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THE BIG D-LIGHTS; Fly to Dallas and take in all it has to offer, including museum dedicated to JR Ewing and the telly soap, JFK tours and, of course, classic Tex-Mex food.

Byline: BRIDGET MCGROUTHER

Oil be damned! Spoiler alert No.1. It's 40 years since TV series Dallas launched. Southfork's reunion party took place last weekend with legendary cast members Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) and Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing) but it could be worth heading to Texas for a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane Seen it all before? The glittering, skyscraper Dallas skyline, with the Renaissance Tower posing as JR's office, will be familiar to many from the opening credits of the TV soap starring the Ewing family. Have a high old time drinking in the best city view from Reunion Tower's observation deck, one of the Big D's most recognised landmarks.

Who shot JR? The Dallas Museum on Southfork Ranch, about 25km from the city, is still a popular tourist draw. The gun that shot JR is one of the museum's many exhibits, while you can mosey into JR's bedroom on a tour of the old set. Would you believe the pool that Sue Ellen fell into drunk is so small that Bobby was filmed while swimming tied to a rope to make it seem larger? on Who shot JFK? Dallas is famous for assassinations - real and fictional. The Sixth Floor Museum is housed at the spot from where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly gunned down President John F Kennedy in 1963. An exhibition explores his life, death and legacy - or you can take a more macabre JFK Limo Ride Tour complete with the sound of gunfire. Presidential sweet The George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum has a replica of the Oval Office, where you can pose for photos, and a moving 9/11 exhibit. The Dallas Cowboys may now be better known as the city's football team but you'll see real ones in Stetsons at the weekly rodeo from April to September. The Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive on Pioneer Plaza is one of the world's largest bronze sculptures with more than 50 steers. Steak out Barbecue and authentic Tex-Mex are the local specialities but as the Big D boasts more restaurants than even New York, you can feast on gastronomy of every flavour here. Family-friendly attractions include the zoo, World Aquarium, Dallas Arboretum and the mega-coasters of Six Flags Over Texas. Fair Park also hosts attractions for all ages such as museums, gardens and amusement venues.

From "A" to Big D Fly from Scottish airports to Dallas Fort Worth with British Airways via London Heathrow; from Glasgow with American Airlines via Philadelphia; or from Edinburgh with United Airlines via Washington Dulles, New York Newark or Chicago. Find out more at visitdallas.com or traveltexas.com PS Spoiler Alert No 2: In case you can't remember, Kristin shot JR!

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