Dallas is Texas' most mythical city, with a past and present rich in the stuff that American legends are made of. The 'Big D' is famous for its contributions to popular culture – notably the Cowboys and their cheerleaders, and Dallas, the TV series that for a time was a worldwide symbol of the USA. An upscale ethos makes for an amazing dining scene (you can tell which place is hot by the caliber of cars the valet leaves out front) and the nightlife's not too shabby either.
The museums are not only excellent, but unique – history buffs should not miss the memorials to President John F Kennedy's assassination. The most impressive addition to Dallas' cultural landscape in recent years is the massive 68-acre Arts District, now the largest in the country.
Don't worry, though: all this culture doesn't mean that Dallas isn't still a paragon of conspicuous consumption. With more malls per capita than anywhere else in the US, shopping is definitely this city's guiltiest pleasure. So if you feel the urge to take out your credit card, throw frugality to the winds and say 'When in Dallas…', you won't be alone.