I’ve been to Dallas, Texas a few times. Sometimes for a simple weekend trip to Dallas and other times for a more extensive stay to travel within Dallas and outside of it. But each time, I find something new and something exciting. Dallas, Texas, consistently unfolds with a diversity of experiences, no matter the season or time of your visit. Whether it’s the late summer warmth or the early hues of fall, Dallas exudes a distinctive blend of elegance and artistic charm that sets it apart from other cities across the United States.
At the heart of Dallas’s is its thriving art scene, drawing connoisseurs from around the world to immerse themselves in its galleries, exhibitions, and renowned cultural institutions. At the same time, the city extends a glamorous invitation, tempting visitors with upscale shopping destinations, unforgettable dining experiences, and luxurious accommodations. In every season, Dallas reveals itself to be as dynamic, diverse, and luxurious as you would imagine. So as you are planning a trip to Texas, consider this an itinerary for a weekend trip to Dallas.
GETTING TO Dallas, Texas
If you’re flying in for a weekend trip to Dallas, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Love Field Airport (DAL) are the primary airports that you’ll aim to land in as there are many routes to and from these airports with a collection of domestic and international flights. From the airport, you can easily head to find public transportation to get where you have to go, or just hop into an Uber or Lyft and be one your way. For those who are thinking about driving into Dallas, you can get into the city via the major highways, including I-35E, I-30, and I-45. Those opting for a scenic journey can also explore the Amtrak rail service, providing an alternative travel experience. Regardless of your mode of transportation, the journey to Dallas sets the stage for an unforgettable exploration of this dynamic and diverse city.
HOW TO Get Around DALLAS
Navigating Dallas, Texas, is a breeze with its well-connected transportation options. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system provides an extensive network of buses and light rail, making it convenient to go through the various areas of the city and its suburbs. The light rail system connects key areas, including downtown, Uptown, and the Bishop Arts District. For those who aren’t really one for taking public transportation, ride share services like Uber and Lyft are great options. Depending on the time that you leave, you can easily get around the city with an easy ride that doesn’t hit a lot of traffic. But one of the greatest ways to get around the city, which is dependent on where you are staying is simply walking. The downtown area is super easy to navigate and walk around.
WHERE TO Stay IN DALLAS, TEXAS
Within the vibrant and culturally-rich city of Dallas the hospitality is as vibrant as the city itself. Whether you’re a business traveler, an art enthusiast, or a foodie looking to explore the culinary wonders of Texas, Dallas has a diverse collection of accommodations to suit every taste and preference. From luxurious high-rise hotels to boutique gems, the city offers a vast range of options for your stay. As you plan your weekend trip to Dallas, you’ll want to make sure that you first start with booking one of the top places to stay in Dallas, where comfort, style, and unique experiences converge to make your visit to the Lone Star State truly unforgettable.
JW MARRIOTT DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT
800 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Dallas Arts District, the JW Marriott Dallas offers a luxurious and culturally enriched stay that seamlessly combines elegance with convenience. Right upon walking into the hotel, you enter into an essence of luxury and immediately notice the fine touches that you say in many JW hotels. Boasting sophisticated design, the hotel provides guests with a contemporary oasis amidst the thriving arts scene. The spacious and well-appointed rooms offer breathtaking views of the city skyline, providing a serene retreat after a day of exploration. With an array of on-site dining options, including Margaret’s, the hotel offers guests the ability to enjoy dinner, drinks, and a comfortable evening in Dallas without actually having to leave the hotel. The JW Marriott’s prime location places it within walking distance of iconic attractions such as the Dallas Museum of Art and many other locations within the Dallas Arts District, making it an ideal choice for art enthusiasts and culture seekers. The hotel also features a rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center, ensuring a well-rounded and rejuvenating stay.
2575 McKinnon St, Dallas, TX 75201
Hôtel Swexen is an extraordinary fusion of European sophistication and the vibrant spirit of Dallas culture. Beyond being a place to rest your head, this hotel is a captivating journey for those who relish discovering new experiences at every turn. The hotel unfolds with each level revealing its own distinctive theme and decor, creating a dynamic atmosphere that mirrors the diversity of Dallas itself. Ascend to the rooftop, and you’ll discover a haven of luxury with a stunning guest-only pool adorned with chic cabanas. Here, panoramic views of the Dallas skyline provide a breathtaking backdrop to your relaxation. Meanwhile, the bottom floor of Hôtel Swexen boasts Babou’s, an eclectic bar that serves as a lively hub for socializing. Dive deeper into Babou’s, and you’ll stumble upon a hidden speakeasy library, adding an element of intrigue and exclusivity to your evening. This thoughtful layering of experiences ensures that guests can enjoy a variety of atmospheres without ever leaving the hotel. Hôtel Swexen is not just a place to stay; it’s a destination within itself, inviting guests to immerse themselves in a tapestry of design, flavors, and surprises. Whether you seek a tranquil escape by the rooftop pool, a convivial gathering at Babou’s, or the allure of a hidden speakeasy, this hotel promises a stay that transcends the ordinary, inviting you to embrace the rich tapestry of experiences that Dallas has to offer.
