Texas. Not just the Lone Star State. But the “Big State.” Everything is big here. Big cars, big homes, big malls. And yes, I almost forgot. BIG MONEY.Home of the famed Dallas Cowboys, this glamorous stomping ground also prides itself of the world class Winspear Opera House http://www.attpac.org, Symphony Orchestra http://www.mydso.com and the Arts District, home to the Dallas Museum of Art www.dma.org and Crow Collection of thousand year old Asian Art.Another site that draws crowds from near and far is The Sixth Floor Museum on Elm Street http://www.jfk.org, right in the heart of downtown Dallas. This spot on Dealey Plaza marks one of the darkest moments in American History. The fateful shots fired at President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade, allegedly came from one of those sixth floor windows. And the unfolding of that tragic moment we all know. So, if you have never been to Texas, next time you’re heading to America’s Eastern shores or beyond, consider a stopover in Dallas, the upbeat metropolis dominating the Northern part of the Lone Star state. This sprawling, multi-cultural, urban melting pot not only caters to the likings of professional hipsters, oil millionaires, and wealthy retirees, but also prides itself for its unprecedented business boom. Thanks to former Governor Rick Perry. Ever since he enticed big corporations from coast to coast to set up head quarters in the American Heartland, life in Dallas has not been the same. Real estate prices have soared, freeways are congested, and towering cranes reach to the sky as far as the eye can see. Once you touch down on the endless plains of Texas, check out the night scene in flashy Uptown. From swanky eateries nestled in quaint historic neighborhoods to posh nightclubs lining the Downtown Arts District, Dallas caters to every taste, age, and wallet size.Spend a day or two exploring the city’s many amazing spots. Wander through the Dallas World Aquarium http://www.dwazoo.com, the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens http://www.dallasarboretum.org. Immerse yourself into the world of science at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science http://www.perotmuseum.org. Check out the Old Red Museum http://www.oldred.org and the Dallas Union Station http://www.unionstationdallas.com or amble through eight years of American history in the George W. Bush Presidential Library http://www.bushcenter.org.
If you are like me, preferring the quiet and lovely scenery, White Rock Lake
just a few minutes from downtown’s skyscrapers is the place to chill out. This tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle offers biking and walking trails over rolling hills along the lakeshore.
So slip on your cowboy boots and let’s do some kickin’ and stompin’.