So i’ve lived near Dallas my whole life, yet I never really had the means to explore all it had to offer. When I was younger I would go to downtown Dallas for cheer competitions or the occasional field trip, but never really got to explore. The city is so special and I knew I was missing out. Now, being 22 and capable of planning my own vacations I had this sudden urge to explore the big city I had grown up so close to. This being said, I now feel as though it is my duty to help all of you discover Dallas too!
There are a lot of tourist type things to do around Dallas that are great! You could go to the zoo, the aquarium (which is fantastic by the way), or even go and see where JFK was assassinated (if you’re into that sort of thing). Although if you are looking for a more “see Dallas local” experience, i’ve got the inside scoop for ya!
First, let me start by saying the best way to experience this city as a local is not to book some fancy hotel in the heart of Dallas. Instead, try looking at AirBnb. For first time guests they offer a discount, which could really reduce the rate of your stay! Here is a link to book your first stay! I truly think this is the best way to capture the Dallas vibe, and see the charm and love that people put into their homes/apartments! Plus a lot of people that use AirBnb will leave you with a guide on how to best explore their city. Also, here is the link to the AirBnb that I stayed at just to give you a feel for what i’m talking about!
One of the other things that you MUST DO is make the trip over to Deep Ellum. There are 3 streets of restaurants, bars, and entertainment that you can’t miss out on. Commerce Street arguably has some of the best food that Dallas has to offer. One of my all time favorite burger places is called Twisted Root Burger Co. and let me just be the one to tell you, you will never forget it. They have shakes, burgers, loaded fries and fried pickles. Every time I eat there I think about the next time i’ll be able to go back.
Ultimately, there are a ton of things to do in Dallas. One of the greatest things we did on our trip was order Starbucks and decide to take it on a walk around downtown. The weather was incredible and it gave us a new perspective on the everyday life that happens there. With so many restaurants and pubs to choose from, it’s kind of a fun game to just walk around and choose one because its almost impossible to go wrong with your choice.
Finally, if you’re wanting to see Dallas from a bird’s eye view, check out the restaurant Five Sixty at Reunion tower. This restaurant sits at the very top of the reunion tower and spins 360 degrees while you’re there so you can see all of Dallas in one sitting. You can make reservations for dinner, but we opted to go right when they opened at 5 and sit at the bar for happy hour drinks and food. Their happy hour lasts from 5-7, and let me tell you the food is incredible. We got the potstickers, and “Tokyo” onion rings off of the appetizer menu and were very pleased with our decision.
After we finished up at Reunion Tower we decided to hit up another hidden gem, Deep Ellum Brewery. They have seasonal beers that rotate throughout the year, as well as “Here to stay” beers that are there year round. They also have incredible bar food like loaded tots, pizzas and burgers that are to die for. If you’re 21+ this is a place you definitely have to check out!
I hope if you decide to travel to Dallas, you love it as much as we do. It is a special city with a lot to offer! Let me know if you try any of my recommendations and please tell me what your experience was! If you find any new hidden gems, hit me up so I can try them out too! Have fun, be safe and God bless Texas!