RITZ CARLTON DALLAS
2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Exemplifying the epitome of luxury, this Dallas hotel channels the opulence synonymous with the Ritz-Carlton brand. Following a recent renovation, the hotel now welcomes guests into a realm of refined elegance, providing an array of rooms and suites tailored to meet diverse preferences. Beyond mere accommodation, the Ritz-Carlton Dallas beckons guests with an array of indulgent offerings, including sumptuous spa experiences, a rooftop pool that unveils a peerless panorama, and a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with Peloton bikes, ensuring a holistic and rejuvenating stay. More than just a place to rest your head, the Ritz-Carlton Dallas seamlessly transcends the concept of hospitality, creating an environment that not only accommodates but also warmly embraces guests, making them feel truly at home.
WEEKEND TRIP TO DALLAS TRAVEL ITINERARY
As you arriving in Dallas and get yourself spruced up for starting your trip in Dallas, you’ll want to start your tip with filling your belly and taking it one step at a time. With many travelers arriving on Friday within Dallas, you probably will start your day around early afternoon, if you’ve caught a morning flight, which I would highly recommend doing so you get the most out of your trip. After checking into your hotel, changing out of your travel clothes and maybe taking a quick shower, take time to gather your things, call and Uber and head out to lunch at Las Palmas.
2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
After lunch, you may want to take the time just find yourself wandering around Dallas and getting familiar with the area. There’s quite a few places you can visit in the area to shop and just simply sightsee, but I wouldn’t suggest packing a whole lot in for the first day. After lunch, you may want to head back to the hotel and unpack and then get ready for a sunset cocktail experience at Vincents within the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District.
DRINKS AT VINCENT’S
800 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
As the sun begins its descent over the Dallas skyline, there’s no better way to embrace the magic of the evening than with an evening cocktail at Vincent’s on the rooftop terrace of the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District. Perched high above the city, the terrace offers a panoramic view of the urban landscape, with the warm hues of the setting sun casting a golden glow over the surroundings. The ambiance is nothing short of enchanting, with the gentle breeze and the rhythmic hum of the city below creating a serene backdrop for relaxation. At Vincent’s, the skilled mixologists craft cocktails that are as artful as the cityscape itself, providing a perfect pairing for the stunning sunset unfolding before your eyes. It’s a moment of tranquility and indulgence, a captivating prelude to the vibrant nightlife that awaits in the heart of Dallas.
After enjoying the sunset and sipping on some of the craft cocktails at Vincent’s, you’ll be ready for another great view with a tremendous meal within Dallas. One thing that I recommend is that, even though Vincent’s has a great view and the sunset is magical to watch while there, you’ll want to make sure you get to dinner at Crown Block for sunset as the view there to watch the sun go down is one that you’ll be remembering far after your trip.
300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207
For an exceptional dinner complemented by a breathtaking panoramic view of Dallas, make your way to the summit of Reunion Tower and experience the culinary delights at Crown Block. Stepping inside, you’ll be welcomed by an expansive bar offering exclusive craft cocktails, setting the stage for an evening of sophistication. The unique feature of Crown Block lies in its open kitchen concept, with various cooking stations where skilled chefs prepare a diverse array of raw and bakery options right before your eyes. This immersive dining experience is unparalleled and adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your meal. Planning a dinner reservation around sunset is highly recommended, as the radiant glow from the descending sun creates the perfect ambiance for an unforgettable dining experience at Crown Block.
After getting a great night’s rest as one of the wonderful Dallas hotels, you’ll want to wake up a good time to head out for breakfast during your weekend trip to Dallas. For the second day of this trip, you’ll want to consider packing some comfortable shoes, since you may plan to do a little more walking than the first day especially since one of the great things to do on a fabulous day in Dallas to to explore some of the culture, art, and overall fun experiences within Dallas. But to kick off your day, you’ll want to head out to breakfast at Leonie’s located in Hotel Swexan. If you are staying there, it’s just a little elevator ride to the top, but even if you’re not staying in the hotel, you’ll still want to get to breakfast at this immaculate location.
2575 McKinnon St, Dallas, TX 75201
Leonie, the rooftop restaurant at Hotel Swexen, encapsulates the distinctive essence of the hotel experience. Both intimate and vibrant, Leonie offers an exceptional setting for breakfast or brunch. The outside terrace provides an ideal spot to relish the cool morning breeze while indulging in the delectable breakfast offerings. The combination of a charming atmosphere and delicious cuisine makes Leonie a perfect destination to start your day, promising a unique and delightful experience that reflects the essence of Hotel Swexen’s hospitality.
