If you’re lucky enough to score tickets to one of the biggest rivalries in college football on October 8th, you need to find somewhere to stay before and after the game! Regardless of whether you’re an Oklahoma fan or a Texas fan, you can’t sleep overnight at the Cotton Bowl so you’ll have to pick out a cool nearby neighborhood. Here are Tripping.com’s top places to stay in Dallas for the Red River Showdown.

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Stay In These Dallas Neighborhoods For The Red River Showdown

1. East Dallas

The Cotton Bowl is located within East Dallas, so this is the ideal location if you want to be as close as possible to the stadium. East Dallas is also known for its’ nightlife, especially within the district of Deep Ellum. For karaoke and darts, try going to Dallasite. Other popular dive bars include The Elbow Room and The Goat Ranch.

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2. Downtown Dallas

Stay downtown if you want to be surrounded by culture, restaurants, and shopping. Both the Art District and the West End Historic District are downtown. There are plenty of attractions to see and explore before and after the big game. Go to the top of Reunion Tower for views of the whole city or spend a few hours at the Dallas World Aquarium, where you can walk through a South American rainforest.

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3. Park Cities

Park Cities is a more upscale neighborhood of Dallas. The neighborhood is north of downtown and includes University Park and Highland Park. Park Cities is a great place for shopping, since it includes NorthPark Center and Highland Park Village.

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4. M Streets

M Streets is a popular, quaint residential neighborhood not too far from downtown Dallas. Greenville Avenue is a popular area since it has a variety of restaurants and shops.

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5. Lower Greenville

Lower Greenville borders the M Streets. This area includes several neat outdoor areas, including the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as well as White Rock Lake Park. Lower Greenville is regarded as a trendy area and includes local shops, bars, and live music. If you have time, try to see a show at the famous Granada Theater.

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6. Uptown

Uptown has a variety of townhouses and apartments to rent while you’re in town for the Red River Showdown. The main street in Uptown is called McKinney Avenue and it is the place to go for bars and restaurants. You probably won’t need to rent a car if you are staying in Uptown, since the area is fairly walkable.

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7. Richardson

Richardson is a large suburb that is just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Visit the Four Bullets Brewery or see a show at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. If you love antique cars, make sure to check out the North Texas Automotive Museum. Richardson also has a popular golf course called Sherrill Park Golf Course.

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8. Lake Highlands

If you stay in Lake Highlands for the game, you will only be a 20-minute drive from the stadium. Unlike other neighborhoods in Dallas, Lake Highlands has more hills and trees rather than just flat land. Lake Highlands also connects to the White Rock Creek trails, which are great for running or biking on.

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This article was written by Colleen Regan.