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A great metropolis characterised by its impressive skyscrapers, advances in the technological industry and the strong cultural movement on its streets, Dallas is becoming more and more popular as a holiday destination. In fact, it has become one of the United States’ most visited cities.
If you have everything ready for your next holidays, but don’t know where to go, here are five places that will make you want to visit Dallas.
Reunion Tower is an imposing building with a height of 561 feet and it is one of the most emblematic monuments in Dallas. It is a compulsory stop for those who want to have a true memory of their visit to the city.
If you really want to admire the beauty of Dallas, without missing a detail, there is no better way than to visit the spectacular observation platform located on the top of the tower. Thanks to its geodesic sphere, you have a 360º view of the city. The tower has touch screens that enrich the experience of those visiting and, for the more curious among you, there a number of powerful telescopes available so that you can see the most important landmarks in more detail.
The amenities include two excellent restaurants that are the perfect complement to an unforgettable experience.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
For those of you who love to be outside and in direct contact with nature, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the best option.
The amenities include a wide variety of plant species, with the highlights including the azaleas collection that includes around 2,400 varieties, the tropical plant collection and the collection of species and varieties of the Ilex genera.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is chosen as the location for many family celebrations and cultural festivals due to its peaceful surroundings and the beautiful landscape formed by its well-cared for vegetation.
The centre is also closely related to many educational programmes aimed at people of all ages and has an area dedicated to important botanical research.
Legoland Discovery Center Dallas:
This fantastic centre is located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. It is the perfect place for little ones to have some fun, although I would like to point out that the attractions are not only aimed at children and the whole family can enjoy them .
From the Ninjago training camp with ninja missions and laser rays, to the possibility of building your Lego racers and then have a competition with them, lots of adventures are waiting for you in the Legoland Discovery Center.
You can also visit the 4D cinema and enjoy films starring the most popular Lego characters all day long, or you can try out the marvellous experience of pedalling through the air as a wizard’s apprentice in the Merlin’s Apprentice Ride.
I recommend that you stop for a rest in the ¨Lego Coffee Shop¨, where the best snacks are prepared to help you recover your energy.
Sea Life Aquarium Dallas:
Another place you can’t miss if you visit this magnificent city is the Sea Life Aquarium. It is very close to the Legoland Discovery Center and is another leisure facility for the whole family.
You can see more than five thousand marine animals in the aquarium’s exhibition halls. There is also a transparent underwater tunnel that allows visitors to see their favourite animals up close. Don’t miss the variety of interactive activities offered by the aquarium, allowing you to feed the animals or letting you see what goes on behind the scenes.
The Sea Life Aquarium works hard to educate people on species conservation and to teach them the importance of protecting the environment.
On the aquarium’s website, you will find incredible offers including, among others, personal tours and more economic prices.
Finally, I would like to recommend a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art. This museum was founded in 1903, and since then it has changed location to the Dallas Arts District.
Since its early days, one of the museum’s main objectives was to create a space to promote local art and for the research and innovation of this field.
Visitors will find over 24,000 works of art, distributed in collections of Mediterranean Art, Southern Asian Art, an incredible collection of objects representing the African culture and distinctive collections from the American continent.
Moreover, the museum has a wide community programme in which anyone interested in art and its various expressions can participate. There is also a large library offering services to both the museum’s own employees and the public.
As you can see, in the city of Dallas you will find fantastic places to visit on your dream holiday. There is no doubt that all the places I have mentioned can be part of the perfect plan to live an unforgettable experience.
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The state of Louisiana, founded in the 17th century and named in honour of King Louis XIV, is among the North American regions that attract most tourists from all over the world.
This state is heir to a multicultural diversity earned over years of being the home to European, African, Asian and Native American communities. Louisiana offers us an incredible journey in time through its picturesque European-style architecture and music arising from the mixture of African and Western rhythms.
Below, I will talk to you about 5 places that you shouldn’t miss if you visit Louisiana.
