The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Its economy is the fifth largest in the country and it is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. When people say things are "Bigger in Texas", chances are they are talking about Dallas.
But Dallas earned the right to be the metropolis it is today – beginning as a logistically convenient railroad stop for cotton, steel, and later, oil, it blossomed into one of the country's most powerful job creators. The city is the heart of American industry and home to the headquarters of some of the most powerful names in the energy, finance, tech, communications, retail, food, and beverage industries.
Statistically, visitors to Texas are most likely coming for business purposes – it is the third most popular destination for business travel in the United States. The Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center is the world's largest column-free exhibit hall, booked year-round for trade conventions from all corners of global industry.
All of these factors make Dallas a powerful attraction for arts and entertainment. It is home to largest contiguous arts district in the United States, the largest zoo in Texas, the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, and one of the largest medical facilities in the world. As the saying goes – everything is bigger in Texas.
The climate in Dallas is skewed towards very hot, humid summers and pleasantly mild winters. Located at the southern end of the American Midwest's Tornado Alley, it can also suffer from extreme weather from early spring to mid-summer.