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One Day In Dallas Itinerary

Here’s how to spend one day in Dallas, Texas.

I’m sitting next to you, thinking about the skyline – the Dallas Skyline. I’m thinking about how bright it is: how the neon colors dance off the glass. I’m thinking about how club greens and blues silhouette dark-roomed buildings and how the kitschy hues should make me laugh but they are so lively, I just stare.

This is the Dallas I know and love.

So during my one day back in Dallas (after visiting Tennessee), I decided to re-visit all the top tourist attractions in the Big-D.

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One Day In Dallas Guide

View Of Dallas Texas

About

Situated on one end of the DFW Metroplex, Dallas (occasionally known as the Big-D) is a giant city that stretches over 381 square miles. Its population soars over 1 million (and includes one friendly neighborhood travel blogger – if you see me around, say hi).

The city is split up into smaller districts: Uptown, Deep Ellum, Lowest Greenville (within Lower Greenville), Bishop Arts District (in Oak Cliff), Highland Park, Knox-Henderson, Dallas Arts District, amongst several others. Each district has its own vibe and style and set of well-loved local businesses.

Know Before You Go

Margaret Hunt Bridge from Reunion Tower

As much as I love Dallas, I have to admit that parking in downtown is a nightmare (and if there’s a no parking sign and you decide to park for even five minutes, your car will get towed. I speak from one-too-many personal experiences).

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Lyft is the easiest option for me since I live in the area. But if you’re visiting from out-of-town, I recommend parking in an Uptown parking garage and taking the free M-Line trolley into the Arts District.

Best Time To Visit

September and October are easily some of the best times to visit Dallas! The State Fair of Texas is in full-swing during fall (and all the other attractions, as a result, are void of crowds).

I always like to describe Dallas weather as a moody teenager. One day, it’s bright and fun and 70 degrees and the next day, there could be hail. So when you pack, bring a jacket and umbrella even if the weather forecast promises nothing but rainbows and sunshine.

Where To Stay

getaway house cabin
This is the Getaway Cabin Dallas outpost my husband and I love to stay in! P.S. If you use the code EDEN25 at checkout, you get $25 off. 😊

Hotel Crescent Court

A luxury property in Uptown Dallas, with chic design and equally chic decor, Hotel Crescent Court has an air of France. The views are stunning and the property is near Stanley Korshak, a high-end clothing shop, and neighborhood-favorite Ascension Coffee (known for its pick-me-ups).

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Getaway

The Getaway Cabin Dallas outpost is roughly 2 hours away from the city center in the Piney Woods area of Texas, but it is hands-down one of my favorite places to stay over a weekend (the neighboring towns – Athens, New York – are laid-back and offer a cozy outdoorsy respite from the bustle of downtown).

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Saved By The 90s

Saved By The 90s is all about throwback themes. This is one of the most adorable homestays in Texas (the vibe is amazing and it honestly feels more like a 90s theme park than an Airbnb). If you love Clueless, Saved By The Bell, and Friends, you’ll fall head over heels for this funky, colorful upstairs unit.

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One Day In Dallas Itinerary

One Day In Dallas itinerary cover photo of sweeping gardens

The Dallas sky is a bright blue today.

To make the most of my time outdoors, I decide to grab breakfast to-go (after much debate. Breadwinners was a HUGE contender) and drive towards Maple Leaf Diner, a Canadian breakfast spot (tucked within a strip mall) along Preston Road.

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Breakfast At Maple Leaf Diner

Oh Canada Dallas restaurant

Maple Leaf Diner is an unfussy eatery in Dallas. It’s always packed but service is usually quick regardless of the crowds.

I always visit for the Southern poutine, a marriage of hand-cut fries and chicken-fried-chicken (topped with gravy and cheese curds). It’s priced for one and sized for two.

And it is so good (while sorting some photos recently, I dug up a clip of me trying Maple Leaf Diner for the first time back in University, and my reaction was quite literally “it’s so good” repeated twenty times over whilst laughing about, but not regretting, having cheese curds all over my lips).

General Info

Address: 12817 Preston Rd #129, Dallas, TX 75230

Cost: $

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum

One of the most beautiful attractions in Dallas is the Arboretum.

As I stroll past the entrance, I land in a burst of color. Birds are chirping hum-worthy tunes. Squirrels and rabbits plod through the grass. It’s one of those moments that feels too perfect to be true.

The arboretum is over 60 acres and from certain vantage points, you can see stretches of White Rock Lake (one of my favorite parks in Dallas). The plot is split into sub-gardens, each with its own unique styling.

One Day in Dallas Arboretum running through Crape Myrtle Allee

My favorite is Crape Myrtle Allee – shadowy hues of blacks and greys stretched out across a stone walkway.

