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 7:15-7:30.
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/~pioneerparkcem/)
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.
Dogs are welcomed on this tour. The trolley even allows you to bring Fido on the trolley cars. Just bring water, treats and poop bags.
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: