Must-see Dallas architecture

Many go to Dallas for the shopping, but did you ever try a Reunion Tower dinner with an aerial view of the skyscrapers? A roadtrip to Dallas shouldn't end at the Galleria mall.

The famous skyline of Dallas adorns many a postcard. From the Magnolia building with its neon Pegasus to Reunion Tower globe on the dramatic Old Red Courthouse (visible from the Trinity River bed) there is a view of the city with its own character; a skyline that stands in stark contrast of endless Texas on the horizon. Many tall buildings from 400 to 900 feet were built in the 70s and 80s of concrete (and glass) expression to Dallas' spirit of development and progress. The Beaux-arts Adolphus Hotel remains the epitome of elegance inside and out.

For Art Deco fans, a visit to the Fair Park is a must. Designated a National Historic Landmark and covers 277 acres, nine museums and six performance facilities like the Cotton Bowl, Fair Park is unique both in its physicality and its history. The building and grounds are impressive, especially the Texas Hall of State which is now home to the Dallas Historical Society.

Dallas houses are a further expression of style and architectural values ​​of the city. Most sites consider Dallas thousand square meters small and many would not even think of a home of less than 2,300 square meters. Driving through Dallas neighborhoods and suburbs reveas many styles and cultural influences from different eras. Probably most adored is the Swiss Avenue Historic District.

The Historic District on Swiss Avenue comprises 200 houses from the early Victorian era and one of the largest concentrations of Craftsman houses in the Southwest. Wide tree-lined streets and well-kept lawns and gardens add to the beauty of the houses. There are tours available, but only a drive or walk through the area makes it really interesting and relaxing. Another favorite is the Spanish Colonial Revival home DeGolyer House which is now made part of the Dallas Arboretum.

Why travel to New York City?

If you're on a roadtrip to the Northeast, you know you have got to travel to New York City. You just have to figure out where to park your car, right?

For many "seasoned" travelers, New York City does not have the best reputation many years ago, if you originate from a smaller and rural location away from the "big city" mainly. But something has happened to New York recently that it's a must to visit one of the best cities in the US, if you can not do in the world. Whatever you've heard of the 1970s and 80s era is really old news. Manhattan has lost none of its diversity and multiculturalism, but most people seem to respect the general public. Unless one ventures into areas that are not regularly frequented by tourists and workers, this city is safer than many others.

Large parts of this multi-faceted city are not only safe to go day or night, they offer a huge amount of local color observed with varied restaurants, shopping, museums, tours, etc., and people. Personal automobiles are the exception. Parking is very expensive and scarce, but perhaps more importantly, public transport by bus or subway is much cheaper, and these days is clean and safe. Much of the equipment is fairly new and signs of wear (and graffiti) are rare.

Walking distance to and from a bus or the subway is the preferred method of transportation. Since subways avoid traffic on the roads, they are faster than the buses generally. But the buses are usually clean, modern and better accommodate the disabled with special priority seats and ramps if needed. If the MTA system map looks discouraging, don't fret – most station agents and bus drivers are helpful. After a few trips, it all gets too much understandable. If you accidentally head on the wrong train station or bus stop, you can only go back as a rule where you started on demand or anywhere else, with the same ticket if you take the bus (as long as you do not pass through the exit turnstiles you do not even need a ticket to use again on the subway.). And if you show that almost inevitably "look" of a tourist on the Metro, do not be surprised if a friendly New Yorker offers help and advice.

As in any other foreign city, you should avoid approaching strangers - there are many shopkeepers, police, transit workers and others are available to help you. Common sense is the rule here, as everywhere else.

Like any other city, pedestrians should, especially on the road (and faster bikes) pay attention, even if they may have the right-of-way. Although the taxi drivers are not reluctant to use their horns to let other cars - and pedestrian - alleged errors, they usually do not try to intimidate pedestrian crosswalk. And there's nothing wrong with a taxi, if you are willing to pay more. It seems most of Manhattan cars are taxis anyway. The prices are regulated and the taxis are quite clean for the most part. Although MTA trip is for LaGuardia Airport, most people probably prefer a taxi, is mainly because of luggage.

If you notice that getting around NYC is not unsafe or difficult - in fact, it is easier than in most other cities - you can look forward to a wide selection of things to do.

Do's and don'ts of getting around Portland, Oregon

Road trippers will find it a little bit weird to drive around Portland, Oregon. After all, it's an extremely walkable city with a great setup for mass transportation. You can practically take a TriMet pass and not have to worry about commuting all day. So my advice is to heed the call of your soles and instead of riding a car, explore the city (especially downtown) on foot instead. Remember:

  • Airport taxis usually cost $30 with 15% tip.
  • Do get gas before you get close to the Portland International Airport.
  • Don't be surprised that there are attendants who will pump gas for you.
  • Don't park downtown at all. 
  • Do bring a map.
Portland is rich in culture for such a small city so you will not run out of things to do. You can find all kinds of food carts and cafes virtually everywhere, especially in the heart of the city, the downtown area. Fancy a beer? You're in luck. People in Portland brew their beer like crazy.

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See also my Top 7 Getting Around Portland resources:
Getting around Portland, Oregon
Portland: Getting Around - TripAdvisor
Getting Around in Portland OR | Frommer's
Portland, OR Transportation | U.S. News Travel
Getting In, Getting Around Portland - HowStuffWorks
Visiting Portland soon, is it necessary to rent a car? | Portland | Yelp
Getting Around Portland - Car, Train, Bus & Taxi - VirtualTourist
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