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Destination Dallas!

This year, the ATS 2019 International Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas! As always, the Conference will be filled with groundbreaking research and opportunities to network with colleagues that span from post-session chats to networking at the ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit. For those that may want to add some time onto their trip, however, Dallas offers many exciting ways to get a taste of the American Southwest.

A historic city, Dallas is also easily accessible via direct flights from all over the United States, and the world.  As the ninth largest city in the United States, “The Big D” has several distinct neighborhoods with lots to explore, from the Margarita Mile (did you know the first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas?) to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Dallas is also among the U.S. cities that banned smoking indoors or within 15 feet of buildings, and recently expanded the ban to include public parks in 2016. 

For those who like to follow the action of the Conference with some quieter activities, the Dallas metro area offers a variety of museum options. Keeping to the themes of travel and innovation, there are two devoted to aviation alone, as well as the Museum of the American Railroad, which showcases both the history and future of railroads. Naturally, Dallas is also home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, as well as Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, dedicated to the life of President John F. Kennedy. For those who enjoy art, the Irving Art Center boasts galleries as well as performance art. Dallas Glass Art takes guests through the process of creation, and even offers workshops!

Of course, the attraction in Dallas that we are most excited about in May 2019 is ATS 2019. This year, the conference will mark its 115th year. It is the longest-running, large-scale conference in the world offering groundbreaking research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, serving as a platform throughout the years for researchers to release significant findings and scientific discoveries.

Check out Destination Dallas on the ATS website for more ideas and VisitDallas for a complete list of things to do, including themed guided tours of highpoints and hidden gems based on your interests.