24 Places to Travel in 2024

by Sara Aguinaga on April 9, 2024 in Travels,

Seasoned travelers at Texas Lifestyle Magazine have carefully selected 24 must-visit destinations for 2024. From serene beach getaways to meaningful cultural experiences, each option offers luxury, adventure and discovery. Whether you’re yearning for a coastal retreat or eager to explore the great outdoors, let our curated list guide you to a year filled with inspiration and exploration.


International Destinations

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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The Velas brand, a 100% Mexican-owned company, boasts seven resorts, including Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta. Forbes Four-Stars-rated, this intimate resort offers a lush atmosphere with live music, a botanical garden and wellness-focused programming. The adults-only, all-inclusive property features guided meditations, mixology classes, and cultural performances, eliminating the need to leave the premises. A free shuttle takes guests to Velas Vallarta, a family-style beach resort with shared amenities. Guests can enjoy outdoor breakfast at Emiliano, with highlights like fresh juice and sweet bread. Lunch by the pool is recommended, and dinner can include a walking taco tour with Vallarta Food Tours. Puerto Vallarta is easily accessible from Texas, offering a convenient getaway for a rejuvenating long weekend by the beach or pool with live music.

Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

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Explore the hidden treasures of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, where the ancient mysteries of the Mayan civilization intertwine with stunning natural landscapes. Set against bustling cities like Merida, the region reveals its secrets through sites like Ek Balam, a lesser-known Mayan archaeological wonder boasting intricately adorned pyramids. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Ek Balam Cenote Xcanche, an idyllic oasis nestled amidst lush greenery, offering respite from sun-drenched adventures. Delve into the rich history of Hacienda Mucuyche, where the remnants of the henequen industry intertwine with underground caverns adorned with stalagmites and stalactites, painting a vivid picture of the region’s past.

Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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Nestled along the serene coast of Mexico lies Loreto, a hidden gem brimming with charm, culture, and history. Easily accessible from Texas via exclusive flights, Loreto welcomes travelers with its breathtaking sunrises and warm hospitality. Hotel Oasis, with its sandy beach and vibrant sunsets, offers a tranquil retreat complemented by unique amenities like a friendly rooster named “V.” Adventure awaits with whale watching tours such as Wild Loreto, where lucky visitors may spot majestic gray and blue whales. Dining experiences are a delight, from savoring authentic Mexican cuisine to indulging in fresh seafood delicacies. Raiz, Creative Cuisine, and Bar serves one of the city’s finest brunches, featuring delightful fresh fruit parfait and Chilaquiles. The restaurant boasts a charming atmosphere, allowing you to book a table outside, offering views of the town square and the distant sounds of church bells. History buffs can explore the Mission de San Javier, a historic mountain Catholic church. At the same time, beach enthusiasts can unwind at Isla Coronado Beach, surrounded by soft sands and picturesque landscapes. Loreto promises a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and history, making it an idyllic destination to disconnect and embrace Mexico’s laid-back vibes.

Sandos All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

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Delve into the diverse offerings of Sandos’ three all-inclusive resorts in the Riviera Maya. Sandos Cancun boasts stunning ocean views, a vibrant party atmosphere, and options for adults and families. Meanwhile, Sandos Playacar caters to families with its extensive activities, including water slides and beachside fun, while offering exclusive adult-only amenities. For nature enthusiasts, Sandos Caracol Eco Resort provides immersive jungle experiences, wildlife encounters, and eco-adventures. Enjoy reciprocal access between Playacar and Caracol and opportunities to support local communities through philanthropic initiatives like the Santos Foundation.

Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf in St. Barth

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Embark on an enchanting escape at Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, an exquisite jewel in the French West Indies. This enchanting hotel boasts 16 villas with captivating harbor views, private plunge pools, and meticulous attention to detail. Notable features like a personalized pillow menu, high-tech toilets, and the exclusive Villa Diane with a private chef elevate the guest experience. Additionally, the five-star retreat is near Gustavia’s bustling city center. Simplify your vacation with delightful dining options – enjoy breakfast with a view or savor lunch at the Shellona, a private restaurant on Shell Beach. The hotel’s joie de vivre captures the allure of French summers, offering a harmonious blend of relaxation and sophistication on this idyllic fantasy island.

