Dallas City Guide
Everything in Dallas, Texas is larger than life. Seriously. It lays claim to the tallest Ferris wheel in the country (212 feet), the tallest cowboy in the world (a 55-foot-high statue called Big Tex, the State Fair’s mascot), and 18 (out of 1,645) of the world’s billionaires. With a population of 1.3 million and a humid subtropical climate (hot and dry in the summer, mild and dry in the winter), you could do a lot worse than live in this city.
In addition to “biggest,” Dallas also boasts several firsts: The Dallas Cowboys was the first to give us sideline cheerleaders, Dallas tycoon Lamar Hunt was the guy who coined the name “Super Bowl,” and the downtown Statler Hilton was the first hotel to try to anesthetize its patrons with elevator music. And if bigger really is better, then you’re definitely going to need ample space to store your lifestyle—there are 54,009 self storage facilities in the US and 54,000 of them are in Dallas alone. Well, maybe not quite.
But rest assured, you don’t have to be a bona fide oil magnate cum cowboy to enjoy Dallas. If you’re interested in becoming a professional makeup artist (or just need to learn about alternative looks to blue eye shadow), you can take workshops at the Los Angeles-based Maquillage Makeup Academy.
If you fancy yourself a history buff, check out the Dallas County Administration Building—formerly The Texas School Book Depository Company from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy—which houses the Sixth Floor Museum of “assassination-related exhibits.”
Or you can take the whole family to the Dallas’ annual State Fair, which showcases the biggest assortment of fried foods in Texas: fried Oreos, fried cheesecake, and fried butter. Coincidentally, the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is just two miles away.
Between the fully-stocked professional makeup kit, the assassination souvenirs from the gift shop, and wheelbarrows of fried food samples, you’re going to need a safe and climate-controlled storage unit to stash all these keepsakes.