What to do in Dallas

24 Hours in Dallas, Texas


Where to Stay

Hyatt Place Dallas/Park Central – Located about 20 minutes North of Downtown Dallas, the Hyatt Place offers great amenities at affordable rates. Each guest room is a suite with a full living room and bedroom. I love that each room has the perks of a mini fridge, a sofa sleeper and a spacious layout. The surrounding area has conveniently located shopping and restaurants to enjoy and with easy access to the freeway you can be just about anywhere in Dallas in no time at all. The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. Another perk that I just loved? Free breakfast and free WiFi!

What We Did

Well, with just a few hours to go out and explore we had to be picky about what we did. Dallas is one of those cities that offers endless options as far as different activities go! Check out this CityPASS link for some great ideas and Dallas savings Save 39% on the 4 best attractions in Dallas with CityPASS – Shop Now!

  • Gas Monkey Garage – For any fan of this famous car building Discovery Channel show this is a must go! Drive on down to Gas Monkey Garage and tour the gift shop to see past projects done displayed throughout the building. Buy Gas Monkey merchandise and hang out watching televisions with live footage of what’s going on in the garage next door. If you’re lucky enough you might even catch a peek of the man behind it all, Richard Rawlings. Stop for a photo op at the famous monkey sign like this Gypsy did:
  • Dealey Plaza – Dealey Plaza is the famous area in Downtown Dallas where the assassination of John F. Kennedy took place in November of 1963. Today, due to the plaza being named a National Historic Landmark, it is preserved to look exactly the way it did in 1963. It is like walking into a time capsule. The signs, street lights and surrounding buildings are all the same as they were that tragic day when Kennedy’s motorcade rolled through Dealey Plaza. You can go walk along the notorious grassy knoll and sit where many witnesses overlooked as Kennedy was killed. There is an “X” in the middle of the road that marks the spot of where his vehicle was when he was hit. On the corner of the plaza you will find the Sixth Floor Museum which was once The Texas School Book Depository company and the believed location of the sniper. Tour the museum to view the timeline of Kennedy’s assassination, to see artifacts and video footage of his assassination and to gain a more in depth understanding of November 22, 1963.

Where to Eat

While visiting Dallas we had the chance to visit only one restaurant since our awesome hotel provided breakfast. So we decided to check out Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex located at 10455 N. Central Expressway. A cozy restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere and a vibrant bar, Gabriela & Sofia’s offers an unforgettable experience. Their large menu is full of high quality, authentic Mexican food that will leave your taste buds dancing. We tried the chicken fajitas, a burrito and beef nachos and couldn’t get enough. Our meal was perfectly seasoned, it was fresh and our plates were full of food. The next time we’re in Dallas it will be the first restaurant we go to visit.

Our time in Dallas was short lived but the memories will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to go back and explore some more. Have you been to Dallas? What are your favorite recommendations?

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25 thoughts on “24 Hours in Dallas, Texas

    1. I have no been to Austin but have heard plenty of wonderful things about it! Our little taste of Dallas was enough to get me craving more. I need to go back and explore.

  1. This is a great article! I love the Hyatt Place for those quick stopovers too! Also, it is great to earn status with the Hyatt at a lower cost too! Awesome job Elisa!!

  2. I’ve never been to Dallas and it’s never really been on my list, but now it is! I didn’t know that this is where Kennedy was assassinated – though I feel I really should have known.

  3. Haha I just can’t get over that silly photo and Dallas sounds incredible! I’ve been wanting to explore Texas as I’ve only ever been to San Antonio! The Tex-Mex sounds like it’s just up my alley! (Drool)

    1. MMM girl, I’ll meet you at the Tex-Mex restaurant LOL it’s only a 10 hour drive from me! We haven’t been to San Antonio yet but I’ve heard nothing but good about it.

  4. Nice article! I travel to Dallas sometimes for work but never really have time to explore too much of the city. Dealey Plaza was one place that I was able to visit and it’s so sobering. If you’re into historical places, that’s definitely a must see. Keeping your other suggestions for next time I’m there! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Absolutely love those classic cars. For us in Ireland, Dallas will always be synonymous with Saturday nights in the 80s, as that was when new episodes of the show would be screened. No big hats, oil, ranches or affairs in your blog. But nice little introduction to the city nonetheless. The scene of JFKs shooting would be of great interest to me. I didn’t realise they preserved the area as it was. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sounds like great memories to me! The JFK scene is worth the trip along, in my opinion. I can’t wait to go back and have more time to explore. It was such an amazing city with so much to do.

  6. We have started to do 3-4 day trips to explore U.S. cities. Dallas is a bit far from Toronto, but maybe a long long weekend might work with the right flight. I do love that piece of street art that you started with! I am sure a visit to Dealey Plaze would bring all kinds of thought out. I am almost old enough to just slightly remember the day. I think I would be looking for a big Texas steak! Thanks for the introduction to Dallas.

  7. Justin’s family actually lives in the DFW area and we really need to spend more time exploring when we visit! Thanks for this lovely reminder 🙂

    1. That’s great! My mother-in-law actually lives in the area too! I hope you guys can all go explore together.

  8. Great article, Elisa, enjoyed reading that. Those cars look amazing. I lived in Dallas for half a year in 1991/92 and have fond memories of it. As – at least back then – a great fan of the Stone’s movie JFK and all the conspiracy theories around the assassination I was off my head walking around Dealey Plaza.

    1. What a great memory to have, I think living in Dallas would be wonderful. Dealey Plaza is definitely something else if you’re a history buff…so much complex history, like you said with all the theories surrounding it. It’s eerie but also powerful.

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