Join us for a walking tour of downtown Dallas followed by a trolley ride uptown. This is a very long, casual walking tour where we will stop at numerous points of interest along the way. It will take between 2 1/2 to 3 hours total. The distance is between 3 1/2 to 4 miles. Meet behind Old Red at 7. We will start walking around 7:30-7:45. No dogs are allowed on this tour. The trolley is too crowded for dogs during this time.
This tour is spectacular at night. I have done this walk for 5 or 6 years now and am impressed with the development I have seen downtown. Following are some of the points of interest you will see along the way:
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Old Red Courthouse (http://www.oldred.org/)/JFK Memorial Plaza (http://www.jfk.org/go/about/history-of-the-john-f-kennedy-memorial-plaza)
Union Station (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Station_%28Dallas%29)
Ferris Plaza Park (https://foursquare.com/v/ferris-plaza/4d9f842149afb60c0ecb9f8d)
Lubben Plaza Park (http://dallas.about.com/od/neighborhoods/ss/DowntownCityHal_2.htm)
Pioneer Plaza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Plaza)/Pioneer Cemetery (http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Epioneerparkcem/)
Dallas City Hall Plaza (https://www.google.com/search?q=dallas+city+hall+plaza&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Y4p3U6amGsWVqAaw4IDIDQ&ved=0CE8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649)
Magnolia Hotel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_Hotel_%28Dallas,_Texas%29) /Pegasus (https://www.google.com/search?q=pegasus+dallas&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=HYt3U9T1A5OKqAa_wICYBA&ved=0CDkQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649)
Golden Boy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Communication)
Main Street Garden Park (https://www.google.com/search?q=main+street+garden+dallas&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=T4t3U7aBIIKSqAb5m4L4CA&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=649)
Thanksgiving Plaza (http://www.thanksgiving.org/)
The Arts District (http://www.thedallasartsdistrict.org/district)
Clyde Warren Park (http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/)
Uptown Trolley (http://www.mata.org/)
Parking is easy. Just park next to a meter anywhere near the Old Red Courthouse for free.
Have a good late lunch or early dinner. You may want to bring some snacks. This is a long walk so you will need energy.
Wear good walking shoes.
Consider the length of the walk. The pace is not fast but it is a very long walk.
Be prepared to stop at points of interest along the way. We may end up hanging at certain spots for a while if the vibe is good. If you want to go off on your own at any time that's ok.
Photos: There are some good photo ops so please bring your good camera if you are a photog type. Here are some shots from previous outings.....
Here is a pretty good map and article about walking downtown from National Geographic: