Dallas by Junket
Did you know Dallas is the official Shopping Capital of the World? Or that it is the home of the largest convenience store chain in the country? Or that it is the origin of the German Chocolate Cake?
If everything is bigger in Texas, then the city of Dallas is constantly outdoing itself. A continuously forward-facing and expanding metropolis, this unique and exciting travel destination has been called the Gateway to the American West.
D is for Delightful
Dallas is known affectionately as the "Big D" and offers visitors a dazzling array of activities and attractions in and around the city. Take in the fragrant and colorful blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden or enjoy the nightlife at the vibrant Deep Ellum entertainment district. Stroll around the hauntingly poignant Dealey Plaza and learn about the life and death of JFK at the Sixth Floor Museum. Admire eye-catching street art in the hip and colorful Bishop Arts District.
Explore the Darker Side of Dallas
The Junket Dallas Experience will reveal fascinating tales of the historical sites and colorful characters who shaped Dallas into the exciting travel destination it is today.
immerse yourself in the city's incredible nightlife at haunted locations all over Dallas with expert local guides as they introduce you to the city's tragic history, tell legendary stories, and reveal hidden secrets of the city on the Dallas Terrors tour.
Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the shadowy past that haunts Dallas to this day, from authentic accounts of one of the most famous crime scenes in history. This thrilling ghost tour will lead you to some of the spookiest locations in Dallas:
- Discover the mysteries inside the Sixth Floor Museum
- Uncover the secrets of John Neely Bryan's Cabin
- Encounter the ghosts of the Adolphus Hotel
- Feel the dark energy of the Grassy Knoll
- And so much more...
In addition to the Junket Dallas Ghost Tour and the thrilling Dallas Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl, the city offers a downtown teeming with world-class shopping opportunities, incredible restaurants, and a wealth of attractions to interest any visitor. Here is a list of some of our favorite spots to visit in Dallas:
- Dallas Museum of Art: Experience a journey through 5,000 years of international art history at one of the top art galleries in the country.
- Sixth Floor Museum: Located in the former Texas Schoolbook Depository Building, this Dealey Plaza museum revisits the moment that shattered a nation and pays tribute to the legacy of President John F. Kennedy.
- Reunion Tower: Get a panoramic, bird's-eye view of Dallas from this 561-foot-tall observation tower, one of the city's best-known landmarks.
- Stockyards Championship Rodeo: Held at the site of the world's first indoor rodeo, this Texas traditions stars the best cowboys and cowgirls in the state.
- Dallas Zoo: Home to over 2,000 animals, this 106-acre zoo offers fun and educational experiences for the whole family.
From a city that's been continuously writing and revising its legacy throughout the centuries, the stories of Dallas that have survived the relentless movement of progress are as exciting as the town itself.
Like most of Texas, the Dallas area was inhabited by Caddo Indian tribes before being claimed by the French during the 16th century. It then became the territory of the Spanish from 1819 until 1821, when Mexico gained independence from spain. After Texas broke from the Mexican state, it remained an independent country from some 10 years before becoming the 28th state in the United States in 1845.
From Rural Outpost to Economic Powerhouse
While looking to establish a trading post to serve the native people and settlers in the area, John Neely Bryan stumbled across the only spot to easily cross the Trinity River in the 1840s and decided to set up a permanent establishment. After enduring setbacks that included attacks from Native American tribes and a devastating fire, the new settlement of Dallas was successfully composed of a post office, general store, and a river ferry, and it grew quickly both before and after the Civil War, blossoming into a boomtown in true Wild West style.
The cotton, railroad, and oil industries would establish Dallas as a commercial stronghold for the southern United States. The production of cotton and oil would follow, promoting Dallas as a major player on the nation's economic stage.
The eyes of the world would focus on Dallas when the city became the setting for the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Following the backlash that resulted from the assassination, Dallas embarked on a campaign to turn tragedy into triumph, implementing a civic renewal program and new generations of leadership. In the decades to come, the Dallas Cowboys became America's team and major corporations moved their headquarters to Dallas, cementing the city's reputation as a major commercial center for the Lone Star State.
Biggest Little City in Texas
Long associated with oil, cotton, cowboys, and cattle, present-day Dallas offers visitors a unique blend of opulent history with modern flair, from its downtown dining choices to endless entertainment options. The Lone Star State's third largest city is big on style, becoming as famous for its vivid art community, diverse culinary scene, and successful sports franchises as it is for its 10-gallon hats and wealthy ranchers.
"Dallas is a city full of friendly, proud, hardworking people who make things happen. They are less talk and more action."
Far from its former image of a rough-and-tumble oil town comprised of cowboy-hat-wearing tycoons, today's Dallas is a sophisticated city with a laser focus on the future. This ever-expanding metropolis is comprised of lively neighborhoods and a wide range of activities, from world-class museums and galleries to diverse restaurants and family-friendly attractions.
The city's ability to blend Southern charm with commercial finesse attracts travelers with innovative spirits, and an ever-growing arts district is leading its cultural expansion, while its historic upscale shopping district, Highland Park Village, is a big draw for fashionistas. History lovers can look forward to informative historical attractions and sports enthusiasts will appreciate the presence of five professional sports teams, especially the Dallas Cowboys and their iconic cheerleaders.
Come with us to explore Dallas, as city as big, bold, and vibrant as the state it calls home.
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