Located about 25 miles outside of downtown, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It's one of two hubs that provide service to the city, with the other being Dallas Love Field. It provides service from more than 20 international and domestic airlines; however, American Airlines is the major carrier here, overseeing more than 80 percent of all flights. It contains five terminals with more than 150 gates, and visitors can use the Skylink rail system to travel between terminals and discover the multitude of restaurants, shops and other amenities offered at the hub.
There are a wide variety of hotels near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport from which to choose. The Holiday Inn is about 3 miles from the hub, while the Holiday Inn Express is only 1 mile away. Guests can also stay at the Staybridge Suites a little more than 4 miles from the airport, where you can enjoy free parking and complimentary breakfasts. Keep in mind that those who leave the airport via car must pay a toll to exit.
Welcome to Dallas
Third in size after Houston and San Antonio, Dallas is a sprawling metropolis with a deep history and rich culture. Visitors will find that the locals are a patriotic bunch, taking great pride in their Southwestern roots, role in America's past and beloved basketball team - the Dallas Mavericks. In fact, sports play a major part in the culture of the city - it's also home to the Cowboys, and tourists who criticize the locally adored team may find themselves being shunned by residents.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport hotel guests unfamiliar with the locale will be happy learn that the city is fairly easy to navigate. It's made up of a multitude of districts, including the bustling downtown, chic Uptown and historic Grapevine, but the streets are laid out in an easy-to-follow grid format. Most people use automobiles here - there's an abundance of gas stations, and the highways and major roads make car travel especially easy. There's also the extensive Dallas Area Rapid Transit system, which provides light rail and bus service to many major tourist spots but often neglects the less popular neighborhoods.
Things to Do in Dallas
As a massive city in the heart of the state, Dallas is home to a wide variety of historical and cultural attractions waiting to be explored, whether you're here for business or leisure. Start by crossing off some of the must-see sites on your travel itinerary. One major hot spot is the Granada Theater, a stunning display of architecture that's renowned as the best music venue in the city, while the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum gives you a peek into the president's stay in office (including his handling of the 9/11 attacks and Iraq War). History buffs will also love the Sixth Floor Museum, an institution that teaches visitors about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which took place right in Dallas.
Dallas also has a thrilling nightlife scene for adults seeking a little fun in the evening. Start with some American comfort food at Zodiac or Bread Winners, or try some Tex-Mex at Javier's. Then grab a drink at beloved local watering hole Ginger Man, a pub with porches, patios and a great beer selection. Another major highlight of the metropolis is that it contains the greatest concentration of shopping opportunities than any other city in America. Take some time to browse the boutiques, antique stores and retail outlets - many of them are located in Uptown, Dallas/Highland Park and University Park.