One day three different ways: Dallas


The Corner Bakery ( at 301 N Market St in this Texan city will dish up a fresh berry and granola parfait for $4.15. Stroll to the Old Red Museum (, which houses the tourist information office, and pick up the Public Artwalk map ( for a self-guided art tour. The star is the giant installation of bronze bulls in Pioneer Plaza. For lunch, take public transport ($5.30 for a day pass, to Uptown deli EatZi's ($7.40, It's close to the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art (free entry, and the 5.6km Katy Trail walking track ( The Best Western CityPlace Inn ($82, has decent transport links, while the buffalo burgers at Twisted Root ($10.60, make for a juicy dinner.

TOTAL: $109.45


Hire a car with the likes of Thrifty ($50 a day,, and pull up in the West End at the cool, bar-like Ellen's Southern Kitchen (ellenssouthern for a country-style breakfast ($9.85). Just around the corner, the Sixth Floor Museum ($17, offers a detailed look at the Kennedy assassination 50 years ago this month. Drive west under the notorious underpass to Smoke on Fort Worth Avenue ($12.75, for a pulled pork barbecue lunch. It's next to the retro chic Belmont Hotel ($109,

After checking in, head to the Southfork Ranch ($14.35, in suburban Parker to indulge your JR Ewing fantasies at the house from the Dallas TV series. For dinner, try farm to table specialist Bolsa ($22.30,

TOTAL: $235.25


Tuck into the $29.70 lobster frittata at the genteel-but-plush Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek ( mansion-on-turtle-creek-dallas) before your town car driver (about $690 for 10 hours, whisks you off for a cultural fix. The Nasher Sculpture Center ($10.60, and Dallas Museum of Art ($17 for special exhibitions, have heavyweight collections. After lunch in star-chef haunt Stephan Pyles ($19.10,, touch down at the Arlington home of the Dallas Cowboys (tickets from $79.50, For dinner downtown, the chef's five-course tasting menu at the old world French Room ($117, is a Dallas treat while, a short walk away, the Joule ($311, is the city's hippest luxury hotel.

TOTAL: $1273.90

The writer was a guest of Visit Dallas (