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Friends Getaway

The adage that everything’s bigger in Texas certainly rings true for Dallas. The city is a supersized version of all that’s best in the American West, from professional sports to art and culture. Not surprisingly, Dallas is also big-time fun to visit, especially with a group of friends. Here’s how to see it all. 

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Day

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MORNING
  • Relax, Restore, Renew

    Kick your vacation off in serene style at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas. Opt for the unique Texas Eight-Hand Massage, which features four massage therapists performing in synchronized perfection. 

  • But First, Brunch

    Situated inside The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, Fearing’s is a Dallas brunch institution. The rustic Southwestern-inspired entrées like Pan Seared Halibut on Miso Grits served in a bright, modern space invite you to linger over your morning meal.

MIDDAY
  • Stunning Sculpture

    One of the most popular venues in the famed arts district, Nasher Sculpture Center was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano and seamlessly integrates indoor galleries and outdoor gardens to display 300 masterpieces of modern and contemporary sculpture.

AFTERNOON
  • Texas Barbecue

    Dallas does Texas-style barbecue right, and Pecan Lodge is the city’s most award-winning. Accompany your slab of succulent smoked meat with the Hot Mess, a baked sweet potato stuffed with South Texas barbacoa, chipotle cream, cheese, butter and green onion.

  • Sports Frenzy

    Whichever professional sport you love best, Dallas has a corresponding team and a state-of-the-art facility to catch a game. Or if you’re up for a bit of a drive, head out of town a bit to visit Texas Motor Speedway, host of two annual NASCAR races, and one of the largest sports and entertainment complexes in America. 

EVENING
  • The Science of Guacamole

    Each evening at 6, the lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas plays host to the hotel’s resident Guacamologist, who mixes up fresh batches of the signature Southwest dish for guests to enjoy with mini-margaritas.

  • City Lights

    Have dinner at Five-Sixty on the 50th floor of the iconic Reunion Tower. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a 360-degree rotation offer unforgettable city-lights views, and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s creative, contemporary take on Asian cuisine is always on point.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Craft Doughnuts

    Dallas’ original craft doughnut shop, Hypnotic Donuts, serves Instagram-worthy breakfast concoctions like the Evil Elvis, a yeast-raised treat slathered in peanut butter, bacon, banana and honey.

  • Walk It Off

    A half-mile away, the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, ranked among the top in the world, offers groves of pecan trees and colorful display gardens on the shore of White Rock Lake. It’s ideal for a morning stroll.

MIDDAY
  • History Lesson

    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 and chronicles his life and legacy. One block away, you’ll find the hauntingly beautiful John F. Kennedy memorial, designed by architect Philip Johnson.

AFTERNOON
  • Retail Therapy

    Dallas is home to some of the greatest malls in America, but for shopping with historic significance, head downtown to the grand Neiman Marcus flagship store, erected in 1914. Lunch at
    Zodiac, Neiman Marcus’ elegant eatery, a local favorite for more than 50 years.

  • Strike a Pose

    Pioneer Plaza presents an irresistible photo opportunity. Three bronze horsemen sculptures herd 49 bronze longhorn cattle. Insert yourselves into the sculpture (yes, you can sit on the cattle) and corral a passerby to get the shot.

EVENING
  • Best Brewpub

    Braindead Brewery takes craft beer to another level by pairing it with Latin-infused pub gourmet fare, all served in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for groups.

  • The Music Neighborhood

    The hip, historic Deep Ellum neighborhood, founded in 1873, gained musical acclaim in the 1920s during the height of the jazz and blues era. Today, it’s one of the region’s arts and entertainment hubs, with more than 20 live music venues.

Day

3

MORNING
  • Historic Adventure

    Pay homage to Dallas’ rich equestrian tradition with a visit to Texas Horse Park to go horseback riding. It’s only 8 miles from downtown but feels like a world away in a 6,000-acre old-growth
    forest.

  • Cowboy Must-Haves

    While you’re in the mood, stop at Wild Bill’s Western Store, widely regarded as one of the best places in Dallas to get cowboy boots and Western hats and belts.

MIDDAY
  • Time Travel

    At the site of what was the city’s first park in 1876, you’ll find Dallas Heritage Village. Take a self-guided tour of the 20 tree-lined acres through pioneer and Victorian homes and buildings that have been frozen in time to depict life in North Texas in the late 19th century. 

AFTERNOON
  • Park Lunch

    A downtown gem, Klyde Warren Park was said to have pulled green space out of thin air when it opened in 2012 over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It’s also the site of Savor Gastropub,
    a sleek modern eatery dishing out exceptional New American cuisine.

  • An Urban Trail

    The 3.5-mile Katy Trail is Big D’s most popular urban walking path, following a former rail line through the heart of downtown. It makes for great people watching or an after-lunch walkabout.

  • Mammoth Museum

    Built in 2012, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science represents a merging of three of the longest-running museums in Dallas: the Dallas Museum of Natural History, the Dallas Health and
    Science Museum and the Dallas Children’s Museum. It’s a must visit, or at least a must-see, standing 14 stories high and designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne.

EVENING
  • A Memorable Dinner

    It’s an undisputed fact that James Beard Award-winning chef Dean Fearing’s Southwestern-style restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is one of the nation’s best. On your last night in Dallas, you and your friends can enjoy weeknight Happy Hour in the restaurant’s lively Rattlesnake Bar, and then dine alongside celebrities, sports stars, rock stars, culinary-minded locals and even heads of state.