Dallas, Texas in the US became a booming business and trade center in the 19th century due to the railroads coming through it. It is also famous for being a heavy player in the oil industry and the cotton industry.
Dallas Zoo covers 106 acres and started in 1888. It houses more than 2,000 animals of more than 400 species. Some of its animals include monkeys, sloths, toucan birds, crocodiles, penguins, otters and manatees.
Sports lovers on holiday should try to catch a football game in the Cowboy’s Stadium, which is now renamed as the AT&T Stadium. It’s home for the Dallas Cowboy football team and can hold 80,000 people.
The Dallas Museum of Art is in the downtown section and has over 24,000 exhibits from as far back as the third millennium BC. It has won many awards for its educational programs.
Dallas features a humid subtropical climate with warm and dry summers that can reach near to 38 °C (100 °F) with heat indices of 43 °C (110 °F). It is one of the hottest of the US states.
There are many things to do in Dallas all year round but if you love fairs, come in the end of September and through the first three weeks in October for the annual State Fair of Texas, held at Fair Park. Or come in March for Cinco de Mayo celebrations since Dallas has a large Mexican American population.
Every year there is a special New Year’s Eve party at AT&T Plaza and several area hotels hold murder mystery parties and other fun events, and there is a special New Year’s Day parade.
Runners have two choices, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and Half Marathon in December or a RockNRoll half marathon and relay race in March.
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