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Dallas, Texas: Your Essential Weekend Itinerary

Dallas, the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States, established in 1856, has historically been an affluent hub for the oil and cotton industries. Nowadays, the city is a stylish metropolis known for its modernist architecture, including Reunion Tower, the JFK Memorial, I. M. Pei's Dallas City Hall and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Spring and autumn, which enjoy moderate temperatures, are the best times to visit. Dallas is home to several notable annual events, including the State Fair of Texas, which has been held every year since 1886 at Fair Park. Also, the Red River Shootout in which the University of Texas at Austin takes on the University of Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl draws huge crowds. Other popular festivals include the Taste of Dallas, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, the Greek Food Festival of Dallas, and The Wake, an annual Halloween celebration featuring local art and music.

Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

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Founded by William Jennings Bryan Jr., also known as Sonny, in 1958, this James Beard Foundation Award-winning eatery has seven locations in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. A favorite of LBJ, Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, Larry Hagman, Jimmy Buffett and George W. Bush, Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse descends from the original Bryan's Barbecue launched by Sonny’s grandfather in 1910. Visitors shouldn’t expect any frills at Sonny’s, only good old-fashioned barbecue. The restaurant has a few picnic tables out back and two rows of old wooden school desks that serve as tables inside. The main attraction at Sonny’s is the food: ribs, brisket and onion rings, served with thick homemade barbecue sauce. Other favorites include the po' boy sandwich, the pulled pork and the jalapeño sausage, as well as sides such as the mac & cheese, the potato salad, and the green bean casserole.

JFK Assassination and Museum Tour in Dallas

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One of the darkest yet most significant episodes in American history was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The JFK Assassination and Museum Tour in Dallas allows visitors to explore how this event changed the course of the nation’s history. Participants will embark on a three and a half hour tour, traveling to the infamous Grassy Knoll, Dealey Plaza, the Sixth Floor Depository Museum from where Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy’s purported assassin, fired the deadly shots, and the Kennedy Memorial. The tour will also visit the Oak Cliff rooming house where Oswald was living at the time of the assassination, and the historic Texas Theater where Oswald hid out after the shooting and where he was eventually arrested. Transport for the tour will be provided by an air-conditioned van, which will be designated a professional driver and guide.

Perle on Maple

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The recently renovated Stoneleigh hotel has just debuted Perle on Maple on the ground floor. A French-themed restaurant with a Texas twist, this stylish eatery is headed by award-winning celebrity chef Wade Burch. The restaurant, created by Studio 11 as a glass art installation inspired by The Maison de Verre in Paris, which was designed built by Pierre Chareau, Bernard Bijvoet and Louis Dalbet in 1932, provides an elegant space and relaxed seating. The menu is sophisticated yet casual and includes instant classics, such as duck confit pancakes, Bandera bacon-wrapped quail, roasted free-range chicken with potato puree and wilted spinach, and broiled Duroc pork tenderloin with Calvados apples. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner menus, as well as a social hour menu from two to six, which features smoked salmon rillettes and sandwiches, among other bite-sized appetizers.

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Dallas features innumerable attractions including the Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park with over 6,000 aquatic animals, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the Dallas Museum of Art with a renowned collection of eastern and western art, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Zoo with over 8,000 species, and the Meadows Museum of Art, housing one of the largest and most significant collections of Spanish Art outside of Spain, including works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. The city is also home to numerous sports teams, such as the Texas Rangers, who play at the Rangers Ballpark, the Dallas Mavericks, who play at the American Airlines Center, and the legendary Dallas Cowboys, who play at the AT&T Stadium. In addition, Dallas provides a wealth of shopping opportunities at Galleria in North Dallas, NorthPark Mall, and the West Village in Uptown, as well as the exclusive Neiman Marcus, which was founded in Dallas.

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