Victoria, British Columbia

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Escape to Victoria, British Columbia, for a rejuvenating getaway filled with whale-watching adventures, wellness experiences and temperate climates. Known for its mild weather, lush landscapes, and Pacific Ocean vistas, Victoria offers a tranquil retreat from bustling city life, making it an ideal destination for Texans seeking respite. Luxurious boutique hotels like the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Magnolia Hotel & Spa provide unparalleled sea views and city conveniences, ensuring a refreshing stay. Explore the city’s abundant gardens, including the renowned Butchart Gardens and the charming Abkhazi Garden, where floral beauty and culinary delights converge. Indulge in Victoria’s vibrant culinary scene with farm-to-table eateries, elegant dining establishments, and enticing food tours showcasing the region’s diverse cuisine. For wellness seekers, Victoria offers new experiences like HAVN Saunas and the Boathouse Spa, where harbor views and hydrotherapy treatments promote relaxation and rejuvenation. Take advantage of the opportunity to embark on a thrilling whale-watching excursion with Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours, promising unforgettable encounters with marine life in the Salish Sea. Whether unwinding in natural hot springs, savoring local delicacies, or marveling at majestic whales, Victoria promises a memorable escape for travelers seeking tranquility and adventure.

Canton of Vaud in Switzerland

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Embark on an enchanting journey through the Swiss Canton of Vaud, commencing with a visit to the picturesque village of Founex, nestled along Lake Geneva’s shores, where golden wheat fields, apple orchards, and rolling vineyards stretch endlessly, providing a serene backdrop. Explore Coppet’s historic Château de Coppet, once the residence of Madame de Staël, and stroll along its charming port area, offering breathtaking views of Lake Geneva. Continue to Nyon, steeped in Roman history, where you can climb to Nyon Castle for panoramic vistas, explore Roman ruins, and immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant cultural scene. Conclude your Swiss escapade with a day trip to Yvoire, a medieval village adorned with flower-lined streets, ancient cobblestone lanes, and the majestic Yvoire Castle overlooking Lake Geneva. Wander through the Jardin des Cinq Sens, a remarkable garden, and soak in the town’s old-world charm, completing a journey filled with history, culture, and scenic splendor.

Sky Lagoon in Iceland

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Tucked just south of Reykjavik, Sky Lagoon offers a rejuvenating escape from the cold winds and into a world of serenity. As a lesser-known geothermal hot spring compared to the touristy Blue Lagoon, Sky Lagoon’s grace begins at its serene front desk, setting the tone for an unmatched experience. Its seven-step ritual, drawing from ancient Icelandic bathing traditions, sets Sky Lagoon apart. From the soothing warmth of the lagoon to the exhilarating cold plunge, each step promises a sensory journey like no other. Followed by a sauna overlooking the ocean, a refreshing mist, and a revitalizing body scrub, the ritual culminates in a shower and returns to the lagoon for ultimate relaxation. Soak in the stunning views and soft skin, leaving behind the day’s stresses and embracing the tranquility of Iceland’s natural wonders at Sky Lagoon.

U.S. Destinations

Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii

Photo Robb Aaron Gordon; Courtesy Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort.

Nestled in the heart of Lanai, Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort, welcomes you to a captivating blend of luxury and tranquility, creating an unrivaled escape in this serene paradise. The former hunting lodge, transformed in 2019, resembles a billionaire’s estate with vibrant botanical gardens, water features, and sculptures.The Rest and Recovery program includes one-on-one sessions, fitness classes, and leisure time amidst the stunning gardens and onsen tubs. Sensei’s unique features include an outdoor pool, fire pits, and individual hale huts for spa treatments. Guests can enjoy the onsite restaurant of Nobu with no reservations needed for breakfast and lunch, while dinner reservations are recommended. Sensei allows cocktails, beers, and wines throughout the day unlike other wellness resorts. The resort offers a diverse range of experiences, from guided hikes to visits to a cat sanctuary. Although the price tag is high, Sensei Lanai is an unforgettable experience, providing preventative medicine for the body, mind, and spirit.


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Alaska offers a wealth of family-friendly adventures, from exploring the natural wonders of Seward to cruising the scenic Alaskan coastline aboard the Discovery Princess. Visitors can cuddle puppies and experience dog mushing at the Seavey family’s Iditarod Racing Team facility, explore marine life at the Seward SeaLife Center and enjoy playgrounds overlooking Resurrection Bay. Nature lovers can venture to Lowell Point State Recreation Site for beachcombing and hiking along the Tonsina Trail. At the same time, a drive to Exit Glacier Road provides views of Exit Glacier and opportunities for family-friendly hikes. The bustling Seward Boat Harbor offers a glimpse into local fishing culture, and a wildlife cruise in Resurrection Bay promises encounters with marine wildlife. For a memorable stop en route from Anchorage, families can visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see various native animals up close. Cruise through the Inner Passage to explore Alaska’s coastal towns, such as Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, offering unique excursions and experiences. Conclude your journey with a stop in Victoria, British Columbia, before returning to the ship to indulge in specialty dinners at 360 and relax at The Enclave spa. With plenty of onboard activities and amenities, including live entertainment, fitness classes, and spa treatments, cruising with Princess Cruises promises adventure and relaxation for the whole family.

