Dallas, the birth place of what we know today as the 7 Eleven convenience store, where the first margarita machine appeared in 1971 and where the words "super bowl" were first uttered by sports mogul Lamar Hunt, is modern, brash and sitting in the north of Texas. The commercial and cultural hub of the region, it has a museum "Downtown's Sixth Floor" at Dealey Plaza commemorating the site of President John F Kennedy's assassination. The only city to have hosted a World Series Game, an NBA Finals and the Super Bowl in the same year, it is nonetheless where you can't operate a church by day and a swingers club at night. German chocolate cake was born here - sorry Germany - the recipe appeared in the Dallas Morning Star in 1957.
Home to the mega wealthy, in fact 20 of the names in the Forbes annual list of the 400 richest Americans live in Dallas, historically it had a legal prostitution zone named "Frogtown". If you are into "queer" takes on food, you can try a fried beer, fried coke or a fried Cadbury Creme Egg at the State Fair of Texas. Gawk in awe at the 360-degree view from the Reunion Tower whilst indulging in a feed or visit the Dallas Museum of Art that has been open since 1903, showcasing ancient artifacts to contemporary art. If art turns you on, go to the sleek Nasher Sculpture Center where you will find contemporary sculpture. The Dallas World Aquarium is within walking distance of the downtown's historic heart, and it is not only about the ocean's creatures but has an Orinoco Rainforest exhibit where the toucans fly in abandon and tree sloths appear together with poison dart frogs. For the nature lover head to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, that is 66 acres of peaceful shoreline around the White Rock Lake.
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