After enjoying a breakfast at Leonie on your weekend trip to Dallas, it’s time to hit the streets of Dallas and head to the Dallas Arboretum to enjoy the warm day in Dallas and take in the great sights, experiences, and garden artistry.
DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
A must-visit destination in Dallas that garners unanimous acclaim is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Encompassing 66 acres, this expansive garden showcases a diverse array of themed gardens, picturesque landscapes, and educational experiences. It stands out as an ideal spot for families, nature enthusiasts, and anyone yearning for a serene haven to bask in the warm Dallas sun. Whether you’re exploring the themed gardens or partaking in the educational offerings, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens provides an enriching and tranquil retreat for all.
Beyond its visual splendor, the Arboretum is a hub of educational exploration. From interactive workshops to seasonal horticultural displays, it offers visitors of all ages an opportunity to deepen their connection with the natural world. Families can embark on captivating adventures through the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, a hands-on space designed to inspire a love for science and nature in the younger generation.
Throughout the year, the Arboretum hosts a calendar of events, including seasonal festivals, live concerts, and themed exhibitions. From the vibrant blooms of spring to the enchanting Holiday at the Arboretum during winter, each season brings a new layer of magic to this horticultural haven.
Whether strolling along the tranquil walkways, attending a workshop, or simply finding solace in its serene corners, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is more than a destination – it’s a living canvas that beckons all who enter to connect with the wonders of the natural world.
308 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
After spending your morning wandering through the arboretum, you may have worked up an appetite and want to head off to get some lunch. One place to head to for lunch and then to spend your afternoon is the Bishop Arts District. When your plans bring you to the Bishop Arts District, a must-stop destination is Paradiso, where you can savor delectable craft cocktails and mouthwatering pizza. The restaurant’s distinctive ambiance becomes evident even before you reach the front door, radiating a coastal, relaxed vibe. Paradiso provides the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch, offering made-from-scratch pizzas and an array of savory plates. Whether you’re seeking a laid-back atmosphere or a flavorful dining experience, Paradiso promises to be a delightful culinary haven in the heart of the Bishop Arts District.
BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT
Right after enjoying a wonderful lunch, it’s time to wander around the district and do some shopping and experience the culture of the area. Located in the heart of Dallas, the Bishop Arts District is a lively neighborhood pulsating with artistic vibrancy and a bohemian essence. Its enchanting streets are adorned with a collection of eclectic boutiques, fashionable eateries, and galleries, creating an inviting haven for both art aficionados and culinary enthusiasts. A stroll through the Bishop Arts District offers the opportunity to indulge in delectable bites at acclaimed restaurants like Paradiso and to peruse local shops showcasing unique trinkets, some exclusive to the Dallas area. Immerse yourself in the distinctive character of this neighborhood, where creativity and culture converge to create an unforgettable experience.
Once you have spent some time walking around the Bishop Arts District, head back to your hotel and get ready for a vibrant evening. Depending on whether you are spending your weekend in Dallas with an adult crowd or family, you may be spending your evening at Komodo enjoying more than just dinner.
2550 Pacific Ave Ste 120, Dallas, TX 75226
As the sun sets, the vibrant pulse of the evening thrives at Komodo, a distinctive establishment that seamlessly merges a restaurant and lounge into an unforgettable experience. Here, the culinary journey transcends mere sustenance, offering a feast for the senses with its exquisite Asian-fusion dishes. The allure of Komodo extends beyond taste to the realm of visual delight, where each dish is a masterpiece in presentation, captivating diners with its artful arrangement.
A night at Komodo is not just a dining experience; it’s an immersive adventure into the world of gastronomic innovation. Take a seat and embark on a culinary escapade that goes beyond the ordinary. Indulge in the Pikachu cocktail, a signature libation that combines flavors with flair, setting the tone for an evening of delight. The culinary crescendo reaches its zenith with the introduction of Komodo’s famous sushi platter—a carefully curated selection that showcases the skillful artistry of the chefs.
As the night unfolds in the chic ambiance of the restaurant-cum-lounge, Komodo becomes more than just a dining destination; it transforms into a haven of taste, style, and ambiance. From the first sip of the Pikachu cocktail to the last bite of the sensational sushi platter, Komodo ensures that every moment is etched in your memory as a culinary symphony that harmonizes flavors, presentation, and atmosphere.
As the sun rises on the final day of this weekend trip to Dallas, you’ll want to be ready for another day of great food, culture, and luxury. This last full day of the itinerary will focus on the arts of the area and give you a peak into the diverse art culture that exists in Dallas. While the first day started on a more relaxed note and the second day involved a lot more walking, you’ll have a little bit more of a slower day on day three with it still being packed with great activities that will leave you with a lasting impression.