Detroit, Michigan

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Detroit, fondly known as ‘Motor City,’ has captivated hearts with its resilient spirit and vibrant culture. Despite unfair stereotypes, this city is experiencing a remarkable resurgence, embracing its rich history and dynamic culinary scene. The newly opened Cambria Hotel, in the heart of Detroit, offers modern comfort and convenience, making it an ideal base for exploring the city’s attractions. From savoring the famous Detroit-style pizza at Buddy’s Pizza to enjoying live jazz performances at Cliff Bell’s, Detroit offers a feast for the senses. Dive into the city’s automotive legacy with the Antique Touring Company, where vintage Ford Model A convertibles transport you through Detroit’s storied past. Experience culinary delights at Baobab Fare, a tribute to traditional Burundian cuisine, and immerse yourself in the iconic Motown sound at the Motown Museum. Conclude your journey with a culinary extravaganza at Selden Standard and the grandeur of the Detroit Concours d’Elegance, celebrating classic cars and Detroit’s enduring legacy. Detroit invites you to participate in its remarkable journey of resilience and reinvention, promising an unforgettable exploration of old-world charm and modern vitality.

Healdsburg, California

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Discover Healdsburg, California, once a small farming community transformed into a refined town with a Spanish flair. A haven for travelers seeking respite from the tech-driven world, Healdsburg offers excellent wine, upscale shopping and delectable dining. Stay at The Cottages, specifically the Clementine cottage, a modern retreat blocks away from the town square. Enjoy the cozy layout, an overstuffed king-size bed, and a private patio with access to an outdoor pool. Indulge in a relaxing experience with local wine on the porch or deck. Visit the charming Little Saint, which features a wine shop, bakery and restaurant, offering a diverse menu and a cozy atmosphere. For a laid-back picnic, visit the French bakery Costeaux for sandwiches, salads and wines. Experience the tranquil Wilson Winery with over 30 zinfandels, and unwind at the Spa Hotel Healdsburg for a rejuvenating massage and soak. When seeking a mindful retreat, Healdsburg beckons with its serene countryside, inviting you to unwind, savor and rejuvenate.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines, perched atop the majestic cliffs of La Jolla, offers a luxurious retreat from the Texas heat. Surrounded by stunning sea cliffs and the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, guests can immerse themselves in nature with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of scenic hiking trails. The lodge boasts elegant rooms with modern amenities, two renowned restaurants showcasing farm-to-table cuisine and access to the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course. Wellness seekers can enjoy spa treatments and relaxation at the infinity pool. With endless activities and enchanting surroundings, the Lodge at Torrey Pines promises an unforgettable coastal escape.

Santa Barbara, California

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Embark on a Californian journey with a direct flight from Dallas, landing at the charming Santa Barbara Airport. The city’s iconic Spanish colonial architecture, with red roofs and white exteriors, sets the scene for an extraordinary experience. Explore coastal Santa Barbara at Hotel Californian, a posh retreat in the vibrant Funk Zone, conveniently located a block from the beach. Indulge in the culinary scene at Rare Society, a Vegas-esque steakhouse, or relish the alfresco experience at Loquita, a Spanish tapas haven. Discover the city’s rich wine culture at The Society: State & Mason, a hip wine bar featuring California tastings. For those wishing to experience fresh air and adventure, check out bikes from Hotel Californian to ride along the Cabrillo Bike Path and explore beaches and the butterfly garden. If you’re craving pizza, savor the authenticity of L’antica Pizzeria da Michele on State Street. Santa Barbara invites you to a coastal retreat that blends old-world charm with a modern California vibe.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Step into the mesmerizing allure of New Orleans, where the AC Hotel New Orleans French Quarter offers history, exposed brick walls, and pet-friendly accommodations. Immerse yourself in panoramic views at Vue New Orleans as you discover a different side of the city through educational exhibits and bask in the romantic, jazzy ambiance of the French Quarter. Enjoy live music at the Mahogany Jazz Hall as you leisurely sip on absinthe and reconnect with friends. Unearth the city’s haunted tales on a Ghosts & Vampires Walking Tour, or dive into the eerie history with a Cemetery Tour at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. If you’re hungry, stop and savor carnivorous delights at Cochon Butcher. Whether exploring haunted streets, enjoying vibrant jazz or savoring exquisite cuisine, New Orleans invites you to a sensory adventure.