Other spots to hit during your one day at the Dallas Arboretum:

  • Lay Family Garden: Perennials and wooded plants encasing a 2.2-acre region (which includes a waterfall and a koi pond).
  • Nancy’s Garden: a blanket of soft pink blooms
  • Jonsson Color Garden: sweeping swaths of seasonal flowers (reds upon purples upon yellows)

General Info

Address: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

Cost: $17 Per Person

Time Allotted: 2 Hours

Dallas Museum Of Art

Dallas Museum Of Art side entrance

The Dallas Museum Of Art is one of the largest art museums in the United States.

But today (since I’m strapped on time), I’m simply visiting their American Art collection, which includes local-favorite Frederic Church’s The Iceberg.

One Day in Dallas Museum Of Art

P.S. Church’s Iceberg is not far from another piece housed in the DMA that I absolutely love – a three-framed oil work by Benjamin West titled Conversion Of Saint Paul.

General Info

Address: 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: Free

Time Allotted: 2 Hours

Crow Collection

Less than a five-minute walk from the Dallas Museum Of Art is the Crow Collection.

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The Crow Collection is dedicated to Asian art and it’s hands-down one of my favorite museums in Dallas. The building is two and a half floors (just a few steps away from the Nasher Sculpture Garden) and each of the pieces really shines.

General Info

Address: 2010 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: FREE

Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours

Perot Museum

visiting the inside of the Perot Museum during my one day in Dallas

The Perot Museum is easily one of the most interactive museums in Texas.

The building will catch your eye first. It’s a Pritzker Prize winner – sloping roofs, crinkled walls.

I first visited the Perot Museum on my senior prom night many, many years ago (the museum was free that day, a deal too good to refuse and I really wanted an excuse to skip prom).

And I fell in love with it immediately (no regrets). From the Human Hall to the BioLab to the Discovering Life exhibit to Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals, the museum makes a bang (a big bang).

General Info

Address: 2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: $20 Per Adult

Reunion Tower

reunion tower at sunset
apparently I only have pictures of Dallas on bright, blue mornings so I tinted this photo purple just for fun 🙂

Sunset at Reunion Tower is stunning (but it’s also the most packed). Candyfloss skies. Pink clouds. 360-degree views.

Reunion Tower is best visited after a romp through Dallas (I spent most of my time there whispering excitedly we just went there and there and there).

The tower is also home to Cloud 9, a rotating restaurant spinning scenes of the Dallas skyline (the floor makes one complete rotation every hour so you’ll want to stay for a while).

The food is nothing to write home about (especially for the prices charged) but fortunately, the views are unparalleled.

After leaving Reunion Tower, I’m not quite ready to stop exploring Dallas yet. So I head on over to Bishop Arts District for the night (BBBop, here I come).

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Did you enjoy this one day in Dallas itinerary? What are your favorite touristy things to do in Dallas? Let me know in the comments below!

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Just a 21-year-old Texas girl trying to navigate my way through this world. I share daily travel stories, musings, and book recommendations on Passport To Eden.

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    Katy @ Skin Stuff by Katy
    June 22, 2016 at 1:30 AM

    If I ever find myself in Dallas, I’ll have to check out some of these places!

    skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:48 PM

      Yes! They really are must-sees! xx – Anshula

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    Klauss Kinkle
    June 22, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Very nice place in all senses 🙂 I would Like more such places in other cities!

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:48 PM

      Yes! I love the Big D! It has such a lovely mix of arts, museum, shopping and nightlife! xx – Anshula

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    Anvita - TheBellyRulesTheMind
    June 22, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Haven’t been to Dallas yet but planning to visit soon.So thanks for sharing

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:47 PM

      I’m glad you found this helpful! xx – Anshula

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    Courtney CJ
    June 22, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    I live in DFW now and love that you created this article. I absolutely love how artsy the city is. Be sure to check out Deep Ellum!

    Courtney | thirty30courtney.com

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:47 PM

      I love Deep Ellum! All the street art and quirky museums are so much fun! xx – Anshula

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    Fashionable Tigress
    June 23, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    I love interactive museums. Can’t wait to check this one out. Thanks for sharing

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:51 PM

      Yes! Me too! Let me know how your experience goes! xx – Anshula

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    Nijat Huseynov
    June 23, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Great post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:51 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! xx – Anshula

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    [email protected]
    June 23, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    I totally agree that interactive museums should not be reserved for children. This museum sounds like a ton of fun! The expanding universe hall sounds especially cool.

    Jenni // The Beautiful Fool

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:52 PM

      Yes! The Expanding Universe Hall is one of my favorites (so incredibly hands-on and I love geeking out over space). xx – Anshula

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    Yulissa Rosario Santiago
    June 24, 2016 at 3:24 AM

    ?? I can’t believe it! It looks awsome! I wish I could visit one day.

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      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:52 PM

      Thank you! I hope you get to visit (it is such a fun experience)! xx – Anshula

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    Heather Cole
    July 23, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Looks like a beautiful place to escape the bustle of city life, what a hidden gem! Loved your fairytale theme too, makes for a great read!

