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.