Plano Quick Guide
With over 5,100 hotel rooms, you’ll feel an instant connection to Plano. Just check in and start checking out the local color. Stroll through historic downtown. Catch a concert. Explore our museums and parks. Go antiquing or shop boutiques, outlet malls or major indoor malls. Hungry? Grab a quick nosh or enjoy a leisurely meal in one of 700 Plano restaurants. And if you’re here in September, Plano’s Balloon Festival is a sight to see. Don’t forget our Hollywood connection – the Southfork Ranch from the hit TV show “Dallas”. Speaking of which, we’re also handy to all the attractions and amusements of the DFW Metroplex.
Downtown Plano — about a square mile of old-fashioned street lamps, cobblestone streets and family-owned business that manages to feel both small-town and urban at the same time — was named Thursday as one of the four best neighborhoods in the country.
The recognition from the American Planning Association cements what many here already agree on: that even in the suburbs, this type of downtown where people can both live and earn a living without having to drive, does work.
The revitalization of the area started when DART came and put downtown Plano on the map.
Regulars who eat and work there say there’s an appeal in having dozens of restaurants and cute shops — from the coveted Lockhart Smokehouse to a barber shop that’s been there for 46 years — as well as a place to live within walking distance of a transit station.
The collaboration of stakeholders, including city planning staff, the Historic Downtown Plano Association and downtown merchants, is largely responsible for driving the area’s urban growth.