Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
While the crime rate in Dallas has decreased in the past years, there are certain areas you should avoid and always use common sense. Unsafe areas are generally far away from any tourist attractions and have little to no interest for visitors. Most crime occurs between individuals who know each other or in high crime-ridden areas of the city. We recommend you take normal safety precautions and exercise common sense as you would in any other major city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching may happen in tourist locations and public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK :
There have been a few reports of muggings in isolated areas. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.
SCAMS RISK :
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you. Homeless people can be aggressive towards you if you don’t hand them money. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you. Credit card scams are also common. Never leave your card out of sight, and withdraw money from reputable banks or hotels.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
The city is not entirely walkable and the public transport is not very reliable, so automobile is the primary mode of local transportation in the city. However, Dallas does count with light rail and buses ran by The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). The light rail can take you to many tourist attractions in the downtown area. However, it is mostly for commuters as the trains run every 10 minutes during rush hours and then slow down to as two trains per hour. Buses can also take you to almost anywhere, but you may need to transfer a few times which can be time consuming.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
There can be some occasional natural hazards like floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and windstorms.
TERRORISM RISK :
Terrorist attacks are unlikely. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, it is best not walking alone at night, particularly in empty areas.
WHAT TO DO?
Although Dallas is a rather safe city, there are some areas that visitors should avoid. We recommend being careful in these areas: South Dallas, West Dallas, and certain parts of East Dallas. Fair Park is a lower-income area, and car break-ins are common if there are valuables inside. Other areas like Greenville and Mesquite have also higher crime rates compared to their surrounding neighbourhoods. The cheap hotels, “meth motels,” along the freeway have a bad reputation throughout the city; they are known for narcotics and prostitution, so we recommend you stay in larger hotels far from the highway. Please also note that Texans can carry concealed guns after fulfilling training and a background check.
DowntownThis neighborhood is still growing and is well known for its arts scene, green spaces, dining and lush shopping. You can experience the busy business life during the day and enjoy the nightlife and entertainment after dark.
Arts DistrictThe Arts District is located within downtown, and it consists of over 20 walkable blocks where you can find art for all the senses, award-winning museums, performing art venues, restaurants, and bars.
Oak Cliff/Bishop ArtsThis is one of the most unique neighborhood in Dallas with more than 60 boutiques, restaurants, bars, cafés, and galleries. Don’t miss out the Dallas Zoo (one of the 20 best zoos according to USA Today), which is the largest zoo in the state (106 acres); take a tour that features thousands of animals, check out the educational department, and don’t forget to visit the Giants of the Savanna and Hippo exhibits!
The US has one of the harshest entry policy, sometimes asking for an interview even for a tourist visa. Prepare to pay fees up to USD 160 for your application. Some countries like the ones from the EU or Australia have a visa waiver program (ESTA) which can be filled online. See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information. Strong custom regulations also apply (see the CPB website for more details), and the Travel Safety Administration can open your luggage without your presence. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the United States is the US Dollar. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted countrywide, and ATMs are found nearly in every city. The costs can vary widely between the states, but it is fair to assume a $100 budget per day on average, $150 if you rent a car and around $300 for top end accomodation. A 10% service tipping is customary in many sectors such as airport and hotel bag porters, bartenders , hotel maids, restaurant servers and taxi drivers.
The weather in the US varies greatly between the states : from the mediterranean weather of California to the Glaciers of Alaska or the subtropical Florida, each region has its best time to visit; although major cities can be visited all year round. This graph can be useful for finding the best time to travel.
The main international airports are in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page