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      Anshula
      July 23, 2016 at 3:31 PM

      Thank you so much! It definitely is my go-to to escape all the bustle! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Travel Pockets
    July 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    OMG these are stunning photos and I must go here! Great job on your writing, as always 🙂

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      Anshula
      July 23, 2016 at 3:31 PM

      Awww….thank you! I’m so glad you liked the photos and my writing! xx – Anshula

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    Jenny
    July 23, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Looks like a really beautiful and peaceful place to go for a walk and a picnic!

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      Anshula
      July 24, 2016 at 2:38 PM

      Yes, Jenny! It is the perfect place to just find a quiet spot and watch the birds while snacking on a picnic lunch! xx – Anshula

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    MakeUp Fun
    July 23, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Stunning pictures! I am going to follow you immediately 😀 Congrats on such a blast.

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      Anshula
      July 24, 2016 at 2:37 PM

      Thank you (I’m blushing)! I’m glad you like my Instagram 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    the_mindful_mermaid
    July 23, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Looks Gorgeous! I will check it out if I am ever in Dallas!

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      Anshula
      July 24, 2016 at 2:36 PM

      Yes! If you ever get the chance, it is a great place to check out! xx – Anshula

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    Vanessa @ cuttingedgekid.com
    July 24, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    That looks like a dream 🙂 Thank you for sharing – I really like your style!

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      Anshula
      July 24, 2016 at 2:36 PM

      Thank you! I definitely agree that the arboretum seems to be straight out of a dream! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Nelu
    July 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Your pictures look brilliant! Do you take them yourself?

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      Anshula
      July 24, 2016 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you! I took some of them myself, but most were taken by my wonderful photographer 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Ana De Jesus
    July 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Wow Dallas is beautiful, it looks like something out of a fairytale which I love. Perfect escape.

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      Anshula
      July 24, 2016 at 2:33 PM

      Yes! A lot of Dallas is mostly a juxtaposition of buildings, but there are some wonderful pockets of fairytale-like beauty! xx – Anshula

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    Nya
    July 24, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    It’s hard to believe that beautiful house is nothing more than an administrative building. Looks like a doll house indeed:) I love the dress in your last picture, and all of the pictures are stunning!

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      Anshula
      July 24, 2016 at 2:32 PM

      Thank you! I was actually really hoping to go inside and tour the building, but it sadly wasn’t open to the public! xx – Anshula

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    nicopuegher
    July 24, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    What a place! The reading was amazing I can learn a lot from your writing. I love the way you take the photos, isn’t just random photos, each picture show exactly what you want to write and that’s awesome.

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    Courtney Connolly
    July 24, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Oh my gosh, I am such a sucker for gardens and places that are overgrown and just so organic. I would LOVE to visit the arboretum!

    La Belle Sirene

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    Marteen Lane
    July 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    This is just like something out of a fairytale! The Lay Family Gardens sounded wonderful.

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    nkompanik
    November 25, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Great article, Anshula!

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      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM

      Thanks, dear! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Jackie | Globetrotting Teacher
    November 25, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    What a heartfelt article and a great reminder to enjoy the nearby sights, too. I’d love to take in the view and have some dessert at Cloud 9.

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      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM

      Thanks, Jackie! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Views plus indulging in dessert is really the way to go! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    The Travel Fool
    November 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    I always see the tower when driving through Dallas. I never knew I could go in. What a great place to get views of the city.

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      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:28 PM

      I didn’t know that you could go in at first either! I hope you get a chance to visit the next time you are driving through – the Tower gives you a really unique perspective of the city! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Sara Broers
    December 6, 2016 at 3:05 AM

    This tower looks amazing~ I love the views of the bridge and more. On my list, the next time I am in town. Looks like a great place for photo opps!

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      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:27 PM

      Hey Sara! The view of the bridges are indeed fantastic and it is the perfect place for photo ops of the city! I hope you get a chance to visit! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Kevin Wagar
    December 6, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    It’s amazing what you can discover from a different viewpoint. This looks spectacular.

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      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:26 PM

      So true, Kevin! It was a spectacular experience! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Vyjay Rao
    December 7, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Loved your writing style and introduction to the tower. The panoramic views are amazing. Reminded me of the Macau tower in Macau that we had been to last year when in Hong Kong.

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      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:22 PM

      Thank you so much, Vyjay! I love looking at a city from above! I bet the views from the Macau Tower were amazing! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Neha Verma
    December 7, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    I should definitely visit here sometimes. I am so afraid of heights. I can’t walk without stumbling on even a 2ft high wall

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      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:21 PM

      I’m terrified of heights as well, but as scary as the experience was (for me, at least) it was definitely worth it! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Jackie
    August 23, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Wow it sounds like a fantastic place to visit. So much to see plus a fantastic bakery as well? Sign me up haha

    Jackie

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    Bindeshwar
    December 4, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    I would love to visit Dallas. After reading your beautiful post.

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