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Historical Society Tour

From the final moments of JFK to Bonnie and Clyde's reign of terror, Dallas' Historical Society Tours walk you through the key moments and include stops at the main sites. Led by local historians, they typically depart from The Hall of State in Fair Park and include lunch.

Tel: +1 214 421 4500.
Website: http://www.dallashistory.org/activities/tours.htm

Food Tours of America

Bent on proving that there's more to Texan food than steak, Dallas' food tour takes in some of the diverse restaurants in the uptown district – with cuisines ranging from Middle Eastern to Tex-Mex. There is lots of walking involved but given the amount of food consumed, that's just as well.

Tel: +1 888 871 2052.
Website: http://www.toursdallas.net

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Waxahachie

A quaint old town less than an hour's drive away, Waxahachie is one of the original Western towns and is centred around the pretty Ellis County Courthouse. There's also a lovely museum, a small art centre called the Webb Gallery and an annual festival that celebrates the gorgeous pink, purple and white flowers that bloom all over town come summer.

Website: http://www.waxahachiechamber.com

Fort Worth

Roughly 40 miles west of Big D, Cowtown, as Fort Worth is colloquially known, began worth as a military outpost before becoming a hub for cattle ranchers and the beef trade. Unsurprisingly, cowboy culture is still king with highlights including the Stockyards National Historic District, the plethora of Western-themed boutiques and the lively downtown area around Sundance Square.

Website: http://www.fortworth.com

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The Joule

Set in a lovely 1920s art deco skyscraper, The Joule is Dallas at its most patrician and boasts a lobby crammed with art – all themed around local moneyspinners, oil and gas. Rooms are slickly decorated and come with enormous ensuite bathrooms, and there's an enormous, well-appointed gym.

Hotel ZaZa

As you'd expect from a hotel named for movie icon Zsa-Zsa Gabor, Hotel ZaZa specializes in luxury details – think Frette bed linen, rainforest showers and enormous swagged curtains in every suite. The building itself is an old-fashioned colonial-style affair and comes complete with a chic bar and an expensive restaurant.

Hotel Lumen

Unusually minimalist by Dallas standards, Hotel Lumen is an oasis of soothing colors and ergonomic furniture. The hotel also has a heated outdoor pool, a hosted wine reception every evening and an on-site fitness centre. Off the lobby, the Front Room is a casual-chic restaurant serving three meals daily.

The Highland Dallas

Ultra-modern and possessed of a lobby decked out with gold seating and blinging chandeliers, The Highland does Dynasty chic reworked for the 21st Century. Rooms are large and the beds supremely comfortable, while bathrooms come stocked with Diptyque toiletries.

Hyatt House Uptown

On the northern edge of downtown, the Hyatt House Uptown sits amidst a bustling business district very close to Cedar Springs and Maple, an area dense in art galleries and antiques stores, as well as dozens of good restaurants. Rooms are a businesslike affair but there is a complimentary breakfast.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas

Just around the corner from City Hall, the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown couldn't be more central. A stone's throw from city center attractions, rooms are comfortable and clean, if fairly uninspiring. No matter – there's a pool onsite, guest parking and you get a free buffet breakfast in the morning.