Itineraries

Itineraries

In the area for a day, a weekend, or a week? Let us show you around.

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THE SHOPPER

You will find first-rate retail that’s part of the local pulse all along the DART System — including urban neighborhoods and revitalized town squares. Spend a weekend exploring, pack them into a single day, or just pick one or two and while away an afternoon.

 

Start off your DARTable excursion by catching the Dallas Streetcar from Union Station in downtown Dallas to the Bishop Arts District. Fortify yourself for a day of shopping with breakfast at Oddfellows, a neighborhood mainstay with a welcoming vibe and great espresso drinks. Check out the local talent at Artisan’s Collective, and dig through the vintage finds at Maria’s Closet or the “cowboy casual” threads at Indigo 1745. For unique gifts, funny greeting cards and such, you’ve got several options – Bishop Street Market, All Good Things, and We Are 1976, for starters. There’s lots more to discover; Bishop Arts is a neighborhood that’s made to explore.

 

Take the Dallas Streetcar back downtown, and catch the Red Line northbound from Union Station. Stop off at Mockingbird Station, also a major shopping destination, and find standards like The Gap, indie boutiques like Accents and even a Loft Outlet store.

 

Or continue on to Park Lane Station, which gives you a couple of options. Just up the street, The Shops at Park Lane is a live-work-play destination with a lineup of shops that includes Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdales The Outlet and Saks Off Fifth. Or hop the NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702), which will whisk you straight to the iconic mall that’s unlike any other. Not only will you find everything from Neiman Marcus to North Face to an Apple Store; the mall itself has a classic, modern design and artwork curated by none other than Ray Nasher. It’s a great place to grab lunch, too, whether you’re in the mood for burgers, Latin cuisine or sushi.

 

You still have more shopping ahead at Downtown Plano Station, which abuts a neighborhood full of boutiques and small shops, as well as restaurants and bars. Browse boutique clothing at Lyla’s, check out the healthy bath and beauty product at Sweet Home & Body, or try on the jewelry at La Foofaraw and Magaly Designs. Afterwards, grab some Mexican food or chill out over a margarita at Urban Rio.

 

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The Daytripper

When you just have one day to explore the city, it’s important to get it right.

Start off by taking DART Rail to Akard Station and walking down to the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center. These two world-class museums are just across the street from each other, making for a wonderful double shot of Dallas culture.

Afterwards, stroll over to the adjacent Klyde Warren Park, a 17-acre oasis connecting the city’s Downtown and Uptown neighborhoods. Grab a quick bite from one of the many food trucks, find a spot on the grass and soak up some afternoon sun.

If you’re in an athletic mood, hop on one of the many bike-share options (including LimeBike, Ofo, VBike and Spin) and enjoy a leisurely ride into Uptown. The West Village on McKinney Avenue is home to fun boutique shops and some of the city’s favorite patios. For a true workout, the Katy Trail is a 3.5-mile hike-and-bike trail with numerous entry point throughout Uptown.

Finish up your day by taking the Green or Yellow line to Victory Station at American Airlines Center to catch the Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars in action. If the teams aren’t playing, head into Deep Ellum on the Green line for a nightcap at one of the many rooftop lounges overlooking Dallas’ neon skyline.

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Spring weekends bring pleasant weather and tons of events across town.

Spring weekends bring pleasant weather and tons of events across town. On Friday, get your bearings from atop one of the city’s iconic buildings.

The observation deck at Reunion Tower offers a panoramic view of Dallas from 50 stories up. Afterward, grab a seat at Five Sixty, the acclaimed restaurant and bar from Wolfgang Puck. To visit, take the Red or Blue lines to Union Station, then follow the signs to the underground walkway to the Tower.

Saturday, get your shopping in with a visit to Downtown Plano (Red and Orange Lines) and visit the many unique galleries and boutiques of the nearby Historic District. Then take the Red line down to the Dallas Zoo and experience its brand-new Simmons Hippo Outpost, an immersive habitat that features a huge underwater viewing window.

Springtime afternoons mean one thing – the Rangers are on the field and televisions across town are tuned into the game. Take DART into the Uptown neighborhood (a short walk from Cityplace/Uptown Station) and stroll down McKinney Avenue to find a venue that fits your level of enthusiasm.

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With so much to see in Dallas, it can take a week to fill everything in!

First, let’s talk food. Neighborhoods like Uptown, Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts District are epicenters of the city’s foodie movement Sping temperatures make for perfect al fresco dining, which favorites like The Rustic (Uptown), Stirr (Deep Ellum) and Bolsa (Bishop Arts) offer in spades. And if you’re searching for the quintessential Texas burger (and who isn’t?), Big Star Burgers (Downtown Rowlett) is the place to go.

The Dallas Zoo is home to all things furry and scaly, while the Dallas World Aquarium showcases the life aquatic as well as an amazing South American rainforest experience. Get there via the Dallas Zoo Station and West End Station, respectively.

The Dallas Arts District features several art and performance venues, including the stunning, ruby-red Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theatre designed by acclaimed international architect Rem Koolhaus.

In spring, two of the city’s favorite teams are in full-swing. The Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks both play their home games at American Airlines Center (Victory Station), which is also the place to see national touring acts.

To keep fit during your Dallas excursion, head out on the Katy Trail, a 3.5-mile paved running and cycling trail that begins at American Airlines Center and crosses the Knox-Henderson neighborhood. Refuel at Katy Trail Icehouse, a popular outdoor venue that directly overlooks the trail.

Of course, no trip to the Big D is complete without some retail therapy. Local favorites include NorthPark Center (a 10-minute walk from Park Lane Station) and the shops at Mockingbird Station.