Dallas, founded in 1941, is known for oil, industry and skyscrapers jutting out of the flat prairies. A prominent, bustling, chic, urban metropolis, it also offers rich American and religious history. The Big D or Metroplex, as the area is lovingly called by locals, is home to numerous major sports teams and a huge art scene. You can find more shopping centers per capita here than any other city in the US.
A small group of Mormons came to Texas and settled in 1897. Dallas has always been a melting pot of religions and has some of the nation’s largest churches. There is a large LDS community. The Dallas temple was the first temple built in Texas in 1984. The temple is famous for having done ordinance work for historical figures including some that lost their lives at The Alamo. The six spires and the sharply slanted roof are thought to draw the eyes towards heaven.
Eating and shopping are major hobbies in Dallas. The only time you’ll go hungry is on the off chance you can’t decide where to eat. Kick up your boots and settle in at La Duni Latin Cafe. Try famous Texas Barbecue at Pecan Lodge or classic Tex-Mex at Avila's Mexican Restaurant. For a fancy steakhouse dinner, you will love Al Biernat's. For scrumptious salads visit Snappy Salads. You can find good ol' American fare worth stopping for at Benedict's Restaurant.
If you want a cowboy experience, look no further than downtown Dallas. Find everything from boots to hats and world-class shopping at the Dallas Market Center. With so many activities to choose from, you won’t be able to see everything on your first visit to this city. If you're interested in history, a good starting point is the Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository. Beautiful gardens can be seen at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. If you enjoy heights and want to get a birds-eye view of the city, head to the Reunion Tower. If modern and contemporary sculpture is your forte, look no further than the Nasher Sculpture Center.