Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Dallas? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Dallas?”
No matter what direction you come from, Dallas’ renowned skyline emerges from the flat prairies of North Texas to signal you’ve arrived. Welcome to the Big D: though the city left its days of big hair and oil tycoons in the ’80s, it’s still flashy. High heels and luxury vehicles still rule the streets, and the city is still a scene for those who want to be seen.
Locals joke that all there is to do here is eat and shop — Dallas had the first retail center in the United States, after all — and there’s some truth to that. In fact, the city was named Bon Appetit’s 2019 Restaurant City of the Year. Steakhouses still dot Big D’s expansive landscape, but the city’s culinary scene is more diverse today than it has ever been thanks to a growing immigrant population. Even though its restaurants and boutiques get most of the attention, the Big D has much more to offer with its bustling downtown arts district and live music venues scattered throughout the town.