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Dallas & Fort Worth - Sightseeing, Shopping and Savouring the Texas Lifestyle

2nd October 2019 - 3:00pm

Touchdown, the group on the midway line at the AT&T Dallas Cowboy Stadium

Touchdown, the group on the midway line at the AT&T Dallas Cowboy Stadium

American Airlines - AA Fam Direct to Dallas with WTC.

 

The group stayed in the plush surroundings of their luxurious hotel, Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown. It has a phenomenal rooftop bar overlooking the Dallas Skyline. It is set in a world of upscale shops, local breweries, parks, venues and arts district. This is just the right amount of hipster with a boutique feel and all the comforts you would expect. There are even complimentary bikes to discover the neighbourhood.

 

Rather than pedal, the group took Efrogs, an eco-friendly shuttle service in Dallas. Efrogs offer wonderful tours starting from $25 and are worth every cent. There is no charge for pre-booked point to point transport though tips are appreciated.

 

There is a vast amount to see and do in Dallas. The Dallas City Pass offers discounted entry to a number of attractions (c.$51 per adult / $35 per child 3-12) including Reunion Tower GeoDeck, JFK Museum, the George W Bush museum with replica Oval Office or Dallas Zoo. The Fam packed a sizeable amount of attractions into a short space of time including a JFK museum, GeoDeck and the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is dedicated to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. The shooter’s window is preserved and numerous artefacts from the event are here. The many conspiracy theories are examined in detail. Give yourself enough time to really explore this museum. It is fascinating and you will leave wanting to know even more. ($18/$14 for adult/youth).

 

GeoDeck at Reunion Tower, a 170m high observation deck with panoramic views, is extra special at night ($17/$8 adult/child). Lunch and dinner at Five Sixty are available one floor above the deck.

 

The Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleaders reside at the AT&T Stadium which offers tours. The group followed the tour with a scenic drive through Highland Park followed, which is home to the American football stars. A house here recently sold for $60m!

 

The evening was spent in the lively Deep Ellum district ($5 taxi fare from the hotel), a very trendy spot packed with bars and casual eateries. One of the best BBQ joints in America is here, Pecan Lodge (people queue for hours). The group enjoyed a great dinner, local craft beers and live music at Rustic. This, as with many bars in Downtown Dallas, has a great outdoor space to enjoy the dry night heat.

 

Dallas’ retail offering is extensive. NorthPark Centre in Dallas offers tax-free shopping for international tourists and has over 200 shops including a Macy’s. A little hipster haven, Bishop Arts District (Dallas), has an artisan feel and is filled with unique boutiques, coffee shops and galleries. Tillman’s Roadhouse is here and the group enjoyed great food in this lively spot.

 

Fort Worth (30 mins from Dallas) has captured the Western history in the Stockyards but is also home to the Texas Motor Speedway. This race track covers NASCAR and IndyCar racing. It is a phenomenon with a carpark holding a staggering 100,000 vehicles (Avg. race ticket price is $65). Fort Worth also offers a number of outlet shopping experiences while Downtown has hipster shops and eateries to enjoy.


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Touchdown, the group on the midway line at the AT&T Dallas Cowboy Stadium
The ladies stop for a quick pic on the rooftop terrace at the newly opened and highly recommended Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown - with Helen Kelly, Dympna Crowley, Aoife Sargent, Caroline OToole and Caitriona Toner.
Caitriona Toner (American Airlines) looking very chic sipping wine with the Dallas skyline in the background.
The modern and very comfortable rooms at Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown - at Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown
Jeb Morris, founder of Efrogs, an eco-friendly shuttle service in Dallas. They also do very reasonably priced escorted tours. Highly recommended!
A model that the FBI used to help investigate John. F Kennedy’s assassination
The view from the sixth-floor window at the Texas School Book Depository - X marks the spot of the tragic shooting
The Dallas skyline from the GeoDeck at Reunion Tower.
The group outside Wild Bill's Western Store. A great place to pick up a stetson or an oven glove for a loved one.
Dympna Crowley (Lee Travel) and Mark Clifford (O'Hanrahan Travel)
Caroline O’Toole (Fahy Travel), Francis McCabe (WTC) and Aoife Sargent (Freedom Travel)
Peter Cullen (Click&Go;) and Shane Cullen (Travelbiz.ie) quite happy about the next part of the itinerary, visiting the cheerleader's locker room
One of the many trendy bars dotted around the Deep Ellum district.
There had to be a second shooter our resident JFK expert, Mark Clifford (well he watched the movie on the flight over) on the infamous grassy knoll.

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