Moab, Utah

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Moab, situated amidst the breathtaking landscapes of southeast Utah, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure in the high desert. With easy access to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, visitors can immerse themselves in the otherworldly beauty of red rock formations and natural arches. The GuideAlong app enhances exploration with GPS-enabled audio tours, guiding travelers to must-see spots and providing fascinating insights into the region’s geological wonders. Dead Horse Point State Park offers unparalleled vistas of the Colorado River from its lofty vantage point, making it a favorite among visitors. For those craving adrenaline-fueled thrills, navigating the slick rock trails on UTV adventures is a must-do experience. Experienced guides or rentals from outfitters like High Point Hummer ensure safe and exhilarating excursions over rugged terrain. Furthermore, the Colorado River provides opportunities for scenic rafting trips, where adventurers can float past abandoned movie sets and marvel at the stunning red rock canyons. Whether exploring the iconic parks, traversing slick rock formations, or navigating the river’s rapids, Moab promises unforgettable outdoor experiences for all who venture into its mesmerizing landscapes.

Texas Destinations

Photo courtesy San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter on the Riverwalk

San Antonio

San Antonio, a cultural gem in the heart of Texas, invites visitors to explore its vibrant Riverwalk, iconic landmarks and rich culinary scene. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of Texas Hill Country, boasting over 1,000 rooms amidst 600 acres of rolling hills and pristine golf courses. Guests can indulge in various amenities and activities, including the River Bluff Water Experience, featuring sandy beaches, water slides, and a lazy river. For relaxation, the Lantana Spa offers rejuvenating treatments and access to a sauna and steam room. We visited the resort last Spring and last Winter, and loved that they offer fun family activities anytime of year!

At The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, guests can experience a sweet summer escape along the famed San Antonio Riverwalk. The hotel offers elegant accommodations, modern amenities, dog-friendly options, and Italian-inspired dining at Zocca Cuisine D’Italia. Guests can stay active with fitness activities, bike rentals, and nearby attractions like The Alamo and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The newly renovated San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter provides a central location with stunning city views, spacious suites and farm-to-table dining at Tributary. Nearby, guests can explore over 100 walkable restaurants and bars, including Smoke Texas Riverwalk for authentic barbecue and The Jardin for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine before embarking on a garden adventure at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.


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Discover the charm of Boerne, a hidden gem just 30 minutes from San Antonio, offering a delightful blend of history, luxury, and culinary delights. Stay in luxury at The Kendall, where historic elegance meets modern comfort, providing an unforgettable stay. Enjoy an elevated Southern cuisine at onsite restaurant Peggy’s on the Green, where every bite is a culinary masterpiece. Dive into a creative experience at J.Forks Design boutique, where you can design your own custom Western-style hat, adding a unique touch to your adventure. The Dienger Trading Co., a short stroll from The Kendall, is a beloved spot for brunch, freshly baked pastries, and coffee. Check out their boutique, which features curated items like women’s clothing, accessories, home goods, cosmetics, and more. Savor the authentic flavors of Texas at Boerne Taco House or satisfy your sweet tooth at Bear Moon Bakery Cafe. Complete your day with a visit to Free Roam Brewing Company, where you can unwind with locally crafted brews in a vibrant atmosphere. Boerne awaits, promising an enchanting escape filled with luxury, flavor, and endless exploration.

Camp Fimfo Hill Country

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Nestled about an hour hour from Austin and under an hour from San Antonio, Camp Fimfo beckons as a unique blend of dude ranch, summer camp and resort along the Guadalupe River. Beyond its large gates, this rustic wonderland spans acres, offering diverse accommodations from RV sites to tiny homes on stilts or charming A-framed yurts by the river (book early for these). Golf carts are a must for exploring the expansive property. The cabins boast a personal hot tub on a covered patio, encouraging outdoor enjoyment. Tips include bringing paper goods, bath products and wine glasses. What sets Fimfo apart is its unique park amenities, featuring the thrilling hillside coaster, The Cliff Carver, and the refreshing No Dive Bar pool. There is no need to bring all the groceries from home because there is an onsite restaurant called The Filling Station. A water park, a general store, miniature golf, gem mining, sports courts and a playground complete the experience. For family vacations, reunions, or special gatherings, Camp Fimfo ensures that fun is genuinely more enjoyable outdoors.

