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Focus on Dallas: Eat, Sleep & Play near KBHCC

Dallas is a hub city, with the railroad, four highways and a major airport, making it an inland port, so all things eventually come to Dallas.

Bob’s Steak and Chop House, 555 S. Lamar St. You’re in Texas, so you’ll be wanting some steak. Don’t resist. The veal porterhouse is thicker than a Larry McMurtry book, and a jar of pickles and peppers is delivered to your table practically before you sit down. When you’re ready for some variety, Black Ship Little Katana, 665 S. Lamar St., serves Asian fare, including sushi; The Woolworth, 1520 Elm St., serves American cuisine, including a lobster grilled cheese sandwich and several vegan options; and Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar, 520 Main St., serves…well, duh.

The Omni Motel, 555 S. Lamar St. is connected via sky bridge to the convention center, making it the most obvious choice for conventioneers. Canvas Hotel Dallas, 1325 S. Lamar St., is a boutique hotel with a rooftop pool and lounge with an unusual view of the city. Aloft Dallas Downtown, 1033 Young St., has a stripped-back funky decor, and 14-foot ceilings to accommodate those who love spaciousness.

You can start with a visit to Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., which offers 360-degree views of the city from 470 feet. From there you might see the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Hardwood St., the Dallas World Aquarium, 101 N. Griffin St., and the Trinity River Project, a system of trails and green spaces along the Trinity River that is partially completed. When finished, the 10,000-acre nature district will become one of the world’s largest urban parks, more than 11 times the size of New York’s Central Park. There is also the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Cedars, 1005 S. Lamar St., a branch of the movie theater that led the way in adult beverages and ousting people who talk or use their cell phones during a movie.

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