Dallas Through the Eyes of a Newcomer | Part 2
Published | Written by Kelly Wicker
Forget everything you thought you knew about Dallas. Big hats, big hair, big egos, ruthless oil men… okay, well, some stereotypes are true, and we still have some of those. It’s part of the charm. Today’s Dallas, however, is more accurately described as a modern, thriving American city that prides itself on its diversity, stunning architecture, parks, museums and support for the arts.
Dallas/Fort Worth the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. -- and still growing! Over 200 people move into the DFW area daily, which is mind-boggling but understandable given what this city has to offer, both in terms of economic and industry growth and its distinct personality and culture. Moving to a new city can be both exciting and overwhelming, but Dallas is friendly, warm and welcoming. Learning your way around, making new friends and finding your niche won’t take long here.
Whether you’ve moved to town for a dream job, or just visiting for a while, I’ve got more walkable destinations for y’all that you just can’t miss while you’re here.
Continental Pedestrian Bridge + Trinity Skyline Trails
For some breathtaking views of downtown Dallas, head west and take a stroll across the Trinity River on an old bridge, converted by the city into a $12-million public park. Pedestrians, cyclists and skaters are free to roam to their hearts’ content -- no cars allowed on the bridge. There are also plenty of trails to hike and bike underneath the bridge in the Trinity River Basin, and several nice restaurants and a brewery within walking distance.
Bishop Arts District
Oak Cliff’s historical and quirky shopping-and-dining destination offers over 60 local shops and restaurants where beard-and-flannel hipsters mix easily with families and suburban visitors to enjoy everything from antiques to artisanal chocolates to fine dining. Do not skip Emporium Pies, even if there’s a line. It’s worth the wait!
White Rock Lake
Covering over 1,000 acres just northeast of downtown Dallas, this urban lake boasts over 9 miles of hiking and biking trails, public boat ramps and piers, kayaking, picnic areas and a dog park complete with a doggie swimming pool! Many community and city-wide special events are held here throughout the year, making White Rock Lake one of the most popular parks in the city.
We love our city, and we think you will too. We’re glad you’re here! Now, get out there and make Dallas your own!
If you haven't yet, don't forget to read the other post(s) in this series: