The heart of America’s ‘Lone Star State’ might be the last place some would expect to find a European-inspired city comprised of a motley collection of bohemian neighborhoods, yet that is exactly what you’ll find when you fly to Dallas. Funky, offbeat and cosmopolitan, Dallas is an oasis of worldly culture. Add to the city’s international flair with genuine ‘Made in Italy’ products available en route through Alitalia’s onboard boutique.
Traveling to Dallas can be a bit of a surreal experience. Many arrive expecting cowboy hats, leather boots and rodeos, and while that traditional American culture is undoubtedly present, it is enhanced by a variety of complementary seasonings. The West Village is Dallas’ portal to Europe, with its stately facades, boutiques and gelato shops. Deep Ellum is even more eclectic, with quirky local art galleries, quaint cafes and gourmet restaurants. Further on in the Design District lies the Dallas Contemporary, the city’s exalted stage for the greatest in modern art.
Texas summers can be very warm. If you plan to tour the city’s many districts, book your tickets to Dallas for April or October, when temperatures are balmy and mild. Once there, don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs at Highland Park Village, the oldest shopping center in the United States.