Dallas is the most mythical city in Texas, with a past and present rich in all the stuff American legends are made of. In the materially minded USA, Dallas stands tall as a paragon of conspicuous consumption, a city known for its business acumen, its restaurants and its shopping.
Endlessly and notoriously preoccupied with growth and status, the 'Big D' is also famous for its contributions to popular culture - from the Dallas Cowboys football team and its cheerleaders to the long-running Dallas television soap opera.
But the city has its surprises, and they're not hard to find: a tiny sliver of downtown set aside to promote the ideal of gratitude, not greed; a stirring museum devoted to one of the greatest tragedies in US history, JFK's assassination; and acres of parks providing oases of relaxation and recreation.
Facts for the traveller
Off the beaten track