With Dallas' concentration of technology companies, corporate headquarters and wholesale trade markets, the nation's ninth-largest city is a Texas metropolis devoted to business. Residents of Dallas, Texas, seem to enjoy spending money with the same passion with which they earn it. The result is a mercantile mecca that appeals to visitors: The metropolitan area of Dallas affords shopping opportunities that rival those in New York City.

Dallas is also known for the arts; spanning 19 city blocks in the heart of downtown, the Dallas Arts District is the largest urban cultural district in the country. The AT&T Performing Arts Center, a multivenue center for music, opera, theater and dance, is the most significant performing arts complex built since the Lincoln Center in New York.

The city of Dallas, along with Fort Worth, its neighbor about 35 mi/56 km to the west, anchors a vast, 12-county area of north-central Texas that is home to more than 6 million people. It's a fast-growing region that's become an oasis for entrepreneurs and a fertile ground for young singles and families alike.

Dallas sightseeing offers a pleasant mix of the Old South and the New Economy. The new urban high-rises in downtown Dallas are balanced by comfortable family suburbs just minutes away from the hubbub. Residents are generally congenial and welcoming to Dallas visitors, and as with other Texans, Dallasites are proud of their ability to do things the Texas way—big.

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