ewing and ran for 13 consecutive years. A new season of Dallas is in the works and will revolve around the life of the protagonist’s son, J.R Ewing III.
If you visit Dallas, you’ll have plenty of things to do!
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