Downtown Dallas is the center of the city’s electrifying urban energy. Stay here for classic Texas steakhouses, late-night live music bars where beats blast out of the doors, and the West End historic district - a shopping, entertainment, and restaurant area with an old-world vibe. If you’re serious about shopping, stay in flashy Uptown, where you can buy anything from hand-crafted cowboy boots to designer clothing. Trendsetters and bohemian artists should stay in Oak Cliff, a chilled-out suburb that sings with vintage clothing stores, ultra-hip cafes, and artisan restaurants. But if you’re traveling with the family, the easy-going green-washed area of East Dallas is ideal.
Dallas’ nearest airport is Dallas/Fort Worth International, an immense transportation hub that serves direct flights from destinations across the globe - like London, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Seoul - as well as dozens of direct domestic flights. For public transport from the airport, take the DART Rail Orange Line train from Terminal A direct to Downtown Dallas. Alternatively, hire a car from an onsite rental service and drive the 22 miles to Dallas along the Highway 114 East - but beware of rush hour traffic. Once there, driving around the city is easiest, due to its sprawling size, but the DART light rail network also hits many of the main tourist areas.
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Shortly after moving to San Francisco in October 2007, roommates and former schoolmates Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia could not afford the rent for their loft apartment. Chesky and Gebbia came up with the idea of putting an air mattress in their living room and turning it into a bed and breakfast. The goal at first was just "to make a few bucks". In February 2008, Nathan Blecharczyk, Chesky's former roommate, joined as the Chief Technology Officer and the third co-founder of the new venture, which they named AirBed & Breakfast. They put together a website which offered short-term living quarters, breakfast, and a unique business networking opportunity for those who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market. The site Airbedandbreakfast.com officially launched on August 11, 2008. The founders had their first customers in town in the summer of 2008, during the Industrial Design Conference held by Industrial Designers Society of America, where travelers had a hard time finding lodging in the city.