Dallas, Texas is a relatively young city when compared to others in the state. That doesn't make its history any less rich. Dallas has seen a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Founded in 1839 by a lawyer from Tennessee, Dallas soon grew when the railroad was brought to the area. By the mid 1900's, Dallas was known as an oil town, becoming a substantial financial and corporate city in support of this growing industry. It also became home to Southern Methodist University, one of the nation's best ranked universities.
November 1963 was a low point in Dallas history; the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on a downtown street. This historic site remains, and the former Texas Book Repository is now a museum in tribute to Kennedy, his life, his legacy, and that infamous day.
Dallas is now a corporate center, and one of the leading destinations for convention planners. There has been a rejuvenation of the downtown area with excellent restaurants, shopping, and entertainment opportunities.
Dallas accessibility is good. This young city is still in growth mode; many half-finished highways dot the landscape. The downtown area, and many areas of the city, maintains wide, level sidewalks. The curb cuts are good, and stoplights allow ample time to cross streets. Public transportation consists of a network of busses and light rail that are accessible. Public buildings are fairly new, and accessibility has been incorporated into the great majority of them.
Dallas is served by two airports. Dallas Love Field is smaller, and much closer to downtown. It is convenient and easy to maneuver. Dallas -Fort Worth International Airport is much, much larger, and further out of the city, near Irving, Texas. The DFW Airport is very large, and may require air tram transport to get between terminals. It is very modern and accessible, but it can be a bit overwhelming. Give yourself extra time to navigate it.
Getting around Dallas by car can be a bit confusing. There are many one-way streets, frontage roads, and rush hours can bring traffic to a standstill. GPS or a good map is a must.
Dallas has so much to offer in the forms of entertainment, shopping, dining, art and sports. Whether it's visiting the very modern Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, shopping at the upscale Galleria in North Dallas, or milling around the largest contiguous urban art district in the nation, you will have a fabulous and accessible time!