DallasI never imagined myself living in Dallas. Maybe that’s why I like it? No big expectations. After visiting a few times and changing flights at DFW airport more than a few times, I didn’t dislike the city, I just didn’t think much of it. It took living here to see how much Dallas has to offer. After living in Los Angeles for 12 years, I made the move here four years ago for a job. My first year I lived in the suburb of Plano because it was close to work and easy to get around. But alas, Plano was too boring for me.

The choice to move into “the city” (Dallas proper) wasn’t hard because I found myself visiting friends and spending most of my free time there. I chose the neighborhood of Oak Lawn to settle in and eventually bought a place. I love it. Great places to walk my dogs, eat, near Katy Trail and the Dallas Tollway (unfortunately my primary commute to work).

I have made a good life for myself and two dogs here in Dallas. It’s a bit of a bubble from the rest of Texas. Cosmopolitan and fairly liberal. So many business are either based here or have a strong presence. Many of the people Ive met here aren’t from Texas, they’re transplants like me. L.A. and Dallas have that in common. My friends in Southern California thought it would be culture shock for me, but it wasn’t. I do miss L.A. and luckily get to visit a few times a year. What I found was I missed my friends and the community I’d built in L.A., but Dallas has everything else I need.

Sure, the weather isn’t as great in Dallas (L.A. can spoil you) but I enjoy the seasonal changes. The winters can get cold and icy, but spring and fall can be glorious. The hot summers are another story. Let’s just say, you see a lot of movies and find unique indoor activities with air conditioning. Don’t let this scare you off.

Bishop ArtsDo you like shopping? Listening to live music? Visiting stellar museums? Eating incredible food? Dallas has it all, and more. Sadly, the city is most well known for one of America’s greatest tragedies: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Various tours are available, which may seem dark but are pretty interesting and informative. The Sixth Floor Museum, created in the book repository where the fatal shots were allegedly fired. Not your style? Luckily you have other options.

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) always has incredible exhibits, as does The Crow nearby. In the mood for a night on the town? Head over to Deep Ellum for live music or comedy shows. Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff offers great shopping and brunch options. If you’re looking for something more polished, Uptown, Highland Park or Knox Henderson will have what you need.

If daytime outdoor activity is your desire, head over to Katy Trail, an urban walking/running/biking path winding through the city. Klyde Warren Park downtown always has something going on, making it a great lunch spot (fun for the kiddos too). Nearby White Rock Lake with its small Bath House Cultural Center with museum and community theatre makes for a fun afternoon. Pop over to the Dallas Arboretum and spoil your eyes with the most beautiful flora and fauna in the state.

Have I convinced you yet? Don’t take my word for it, check out DFW for yourself. Here are some photos of a few of my favorite spots.

Downtown – Uptown – Oak Lawn

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Oak Cliff – Bishop Arts District

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Katy Trail

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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

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White Rock Lake

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