When is the best time to fly to Dallas?
Although summers (June through August) in Dallas can be hot, humid and at times verging on unbearable, this is still a very popular time to visit the city. As the temperature rise, so do hotel rates, so it is advised to book you accommodation and flights to Dallas well in advance. If you would prefer to escape the heat, then you can take advantage of the cool museums or spend your day shopping at the famous Neiman Marcus department store.
Autumn, from September through November, is perhaps the best time to visit, as there are fewer crowds around the city and temperatures begin to fall. As the peak season starts to die down you are more likely to find better rates for accommodations and cheap flights to Dallas. The autumn weather is pleasant in Dallas, although this period can experience storms and there is a slight tornado threat, but these are generally fewer and less severe than in the spring. Possibly the biggest event in Texas, the State Fair of Texas occurs during autumn, around late September to mid-October. You are bound to be spoilt for choice at this event which offers approximately 100 daily live performances, lots of family activities, an array of delicious food and an auto show.
Winters (December through February) are generally mild, although the temperatures have been known to drop to below-freezing and snow is possible. If you don’t mind the cold weather then this can be a great time to book your trip to Dallas, as you may be able to find cheaper flights and possible hotel deals. Do bear in mind that over the festive period (Christmas and New Year) the city can become busy and prices may rise.
The spring months (March through May) bring pleasant weather with mild temperatures, although it can be volatile, with severe thunderstorms and lightening. This season sees vibrant wildflowers blossom, such as bluebonnet and Indian paintbrush. There is an increased threat of tornados during this period. If this doesn’t put you off and, in fact you prefer adventure to tourist attractions, then Dallas is the place for you. As the city is located at the southern edge of Tornado Valley, it is a base city for storm-chasing expeditions and tours in the spring.
With a population of more than one million, Dallas, nicknamed "Big D" by the locals, is one of the largest cities in America. Having started out as a prairie trading post, the city has become a massive contributor to commerce across various industries such as finance, technology, and telecommunications which comprise the Dallas Cowboys, black gold, and the renowned Neiman Marcus department store.
Dallas is proud of, and some say downright stuffy about, its sophistication and its old wealth. For all that, Texans know how to laugh at themselves and how to have fun — especially in the Deep Ellum with its superb restaurants, galleries, shops, and clubs.
But it’s not all about the money. Visitors to Dallas are greeted with Texan hospitality and plenty of activities — museums, amusement parks, gardens, and historic sites. Dallas is also a sports town and is one of the few US cities that supports teams in six professional sports. Avid golfers who book flights to Dallas can play like local pros Byron Nelson and Lee Trevino in one of many golf courses around the city.
Spring is the storm season, and thunderstorms are typical. Summer brings a hot and dry wind with average highs in the 30s Celsius, and temperatures more than 37 are not unusual. The winter can get quite cold, even icy, with average lows around zero and generally just about three inches (seven cm) of snow.
Getting around Dallas
The main Dallas sights are easy to get to on foot. You can join any of a number of walking tours. Dallas’ public transportation system, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, also called DART, runs buses and light-rail that connects the downtown Dallas Convention Centre with the West End and other sightseeing spots. At the Dallas Museum of Art, you can hop on the M-Line Trolley, also called the McKinney Trolley, to get to the historic McKinney Avenue area. It’s still a good idea to rent a car in Dallas. It’s a very big city, and you’ll be glad you have the option should you decide to spend time outside the city. There’s little free parking to be found in the city centre, and most hotels charge for parking. You will also have to battle rush hour traffic. The highway numbers are easy to find on a map, but many locals refer to them by name, like the Airport Freeway or Central Expressway. If you’re going to Deep Ellum at night, take a taxi.
Getting from the Airport to the City
The main airport for travellers taking flights to Dallas is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). An alternative airport is Dallas Love Field (DAL). To get to the city from the airport, passengers can travel on the Dallas Area Rapid Transport (DART) or on commuter rail system. Taxis, rental cars and shuttles are also available.
Dallas insider information
- Fair Park is a 277-acre venue containing one of the largest complexes of year-round cultural, entertainment, exhibit, and sports facilities in the Southwest. Fair Park is a National Historic Landmark and has a collection of eight museums and art deco architecture. Fair Park also hosts the annual State Fair of Texas.
- The city was devastated by the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. The Sixth Floor Museum, in the Texas Schoolbook Depository, houses exhibits that examine the life, times, death, and legacy of President Kennedy within the context of American history. Historic films, photographs, artefacts, and interpretive displays document the events of the assassination, the findings of the official investigations, and the resulting historical legacy.
- Remember “who shot JR” and the infamous shower scene? Southfork, the ranch on the Dallas TV series, welcomes tour visitors. You can visit the Ewing mansion and see the gun that shot J.R. and other show memorabilia.
- Many of the less expensive and least extravagant of Dallas’s 5000 restaurants are on Lower Greenville Avenue.
- The biggest event is the annual Texas State Fair in October. The fair runs for several weeks. Its offerings include live music, large-gauge model trains, free-flight bird shows, auto shows, truck shows, backyard circus acts, stick-horse competitions, and, of course, animal and livestock exhibits.