Visitor Information

Things you need to know; how to get around

DALLAS AND FORT WORTH MEDIA

Daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; for last-minute movie and event listings, both publish weekend guides every Friday.

The Star-Telegram publishes separate editions for Arlington and Northeast Tarrant County that are available on newsstands in those areas.

The Arlington Morning News publishes Wednesday through Sunday and is available bundled with The Dallas Morning News, or separately, at Arlington newsstands.

Alternative weeklies: The Met, the Dallas Observer. and Fort Worth Weekly can be found free at restaurants, clubs, hotels, and retail establishments throughout the area.

DALLAS AND FORT WORTH-AREA RADIO STATIONS

KLIF 570 AM: Talk, news

KTCK 1310 AM: Sports

KAHZ 1360 AM: Children’s Programming

KERA 90.1 FM: National Public Radio

KLTY 94 FM: Contemporary Christian

KEDG 94.5 FM: Alternative

KSSN 94.9 FM: All-News/CNN

KRRW 97.9 FM: Oldies, Classic Rock

KLUV 98.7 FM: Oldies

KJZY 99.1 FM: Jazz

KPLX 99.5 FM: Country

WRR 101.1 FM: Classical

KVIL 103.7: Adult Contemporary

KYNG 105.3 FM: Country

KHKS 106.1 FM: Top 40

TRANSPORTATION

Dallas is best seen by car, but you can get by without one if you are staying downtown or at one of the large hotels. Taxis and private shuttles are available to and from D/FW International Airport and Love Field. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses also run between downtown and Love Field.

For the most part, other DART routes go to and from downtown and around downtown; fare is $1 for local service, $2 for premium service: call 979-1111 for information.

Bus service in Fort Worth is operated by The T. Buses around downtown are free, and the fare on other routes around the city is 80 cents. Call 871-6200 for schedules and information.

If you are driving, construction on U.S. Highway 75 (North Central Expressway) is ongoing, seemingly forever, south of Royal Lane. For lane closing and construction information on that road and others in the area, call 374-4100.



CAR RENTAL COMPANIES:

ADVANTAGE…1-800-777-5500

ALAMO…1-800-327-9633

ALL STATE (Dallas only)…741-3118

AVIS…1-800-331-1212

BUDGET…1-800-527-0700

DOLLAR…1-800-800-4000

ENTERPRISE…1-800-325-8007

HERTZ… 1-800-654-3131

THRIFTY… 1-800-367-2277

GRAY LINE TOURS… 630-1000

Dallas tours available seven days a week; pick-up times vary by hotel, starting at 8 a.m. Dallas city tours are in the morning; JFK-Historic District tours are in the afternoon. Southfork Ranch tours are offered Tuesday. Thursday, and Saturday afternoons. Gray Line offers no Fort Worth tours.

AIRPORTS

D/FW International Airport is located on State Highway 183 about 25 minutes from the downtown area of either Dallas or Fort Worth. Taxi service is available on the upper level at all terminals; all other forms of ground transportation, including hotel shuttles, depart from the lower level. Terminal-to-terminal transfer is available via bus and tram from the lower level. Parking can be found at terminal garages, in the infield garage, and in remote lots. For information on parking availability and prices, call 214-574-7275.

Call the D/FW Travelers’ Assistance office at 214-574-4420 for help with travel problems, including emergencies and military travel. This office also rents baby car seats to travelers and can handle social service problems such as runaways and battered women.

Love Field, located in central Dallas on Mockingbird Lane at Cedar Springs, is served by Southwest Airlines, which flies from Dallas to cities in states adjacent to Texas. For information on Love Field, call 214-670-6703.

Major airlines serving Dallas and Fort Worth: American Airlines. 267-1151; Continental Airlines, 268-2300; Delta Air Lines, 630-3200; Southwest Airlines. (metro) 214-263-1717; and TWA. 741-6741.



PHONE SERVICE

Dallas and Fort Worth are served by two area codes. 214 and 817. Many area businesses have “metro” numbers that can be accessed by either area code without a long distance charge. However, you still have to dial the area code (but not 1) when calling a metro number. We can’t wait for our third area code, 972, which the state Public Utilities Commission is currently deciding exactly how to impose on us.



MAY WEATHER

Average rainfall in inches ….4.63

Average days with rainfall …11

Average high temperature… 83 F

Average low temperature… 63 F



LOCAL CUSTOMS

You may be able to hail a cab by standing on the side of the street and raising your arm, but don’t expect it in Dallas or Fort Worth. Calling a cab company by phone is usually the best way to get a cab here. And some very confusing liquor laws govern this area, making it difficult even for residents to know where to buy what. In wet areas, beer and wine can be found at supermarkets and also at liquor stores; liquor is only sold at liquor stores. The rule of thumb: When in doubt, just ask.

Concierge Tip of the Month

Eddie VanDerdys, a concierge at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel, touts three don’t-miss activities: having a picnic at White Rock Lake, spending Friday night at the Mesquite Rodeo, and enjoying the nightlife in Deep Ellum and on Lowe Greenville. If you’re visiting with children, Eddie recommends taking them to Virtual World off Centrai Expressway and Park Lane, or the basement-level video arcade in downtown’s West End Marketplace.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau,

1201 Elm St.. Suite 2000, 214-746-6677; 24-hour events hotline. 214-746-6679. Other locations: 1303 Commerce: NorthPark Center. Northwest Highway and Central Expressway; West End Marketplace. 603 Munger Home Page-http://cityview.com/dallas/

Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau,

415 Throckmorton. 1-817-336-8791 or 1-800- 433-5747; events hotline. 1^817-332-2000. Other locations: Stockyards Visitor Information, 130 E. Exchange; Cultural District, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery

Home Page-http://cityview.com/fortworth/>

Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

1250 E. Copeland Rd., Suite 650, 1-817-265- 7721; 1-800-133-3574. Other location: 921 Six Rags Dr.

Home Page-http://www.dfw>. net :80/~acvb/

Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 1201 Elm St.. Suite 2000, 214-746-6600

North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 10707 Preston Rd., 214-368-6485

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, 777 Taylor St.. Suite 900. 817-336-8791

D/FW Airport Visitor Information, 574-3694

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