Firefly Resort

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Discover Firefly Resort, a unique blend of luxury RV and tiny home retreat near Luckenbach, Texas. With 234 RV sites and vibrant tiny homes, this haven in the Texas Hill Country offers relaxation and entertainment. Not too far from some of the finest wineries, such as Pedernales Cellars, and conveniently near Highway 290, the “Wine Road of Texas,” Firefly is perched in a perfect location to enjoy the surrounding area. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a resort-style pool on weekends. Each tiny home has its own unique character, featuring diverse styles and outdoor amenities. If you don’t want to leave your pup at home, don’t worry – pets are welcome. The resort is part of the Dark Skies Initiative for stunning night skies. Don’t miss the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse – Firefly is in the prime viewing location. With concierge services, Resort Rangers, and top-notch amenities, Firefly Resort promises an unforgettable escape.

The Yurtopian

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The Yurtopian in Wimberley offers a luxurious glamping experience amidst the picturesque hills of Texas’s Hill Country. Founded in 2019 by Ann-Tyler & Brian Konradi, this retreat honors Mongolian traditions with unique yurts, including the remote Greta Ger with outdoor amenities like a kitchen and hot tub. Its nine yurts, three with Blanco River access, provide privacy and comfort, while a spa offers relaxation. Nearby dining, wineries, and outdoor activities ensure plenty to explore, with suggested itineraries highlighting local gems like Creekhouse Kitchen & Bar and Mima’s Kitchen for an unforgettable getaway in the heart of nature. With its proximity to hiking trails, water activities and charming local spots, The Yurtopian promises an idyllic escape for nature lovers and luxury seekers alike.

Cypress Valley

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Discover serenity amidst the lush landscapes of Cypress Valley‘s glamping retreat in Spicewood, Texas, where luxury meets nature. Each thoughtfully crafted tent immerses you in the essence of the Texas Hill Country, with rustic-chic interiors adorned with cozy furnishings and earthy tones. Step onto your private patio to behold the kaleidoscope of wildflowers blooming in the valley, or stroll along nature-inspired trails that wind through the verdant surroundings. Delight in the refreshing embrace of the communal pool nestled beneath the canopy of cypress trees, where you can unwind to the gentle melody of wind chimes and rustling leaves. And when it’s time to freshen up, indulge in the spa-like amenities of the chic communal bathrooms, where sensor-driven lighting and premium toiletries ensure a luxurious experience. Escape the stresses of modern life and embrace the tranquility of Cypress Valley, where every moment invites you to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature’s embrace.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio offers a blend of rustic charm and modern amenities, perfect for families and couples alike. The resort sits on 300 acres of a historic ranch and provides a range of activities from wildlife feeding to organized events like campfire talks and noodle hockey. Recently renovated guest rooms offer a cozy retreat, while the resort’s 5-acre water park and Windflower Spa provide ample relaxation options. Guests can unwind with spa treatments or enjoy the lazy river and pools surrounded by live oaks. Fall is an ideal time to visit, with uncrowded grounds and year-round pool access.

Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

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Discover unparalleled luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, a recently renovated 5-star hotel in Uptown Dallas. You’re greeted with exceptional service and hospitality from entering the lobby, expertly decorated with fresh flower arrangements. Indulge in a sampler margarita at check-in and savor fine dining at Fearing’s, led by celebrity chef Dean Fearing. Club Suites offer spacious accommodations with access to the Club Lounge for complimentary meals and treats. Relax by the rooftop pool, enjoy a spa treatment, or explore nearby attractions with the hotel’s complimentary car service. Take advantage of the immersive art experience at Meow Wolf Grapevine, just a short drive away.You can opt for a ride on the complimentary M-Line Trolley to discover Downtown Dallas. Board the trolley at the maroon stop in front of the hotel and journey to attractions like the Dallas World Aquarium and the Giant Eyeball. The M-Line Trolley runs every day, year-round. Plan your luxurious getaway at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, for an unforgettable experience in the heart of Dallas.


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Sara Aguinaga’s passions include reading, creating art, and traveling. She enjoys exploring the culinary diversity across the expansive Lone Star State. As a licensed massage therapist, she strives to bring peace to the lives of others.