National Championship Feature: Dallas, Texas

May 16, 2017, 4:24 p.m. (ET)


What can you expect when your team travels to Dallas, Texas for the National Championship? Read the Top 10 reasons why Dallas is one of the best sites for a USA Softball National Championship below.

THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS! With literally countless dining options to choose from, sometimes it’s tough to know where to start! Begin at Trinity Groves, the 15-acre restaurant, retail, artist, and entertainment destination that fosters the growth of start-up businesses and is home to the Restaurant Concept Incubator program; make your way to Truck Yard in Lower Greenville and grab a bite from one of the four rotating food trucks while sitting in the heavily shaded outdoor space among Dallas’ coolest neighbors; and complete your culinary tour in Dallas’ grunge-chic district, Deep Ellum, where you can chow down on mouthwatering barbecue at Pecan Lodge, gourmet burgers at Twisted Root, pub grub at Angry Dog, or Tex-Mex classics at Pepe’s & Mito’s Mexican Café.

THE SHOPPING IS SURREAL! Peruse NorthPark Center, where the 235 unique retailers, restaurants, and legendary department stores are sure to offer an unparalleled luxury shopping experience; explore the Galleria Dallas, where glitzy fashionistas and all-American cowboys are celebrated and embraced; and wander around the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, where the two-block former warehouse area offers more than 60 boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and galleries, making it one of Dallas’ most unique neighborhoods and unforgettable shopping experiences.

THE HISTORY IS ALIVE! Don’t miss The Sixth-Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy with documentary films, photographs, and artifacts that bring November 22, 1963 to life; explore theGeorge W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University, which holds the largest electronic records collection in the entire Presidential Library system with more than 200 million e-mail messages and nearly four million photographs; and discover the 11 permanent exhibit halls and various traveling exhibitions at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, where children, adults, and life-long learners alike can witness something new.

THE ARTS DISTRICT IS WORLD CLASS! Discover more than 22,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history at the Dallas Museum of Art, one of the 10 largest art museums in the country and located in proximity to the Nasher Sculpture Center; listen to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed to achieve the highest acoustical quality that has contributed to its international critical acclaim; and explore the AT&T Performing Arts Center, hailed as the most significant performing arts center built since Lincoln Center in New York City, and home to the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square, and City Performance Hall.

THE SKYLINE IS #1 IN THE WOLRD! Capture unbeatable views from 500 feet up in Dallas’ most recognized structure, the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower; enjoy panoramic sights of the skyline from the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge offering close-up views of the Trinity River and iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge; and relax by the rooftop infinity pool at the NYLO Dallas Southside Hotel while taking in the stunning skyline from a new angle.

THE KID-FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT IS UNLIMITED! Begin the adventure at the Dallas Zoo, where the 106-acres and thousands of animals offer an up close and personal learning experience; make a stop at the Dallas World Aquarium, where sloths and exotic birds are glimpsed just as frequently as sharks and stingrays; and surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed at Medieval Times while feasting on a four-course meal fit for royalty.

THE OUTSIDE FUN IS UNBEATABLE! The mild climate, BIG Texas skies, and beautiful wildlife entice everyone into the great outdoors. Stop at the food trucks or catch some live music at Klyde Warren Park, the 5.2-acre central green space in the middle of the bustling downtown scene; explore the flora and fauna at the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens that offers nature’s seasonal color all year long; and exercise at White Rock Lake, where walkers, runners, bikers, and dog lovers enjoy a 9.33-mile loop around sailors, canoers, kayakers, and fishers at the reservoir.

THE HEAT IS BEATABLE! A little too toasty? Don’t miss the Hilton Anatole’s newest aquatic oasis, JadeWaters, which features multiple swimming pools, water slides, and a 630-foot-long lazy river; head to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, where 50-acres of rides and slides and a 1-million-gallon wave pool are sure to cool things off; and slide over to Hawaiian Falls Garland, a 12-acre water park that is home to rope ladders, geysers, a thousand-gallon dump bucket, a 16,000 square foot wave pool, the 60-foot-high Waikiki Wipeout body slide, and the Kona Kooler Lazy River for thrill seekers and relaxation chasers alike.

THE UNIQUE IS NORMAL! There are just some things that you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look at the Eye at the Joule, a 30-foot-tall eyeball created by the multimedia artist Tony Tasset, installed as the first figure in the sculpture garden that the Joule has constructed across the street from its five-star hotel property; travel with the Traveling Man, a giant steel robot that manifests in three large installations in Deep Ellum, The Awakening, where the Traveling Man’s head emerges from a pit of gravel, Waiting on the Train, where the Traveling Man reclines against a piece of debris while smiling and playing his guitar, and Walking Tall, where the 38-foot tall Traveling Man strolls along, always accompanied by his bird friends; and fly with Pegasus, Dallas’ winged landmark that once flew high above the skyline atop the Magnolia Hotel and now flashes its fully restored red wings in front of the Omni Dallas Hotel, an iconic symbol of Dallas’ past and future.

THE WILD WEST IS THE BEST! Though Dallas is a place of progress and innovation, where shiny new buildings rise and cutting-edge business thrives, our Western roots hold strong. Visit Pioneer Plaza, which commemorates Dallas’ beginning by celebrating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas, featuring a re-creation of a cattle drive with bronze longhorn steers being driven by three cowboys on horses; venture into Wild Bill’s Western Store in the historic West End district for your boots, hats, belts, and buckles, where the smell of leather and the sound of Bill Dewbre’s friendly southern drawl lend to the warm atmosphere and spirit of Texas heritage in this family-owned store; and ride over to Texas Horse Park, a 302-acre equestrian facility in the Great Trinity Forest where you can saddle-up with two non-profit organizations, Equest and River Ranch Educational Charities, to experience the fun of riding horses in the big city.