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Dallas is the biggest star in the Lone Star state and the capital of Texas is packed with things to do. Everything is bigger here, from the steaks to the stetsons, and you’ll also find some fascinating museums and a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Fantastic architecture, intriguing craft beers and great Texan countryside make a perfect destination. It’s all much more accessible with a rental car - after all in Dallas, big really does mean big.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the home of American Airlines and is the third busiest airport in the world. There are dozens of scheduled flights direct from European countries. DFW is 20 miles from central Dallas, and journeys usually take up to 40 minutes. The I-20 highway is the ring road around the city, while the I-30 is probably the quickest route into town.
While there are plenty of car hire options at DFW, downtown Dallas is packed with car hire offices. Around Dealey Plaza, North Griffin Street and along Main Street are the best places to look for a rental car and of course it’s possible to collect here and drop off at another destination.
There are plenty of well-known brands that you can choose from in Dallas. Car rental companies include Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt, Budget and Zipcar and each has a great variety of vehicles that will make short work of the Texan tarmac. Business hours are usually 7.30am to 6pm in town, while the airport counters operate from 4am to 1am.
The city of Fort Worth is cowboy city. For rodeos, horse riding, quad bikes and a real taste of Texas, there’s no better place. It’s just 32 miles along the I-30 and should take less than an hour to reach.
Fans of the Dallas Cowboys should head to Arlington, 20 miles west of downtown, where the American Football team is based. There are water parks and theme parks too, plus some great museums and theatres.
Further north is Oklahoma City, another place to find cowboys and steers, working stockyards and oil wells, as well as some fantastic cuisine and great landscapes.
Dallas was built for cars and in truth it’s hard to get around without one here. There are various tips that locals give – beware of roads turning into one-way streets, watch out for drivers who text and try to avoid the Mixmaster, an extraordinary junction which involves switching several lanes in short distances to get where you want to go. Out on the open road it’s a different story with great scenery and easy driving. Stick to 55mph unless you’re on an interstate highway where the signs will tell you the maximum speed.
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There are a number of car hire providers at Dallas’s main airports, with additional offices and pick-up points all over the city. Even so, it’s best to book your Dallas rental car in advance to guarantee a vehicle. Most out-of-town budget motels and large resorts have free parking, and many city-centre properties offer a free or paid valet parking service.
Having a hire car in Dallas allows you to reach the sights and attractions on the edge of the city. Drive east to scenic Lake Ray Hubbard for a day of swimming and picnicking. Head west to enjoy the thrill rides at Six Flags Over Texas, or south to meet the animals at Dallas Zoo. In the northwest, explore the historic downtown and award-winning wineries of the Grapevine area.
Some of Dallas’s best shopping can be found in malls, from the huge Galleria Dallas to the luxury boutiques of the NorthPark Center. With a Dallas hire car you’ll be able to reach the shops with ease, and get your purchases home hassle-free.