1717 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201
DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT
Art enthusiasts are in for an enriching experience in the vibrant Dallas Arts District, a haven where creativity flourishes in various forms. Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry as you explore diverse theaters offering captivating performances, from opera and ballet to symphony orchestras, each contributing to the district’s dynamic artistic landscape. The district’s museums are veritable treasure troves, presenting curated themes that evolve with the changing seasons, ensuring a continually fresh and inspiring visit.
Step into the renowned Dallas Museum of Art during your weekend trip to Dallas, where a carefully curated collection of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts awaits, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of human creativity. Alternatively, venture to the Nasher Sculpture Center, where art extends beyond the confines of the museum, integrating seamlessly into the cityscape. Marvel at a diverse array of sculptures exhibited both within the museum’s walls and integrated into the outdoor spaces, creating a unique visual dialogue between art and urban surroundings. In the Dallas Arts District, every visit promises not only a showcase of artistic brilliance but also an exploration of the evolving narratives woven into the city’s cultural fabric.
2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
For a Tex-Mex experience that diverges from the norm on your weekend trip to Dallas, venture into Ferring’s, nestled within the luxurious confines of the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. This culinary haven redefines the Tex-Mex palate, making it an ideal choice for a midday lunch when you seek an array of bold flavors presented on smaller plates. The seamless integration of traditional Tex-Mex elements with an upscale twist distinguishes Ferring’s, offering a fusion that tantalizes the taste buds and elevates the dining experience. Don’t miss the chance to complement your meal with a margarita from the conjoined Rattlesnake Bar. The carefully crafted cocktails, combined with the innovative Tex-Mex dishes, create a symphony of flavors that will undoubtedly deepen your appreciation for the culinary artistry of this iconic cuisine. At Ferring’s, it’s not just a meal—it’s a culinary journey that transcends expectations.
After having dinner, spend some time wandering around the city and further exploring the Dallas Arts District. Between breakfast and lunch, you may have not had the full opportunity to visit all of the many museums. If you didn’t get to stop into Nasher, then head there to make sure to you get a glimpse that the garden and the indoor exhibits. And if you did stop through Nasher, then you’ll want to head back to the Dallas Museum of Art and make sure you take a look at the all of the exhibits because there is no way you could see all of them while also visiting another museum. And if you happen to have visited both of them right after breakfast, that doesn’t mean there are not other opportunities. Here is the full list of museums to visit:
- Dallas Museum of Art (DMA): A distinguished institution showcasing a vast collection spanning 5,000 years of art, from ancient artifacts to contemporary masterpieces.
- Nasher Sculpture Center: Devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary sculpture, the Nasher Sculpture Center features a stunning collection both indoors and in its beautiful outdoor garden.
- Crow Museum of Asian Art: Focused on Asian art and culture, this museum features a diverse collection of traditional and contemporary works from across Asia.
- Perot Museum of Nature and Science: A family-friendly museum dedicated to inspiring curiosity in science and nature, featuring interactive exhibits, a 3D theater, and a cutting-edge dinosaur exhibit.
- The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: Housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, this museum chronicles the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.
800 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
After spending you time visiting the remaining museums in the Dallas Arts District during your weekend trip to Dallas, you may have worked up an appetite and now you’re ready for dinner. Nestled within the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District is the elegant dining haven known as Margaret’s. This upscale restaurant seamlessly weaves sophistication and culinary excellence into a unique tapestry of flavors, setting it apart as a distinguished culinary destination. Margaret’s takes pride in offering a diverse array of tasteful farm-to-table dishes, ensuring a culinary experience that goes beyond the ordinary. What truly distinguishes this restaurant is its thoughtfully curated menu, a testament to culinary artistry that showcases the finest seasonal ingredients. Paired with an extensive and carefully selected wine list, each dish at Margaret’s becomes a symphony of flavors, inviting patrons to embark on a culinary journey that transcends expectations. It’s an experience that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also elevates dining to an art form, making Margaret’s a culinary gem within the vibrant tapestry of the Dallas Arts District.
2301 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
To culminate your evening with a touch of musical enchantment and to end your weekend trip to Dallas, secure your ticket for an unforgettable performance at the Dallas Symphony. Immerse yourself in a world of exhilarating sounds that promise to transport you to realms of unparalleled emotion and artistry. Depending on the season of your visit, the Dallas Symphony offers a diverse array of experiences. Delight in the vivacious energy of a Pops concert, where the orchestra breathes life into contemporary tunes, creating a harmonious fusion of modern music and classical mastery. Alternatively, if your visit aligns with the right time, immerse yourself in the magical sounds of a concert featuring the enchanting music from the world of Harry Potter. Whether you’re drawn to the contemporary beats of a Pops concert or the nostalgic charm of Harry Potter’s melodies, the Dallas Symphony ensures an evening filled with sonic brilliance that resonates long after the final note.