I'm looking for personal recommendations or books/websites that suggest activities for day trips in the cities to which one can fly from Dallas Love Field, taking the Wright Amendment
into account. (Basically, there is a limited list of cities where one can fly non-stop from Dallas Love Field Airport). City details inside.
posted by CathyG to travel & transportation (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've recently started working at a job where I can fly for free and I have every other Friday off. I'd like to take advantage of this, and one of the ways I thought of keeping it cheap is by taking day trips - no hotel charges, preferably public transportation (but rental car would be ok if needed), a short flight out in the morning and then come back on the late flight the same day. I might have a friend travel with me, but I will most likely travel alone.
Someone recently told me that St. Louis is a good city for this - she said there is a train from the airport which takes you right to the area with museums, which is right near the Arch. That got me thinking about the other cities that are easy for me to get to, so I thought I would ask the Hive:
Given the following list of cities, what do you recommend to do/see/eat which are easy to get to/from the airport? Especially if there are a few things in the same area that I could do in a single day.
In TX: Amarillo, Lubbock, El Paso, Midland/Odessa, Austin, Houston (Hobby), San Antonio (I live in Dallas).
Outside TX: Wichita, Kansas City, St Loius, Branson, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Albuquerque, Omaha, Birmingham, New Orleans, Little Rock.
Assume I know about the most famous thing in each city: The French Quarter, the Alamo, Bricktown, etc, but I don't know if there is an easy way to get there from the airport. Assume I can google for each city, so I'm looking more for personal experience or website recommendations. Assume there is an early flight in and a late flight out; I'll take care of the actual flight schedules. I'm just looking for itineraries.
Things I like: museums, unique natural features/landscapes/parks, interesting architecture, famous sites from TV/movies/history, mild outdoor activities: say an hour walk/hike, a mild bike ride, a Segway tour, but nothing extreme. I also like weird stuff, like the biggest ball of string or a collection of gems from various parts of the world. I like the things that you can see/do in that city that you can't see/do anyplace else (or not very many places).
Food I like: burgers, barbecue, sandwiches, home cooking, Italian, Mexican, Chinese (the Americanized style), casual.
Food I don't like: hot peppers, seafood, Indian, Asian that feels too far out of my comfort zone, really formal/expensive restaurants.
I'll have other times where I want to go for a whole weekend or longer, and other times when I'm willing to take 2 flights or wait for the Wright Amendment to expire; Right now, I'm just asking about day trips I can get to on one flight.