Gay Vacations in Dallas, Texas

Panoramic of the downtown skyline in Dallas, Texas, at night
The Dallas skyline at night, Texas (Round Productions Inc./Photographer's Choice/Getty)

Dallas Highlights

  • Rent a car. Dallas is extremely spread out, covering nearly 400 square miles, and although the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has an expansive bus and light rail system, you’ll probably still want a car to get around town. Just keep in mind that street parking can be an expensive hassle in the downtown area.
  • Watch out for conventions. Dallas is the country's second most popular convention destination, and when big ones are in town, rooms can be hard to come by. Visit the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau website to check the convention calendar.
  • Fans of outdoor sculptures, rejoice! The city's Nasher Sculpture Center is world-class, featuring works by Picasso, Rodin, and Miro. After you’ve perused the center’s gardens, pick up the "Walking Sculpture" brochure (available at the city's visitor centers), which will lead you to 33 outdoor public sculptures in the downtown area.

From J.R. and Sue Ellen to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, this city has a larger-than-life reputation. No wonder it's affectionately called the "Big D," which is saying a lot in oversized Texas. Often overlooked by gay travelers as a boring and conservative city, many who do venture to Dallas are surprised to find a hospitable and forward-thinking populace. Dallas is, after all, home to the largest gay and lesbian church in the world, The Cathedral of Hope.

This moneyed city is also said to have sixth-largest gay population in the United States (and the biggest in Texas). The main LGBT area is the Oak Lawn neighborhood, which is filled with bars, restaurants, and stores in the heart of the city. The intersection of Throckmorton and Cedar Springs is referred to as the crossroads of Oak Lawn and is the home to many of the gay bars. The district of Deep Ellum is east of downtown and has an Austin vibe, with live music spilling out of its funky establishments at night. Lower Greenville Avenue is another queer-friendly bohemian area, with vintage clothing stores, resale furniture shops, and funky nightlife.

Other places worth visiting include the observation deck at the signature sphere-topped Reunion Tower, the I.M. Pei-designed Dallas Museum of Art, and Dealey Plaza, where J.F.K. was shot. (Nearby is The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, where Oswald fired his rifle, as well as The Conspiracy Museum across the street from the John F. Kennedy Memorial.) And don’t forget the neighboring city of Fort Worth, with its wealth of museums including the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth—as well as the lesbian-popular National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame. Shopping is a big pastime in Dallas (birthplace of Neiman Marcus), and you’ll find no dearth of upscale malls, especially in the city's suburbs.

Published: 17 Jul 2008 | Last Updated: 17 Aug 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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