Dallas Travel Guide
The healthiest airport in the whole wide world will soon be found here at home in the nifty fifty. Well at least that’s the plan if the folks down in Dallas get their way, as they are eager to show that the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the best option for hungry travelers.
In the past the place has done well when examined by the group known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as they’ve scored in the top five for good-for-you options when on the go. However, the airport is now going all in with salads, greens, and other healthy habits.
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Did y’all cowpokes know there’s a newly crowned “World’s Longest Nonstop Flight?” With the retirement of Singapore Airlines flight 21/22, an unnaturally long 18hr 50min nonstop flight between Singapore and Newark, comes the new champion of distance: Qantas Airlines 7's 15h 25min nonstop from Sydney, Australia to Dallas, Texas.
It doesn’t take a math genius to realize that the flying time difference between the newcomer and the old-timer is a dramatic 3hr 25min. You could watch “Titanic” from start to finish in that exact time (the movie is literally 3 hr 25 min long). However, we certainly don’t want to make light of a 15-hour flight.
Let us not forget that while Singapore’s flights were longer, they were also running a completely business class cabin with no economy option. For Qantas, a few hundred passengers on the new longest flight will be spending their 15+ hours sitting upright in economy, chewing Xanax to make the pain go away. Just kiddingEconomy in one of Qantas’ 747-400ERs really isn’t all that bad (though we’d still suggest spending a little extra for Premium Economy like we did).
The tale of Bonnie & Clyde was resurrected last night in Part 1 of a new TV miniseries about the real-life couple and the infamous crime spree that cost them their lives nearly 80 years ago.
The continued fascination with history's most wanted couple keeps Bonnie & Clyde tourism going strong in Texas and Louisiana.
In Dallas, TX, local Freda Dillard gives a four-hour Bonnie & Clyde Tour that includes the location where they first met, Bonnie's former workplace Hargraves Cafe, and the Grapevine location where they murdered two highway patrolmen. The group tour, which can accommodate up to 57 people, costs $240.
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Today is Cyber Monday, and that means there’s all kinds of discounts to be had across the internet. However, after scoring a few digital deals, we suggest hitting the terminals and concourses to look for the next big thing in holiday gifts, and that’s because Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is all about shipping and shopping for the next few weeks.
The airport is offering to ship gifts back to where you call home—no checked baggage free required—for those items purchased at the airport. Things started up on November 22, and the option will run through December 24. It’s called "You Shop, We Ship," and is available to all travelers who grab something valued at $50 or more in the airport—but there are some certain restrictions depending on the store or the seller. Let’s just say that the copy of US Weekly from Hudson News isn’t going to be eligible for this promotion.
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This week’s a big deal for the planes and people over at Southwest Airlines, the week that the countdown to the end of the Wright Amendment finally begins. The 1979 federal law limited where planes could fly out of Dallas-Love Field to cities in and around Texas and a few neighboring states, but once it expires, the airline will have a lot more freedom when it comes to where the blue-bellied planes can fly.
This marks a continuation of good news for Southwest in the Lone Star State. Just the other day we mentioned that the carrier was hard at work building its first international terminal over at Houston-Hobby, which seems to go hand-in-hand with the flight freedom that’s on the horizon at Love Field. We’re now one year away—October 13, 2014—from the day when the wing-clipping rules and regulations will be in the past.
If you’re heading to Dallas anytime soon you might want to consider the city’s other airport. Sure things are fine and dandy over at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and they’ve got lots of flights to plenty of destinations; however, Dallas Love Field has something that DFW doesn’t—new airport smell.
The airport just finished a revamp and renovation, and parts of the new airport are now open to the flying public. In total there’s eleven new gates at the airport, as the place is ready to debut just part of its renovation. There was a sneak peek for airport employees and others eager to take a look, but now things are open for those holding tickets as well.
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A couple months ago we mentioned this little start-up called Silvercar. In case you forgot they’re basically the latest entry into the crowded rental car market. However, they’re hoping to be successful by offering up only one kind of car—silver Audi A4s. It also doesn’t hurt that they’ve got former Skybus head honcho Bill Diffenderffer on the books as well.
Right before Christmas they flipped the switch on their website, and now Silvercar is open for your booking pleasure. Everything is a little limited to start—as in very limited—because it’s only in Dallas-Ft. Worth thus far. They’ve got to start somewhere, and the rental cars start flowing out of the airport as soon as January 14.
After more than a dozen tornadoes tore through Northern Texas yesterday, volunteers are already gathering to help remove debris and assist those left homeless by the storms.
The Volunteer Center of North Texas has assembled a Mass Care Task Force, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the North Texas Food Bank and the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
The philanthropic initiative gives guests the chance to spend a half-day volunteering with Ritz-Carlton employees in the communities surrounding their properties across the world.
The Give Back Getaway projects often also include an experience volunteers wouldn't be able to have otherwise. The Dallas Soup Savior Project, for example, lets hotel guests work with the culinary team behind the scenes in The Ritz-Carlton kitchen. The end result is a soup that will be delivered to the SoupMobile, which serves approximately 600 meals to the homeless in Dallas on a daily basis.
For more information about what projects are available this year, visit RitzCarlton.com.
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There’s plenty good causes that would appreciate a few moments of your time or a little extra funding this holiday season, but American Airlines’ Snowball Express has to be one of the best for #avgeeks. Despite their own misfortune this holiday season, they’re going full speed ahead to bring a little cheer to the children of fallen military heroes.
American Airlines has been doing this for a few years now, and this year is no exception. This year’s events kick off of December 9 and run through December 13 in Dallas. It all begins with a Walk of Gratitude on December 10 in and around the American Airlines Center, as one and all are encouraged to welcome the children and families flown into town for a few days of rest, relaxation, and fun.
There’s a new tourist attraction headed to Big D, and it might just change the city’s skyline. Great City Attractions has been chatting up the city about installing a giant Ferris wheel in downtown Dallas, around the intersection of Houston and Elm streets—that’s in Founders Plaza for those who call the city home.
Right now it sounds like things are very much still on the drawing board. However, Texas has quite the reputation for going big or going home, so we think as long as the pricing is right it’s practically a sure thing. The wheel could be as high as 200-feet tall, and apparently may be ready to go in around ten days or so once approval is granted. The Ferris wheel at the state fair—that’s the one in our picture—already soars to around the same height.
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Happy Friday! Finally, right? It's been a long week, but you're mere hours from the weekend and thus, we thought it proper to celebrate by pointing out that even airports like to have a little fun.
We're specifically thinking of Dallas-Love Fieldtotal Southwest Airlines turfand their outdoor "dog rest areas." You know what we're talking aboutthe little plots designated as places for your pets to do their business before and/or after flights.
A friend of Jaunted recently spotted one such area at DAL, complete with the cheeky sign above. For pet owners traveling with their best furry friends, taking a flight isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world, and a little injection of humor such as this can go a long way to diffuse the anxiety.
[Photo: Erica Nevas]