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Best Landmarks in Dallas

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Dealey Plaza

Virtually unchanged from the time of the then President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, this historic site is a reminder of one of the most astonishing and despondent times in American American history. The landmark West End District, which includes the Dealey Plaza as well as the Texas School Book Depository, is one of Dallas's most important historical landmarks. The soaring skyscrapers form a modern backdrop against the park which chronicles the years gone past. Residing on the urbane landscape of downtown Dallas, Dealey Plaza is a stunning marker of the legacy left behind by the former president and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy. Dubbed as the Birthplace of Dallas, the plaza is home to the Sixth Floor Museum, which poignantly illustrates the incidents of the assassination, with the help of historic displays, artifacts and exhibits.

Dallas, TX, United States
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John F. Kennedy Memorial

Dallas chose to honor the memory of President Kennedy by erecting this stately monument. This 30-foot-high, 50-foot-square monument was built in 1970. The open-air structure in the historic West End resembles an ancient tomb. It is the first memorial by famed American architect and Kennedy family friend, Philip Johnson. The monument, built with the help of private donations from the citizens of Dallas, is open 24 hours daily and is lighted at night.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

This is a permanent exhibition of the tragic events leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza opened in 1989 and is located in the Texas School Book Depository building, the site from where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot the President. Displays include a moving overview of the time period, and the life and accomplishments of the 35th President of the United States. Enlarged police photographs, news footage, and audio tools allow visitors to learn about the tragic events of November 22, 1963.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Reunion Tower

This Dallas landmark has graced the downtown skyline since 1978. Three levels of activity top the 50-story structure, which are encircled in a dome of lights. The triangle formations of the structural cylinders encase the elevators that carry passengers to the top levels in 68 seconds. For the more actively inclined, an 837-step stairwell is located in the middle of the tower. Over 200 lights add shimmer to the geodesic dome, which can be programmed to form an infinite number of patterns. Some of the more famous include "The Electric Moon," "Texas Raindrops" and "Dallas Disco Fever." The tower opened in 1978, just two years after construction began and only five years after its conception. The Lookout is the lowest of the upper levels and provides both an indoor and outdoor observation area. Visitors can view many points of interest throughout the Dallas area from 360-degrees.

Dallas, TX, United States
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The Blum House

D.C. George gifted this architectural delight to his wife on their wedding day. The lovely Queen Anne era home, complete with delicate trimmings, a signature turret and lavender facade paints an alluring picture of romance. The interiors are quintessential of the 1900s, with ornate furnishings, floral wallpaper, modern art and antiques.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Highland Park Village

This upscale center is typical Highland Park--trendy boutique shops and stores that offer exceptional services. Located minutes from downtown at Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane, Highland Park Village offers free valet parking and a variety of shops, including Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic, as well as boutiques by Chanel, Cole Haan, Escada and Hermes. All that shopping can work up an appetite, so stop by Café Pacific, Celebrity Restaurant and Bakery, or Mi Cocina.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University has an enrollment of just over 9,000 students. People from more than 80 countries and all 50 states come to study on this campus. Though named after the Methodist denomination, students from every religious background are welcome. SMU has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 100 universities in the country. In addition to its fine undergraduate degree programs, SMU offers graduate degrees through its Underwood School of Law, Perkins School of Theology, and Cox School of Business.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Lakewood

Lakewood is an area and neighborhood of the city of Dallas. Close to scenic White Rock Lake, Lakewood offers a mix of history and modernism. Its streets house many historic structures, estates and buildings dating from the 1920s and 1930s eras. The prominent entertainment venues here include the popular Lakewood Theater, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Art Deco Lakewood Post Office and the Wine Therapist (a popular wine tasting room and shop). Matt's Rancho Martinez and Angelo's Spaghetti House make for the neighborhood's gastronomic history, while the shops and retail outlets represent urban development.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Mustangs of Las Colinas

It took seven years for world-renowned wildlife sculptor Robert Glen to complete this larger-than-life sized herd of wild mustangs. Since its installation in 1984, the Mustangs of Las Colinas have been among the most photographed and visited sites in North Texas. Known as the largest equestrian sculpture in the world, the mustangs are a breathtaking sight honoring both the heritage and spirit of Texas. Informative films on actual mustangs as well as the creation of the sculpture are available for viewing. Admission is free.

Irving, TX, United States
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