It's not difficult to see why Dallas is often referred to as Big D: It's a big sprawling metropolis filled with big attractions that you won't find anywhere else.
For starters, Dallas has a burgeoning art scene and a prime example of this lies within the Dallas Arts District, the largest entertainment district of its kind in the nation. Here you'll find a world-class collection of museums and performance spaces as well as one of the nation's coolest urban parks. Not to mention, the district is home to one of the world's largest collections of Pritzker Prize-winning buildings in one contiguous location.
Speaking of architectural treasures, Dallas also has Fair Park, where you can find one of the country's largest collections of Art Deco exhibition buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial and World's Fair. As well as spectacular architecture, Fair Park offers terrific museums and performance venues too, plus it's the site of one of the country's largest state fairs.
Of course, not many cities can boast having a library fitting enough for a president. Here in Dallas, you'll find the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, honoring the 43rd president of the United States. Nor will you find an iconic landmark like Reunion Tower– or for that matter, another Southfork Ranch.
And though Dallas is much more cosmopolitan than cowboy, you'll still be able to encounter some of the area's western roots in places like the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, where 10-gallon Stetsons and cowboy boots will always be in style.
Read on to find more places to check off your bucket list. And while you're moseying around town, consider purchasing a Dallas CityPASS to score incredible savings on admission to many of the attractions featured here.