Dallas, TX

Dallas’ inspiring skyline rears from the flat, arid plains that flank the Trinity River in North Texas. The US’ third most densely-populated metropolis was founded back in the days of the Wild West, at a bend of the river where protruding white rocks made an easy river crossing for wagons. 

The city is famed for its football team, its cowboys, the namesake TV series that gripped the planet throughout the eighties, and notoriously, for being the place where John F. Kennedy was assassinated. More prosaically, it is known for its barbeques, Mexican and TexMex cuisine and for being the birthplace of chain restaurants Chilli’s (in particular, its frozen Margarita) and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Dallas’ prominence as a hub for oil and cotton is manifest in the city’s concentration of Fortune 500 companies. Its strategic rail and road infrastructure has, over the years, consolidated the city’s industrial and financial clout. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the world’s largest and busiest airports, has also made it a major inland port.

The city also harbors a thriving cultural scene that speaks to its diverse multicultural society. Half the city’s population is Latino and it boasts no fewer than 16 different Asian cultures.