Quia Querisma

Correspondent

  • Dallas, Texas, USA

Quia Querisma is a correspondent who lives in Dallas and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Querisma sharpened her destination expertise while writing for Where Dallas and the Dallas Guestbook. Though she’s traveled to a number of major cities across the U.S. and parts of Mexico, Querisma got her first passport stamp in Great Britain. The trip inspired her to crisscross the globe collecting visas and chronicling each adventure. Since then, her travel features have been published by the Huffington Post, TravelSmartBlog.com and BlackAmericaWeb.com.

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    What are the best day trips near Dallas?

    A nice aspect of Dallas is that if you drive an hour or so outside of city limits, it feels as if you’re in a completely different place. The Lone Star State is full of rolling green space—farm land, nature preserves and parks. Possum Kingdom State Park is three hours west of Downtown. The rustic oasis is open year-round, seven days a week. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, camping and picnics, along with a host of water activities and fishing on Possum Kingdom Lake.

    For the folks who want to do some shopping and enjoy a bit of country charm, head to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Just an hour east of Downtown, this historic flea market dates back to the 1850s when townspeople came to the square to conduct business, sell and trade their wares, and watch court proceedings. As the years passed the market outgrew the square and was no longer relegated to only the first Monday of the month. The event still maintains its historic name but the flea market is open Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of the month. It’s open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market is accessible by a whopping four exits on I-20 and is filled with handmade wares, crafts, gifts, furniture, food and more.
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    Should visitors rent a car in Dallas?

    Navigating the city of Dallas without a car is not for the faint of heart but it can be done – in certain areas. Generally speaking, yes, you should absolutely rent a car when visiting. Dallas is an expansive city with far-flung neighborhoods connected by a constantly growing network of highways and toll roads.

    The areas that are most easily navigated without a car are Downtown, the West Village, and parts of Uptown. These neighborhoods are pedestrian-friendly with places for living, working, and playing all within close proximity. However, don’t let the flat landscape fool you. Many times destinations are a lot farther away than they look to the naked eye.The Arts District is connected to Uptown and the West Village by the McKinney Avenue trolley which is free to ride. Also, the DART light rail tends to stop closer to areas of interest in these three neighborhoods and won’t leave you in store for a long hike. 

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    What is nightlife like in Dallas?

    Nightlife in Dallas is largely dependent on who’s throwing the party. Night clubs come and go quickly here, however Candleroom on Knox/Henderson has managed to stand the test of time. As of this writing, The Dram is a popular haunt as well. Locals know that it pays to check out F!D Luxe, D Magazine and Paper City -- the city’s social leaders -- to find out who’s throwing the next big bash. Events including celebrity-hosted fashion shows, Veuve Clicquot’s seasonal celebrations, and the Cattle Baron’s Ball are the highlights of nightlife beyond Dallas’ vast bar scene. Younger crowds frequent the ultra-lounges in Downtown while more sophisticated tastes head to Sambuca, Glass Cactus and Blue Martini. By and large, nightlife in Dallas revolves around late-night restaurants and bars featuring deejays and/or live music.
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    What is the weather like right now in Dallas?

    Spring in Dallas is a wonderful time to visit. Frosty temperatures are a thing of the past (it doesn’t often snow in Dallas, but temperatures can dip below freezing), and the searing intensity of the summer hasn’t yet started. With the seasonal climate ranging between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s prime time to take advantage of outdoor activities including a number of festivals, fun runs and marathons, the Dallas Zoo and the Arboretum. Also, patio dining is at is absolute best in the spring. Temperatures are cooler in the morning, peak around 5 p.m., and are often mild into the evening.

    The only caveat is that spring is tornado season, so severe weather can be followed by a streak of beautiful, sunny days – and vice versa. The saying goes: If you don’t like the weather in Dallas, wait five minutes.