The French Quarter:
This seductive place, also known as the ¨Vieux Carré¨ (Old Square), is located in New Orleans and is one of the busiest places in the city.
Many people identify the ¨Vieux Carré¨ as the essence of New Orleans, where the majority of its buildings date back to before 1803 and a large part of the architecture reflects the French and Spanish styles that were fashionable back then.
Its attractions include numerous bars and restaurants where you can try the food, strongly influenced by the city’s Creole roots. Moreover, in this city there are more than enough clubs where jazz and the blues invite us to spend some unforgettable moments. The city’s second-hand shops are also very special since you can purchase unique objects that reflect New Orleans’ unique history.
Your trip to this interesting district has to include a visit to Bourbon Street. Bourbon Street is one of the area’s liveliest streets, housing the most traditional places steeped in the bohemian atmosphere that characterises the city of New Orleans.
Capitol Park Museum:
Since the colonisation of Louisiana by the French until the present, this museum, located in Baton Rouge, relates the history of a territory that has evolved over the years, with a mixture of cultures from all over the world.
The museum houses both temporary and permanent exhibitions of objects belonging to an intense past that bore witness to the cultural background that is so representative of the United States today.
You will find exhibitions that tell of the defence of the black community’s civil rights, the long years of slavery and the subsequent racial discrimination.
Personal objects of many great artists who were born in this state, such as the famous jazzman, Louis Armstrong, are among the invaluable pieces that you can see in this museum.
The museum also organises many activities that allow us to get first-hand knowledge of the state’s economic and social development, as well as its contributions to the United States.
The Jungle Garden is located on Avery Island and consists of 170 acres of semitropical gardens, offering visitors a setting dominated by nature.
The Jungle Garden was founded by the naturalist, Edward Avery McIlhenny, who initially created a private bird sanctuary in 1895 known as ¨Bird City¨, for the protection of certain endangered species of birds. Over the years, the garden became bigger, until, in 1935, it opened its doors to the public as the Jungle Gardens.
As well as the birds you can see during your visit, you will also see animals like American caimans, black bears and white-tailed deer.
It is so big that to get around the whole route you need to go by car, although, if you prefer, you can participate in small walks visiting the most important places in the gardens.
There is also a space dedicated to a Buddhist temple. It can be found in a Chinese garden and is frequently visited by people seeking a moment of complete tranquillity and harmony with the environment.
If you are a nature lover and enjoy being in direct contact with nature, you should definitely pay a visit to the Jungle Garden. You can visit any day of the year from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You cannot go to New Orleans without visiting this magnificent architectural work of art. Jackson Square was designed by the landscaper, Louis H. Pilié, and was originally called Place d’Armes or Plaza de Armas. It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that it was given its new name in honour of President Andrew Jackson.
In its early days, this historic square was the location of military parades and public executions. Over the years, it has become the scene of cultural events such as music and visual arts. Many establishments like restaurants and shops surround the square, adding to its charm.
Although it is a short but interesting visit, Jackson Square can be the starting point for you to go on to see emblematic buildings in the city, like the Saint Louis Cathedral and the Presbytère.
Jackson Square is a compulsory stop for anyone who wants to learn a little more of New Orleans’ exciting history.
The National WWII Museum:
We can find this interesting museum in the centre of the city of New Orleans. It is largely dedicated to telling the story of the United States’ participation in the Second World War.
The museum has five enormous rooms where multiple exhibitions are presented with testimonies, objects, photographs and film projections showing the reality of those who participated in this important event.
Another of the museum’s attractions is that you can see inside planes and boats used by the United States during the war.
If you decide to pay a visit to the museum, please note that it opens every day between 09:00 am and 5:00 pm, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Mardi Gras Day.
If you are just passing through Louisiana, or you are planning your next holidays, these five places are brilliant options to include in your list of compulsory visits. Each of them will guarantee you unforgettable moments.