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Deep in the Heart of Dallas
 
Overview of Dallas, Texas
More than 150 years ago, pioneers came to Dallas searching for the "myth of the American West" with few ideas of what lay ahead. From their hard work and dedication came what we now know as Dallas. Pulling themselves up from their bootstraps, these individuals worked together building shops, hotels and other necessities along the way. Today, many of these landmarks are restored to their original grandeur.

But the dusty trails are now highways. And the railroads and airports provide the vital links to the rest of the nation and world. The spirit of the original pioneers lives on in today's residents. Dallasites exemplify the "can-do" spirit and continue to work together for the betterment of the city.

Dallas has matured into a culturally diverse city with museums and theaters, gourmet restaurants, team sports and shopping districts. The Dallas Arts District, located in downtown, is the largest designated area of its kind in the United States and includes the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). The DMA's Museum of the Americas features original pieces from Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, and Costa Rica to name just a few.

Fair Park is also home to several museums all within walking distance of one another. Located within this historical landmark is the African American Museum, the only museum in the Southwest devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. For live entertainment, Dallas boasts of more than 110 live performances every night. Also located in the Arts District, The Meyerson Symphony Center is home of the renowned Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the building itself has been hailed internationally for its architectural brilliance and its acoustical excellence. Famed architect I.M. Pei designed the building. The Dallas Opera is proud to showcase international touring companies and renowned productions.

Dallas also is the birthplace of the regional theater movement, and there are numerous professional and amateur theater groups that put on productions year-round. Each summer, visitors enjoy the Dallas Shakespeare Festival and the Dallas Summer Musicals.

From 1978 to 1990, Dallas was home to the television series Dallas, which has been shown in 96 countries. Southfork Ranch, featured in the "Dallas" series, is located north of Dallas and is open daily to the public and offers tours, private events, chuck wagon dinners and functions for all sizes. Today, Dallas is the third largest film production site in the United States.

With Dallas having more restaurants per capita than New York City, visitors can choose a different cuisine for each night of the week. Although Bar-B-Q, Tex-Mex and home cooking are local favorites, Dallas' growth as a cultural melting pot has brought dining choices from virtually all over the world including India, Italy, Brazil, Greece, Egypt, France and Germany, to name just a few.

For the sports enthusiast, Dallas is one of only a few cities to have teams from all seven professional leagues. Champions of five Super Bowls, the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, the Texas Rangers baseball team of the American League, the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, the 1999 Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer all entertain thousands of sports fans each year. Dallas is also home to the Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) soccer and the AFL Arena Football team the Dallas Desperados.

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