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Though there's plenty of respect in Texas for tradition and history, this still young state also looks eagerly towards the future. In recent years, its eye for innovation has turned to many of its main streets, both in small towns and larger cities. Several of these historic avenues have been restored and revived, and are now lined with new businesses drawing the next generation of residents and visitors.
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The opening of the 55,000 square-foot Sundance Square Plaza, is now a place for children to frolic among gentle fountain water jets, and adults to enjoy concerts, picnics, or cocktails from the Bird Café. And the square still has more to come with...
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1902 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Downtown Dallas has undergone a dramatic transformation in a little more than a decade, adding several buildings by world-class architects, a slew of notable restaurants and hotels, and feats of engineering daring like Klyde Warren Park. Much of...
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1519 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
What was in the mid-20th-century just an inexpensive area to build warehouses and showrooms along the Trinity River has evolved into a vibrant live/work community that’s home to noted restaurants, trendy hangouts, upscale apartment...
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Rainey Street is lined with unique bars (like Craft Pride and Lucille Patio Lounge), restaurants and food trucks. One of the newest additions is Container Bar (seen here), the country’s only bar constructed from shipping containers. This is now...
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A 25-mile drive west of Austin, the small town of Dripping Springs is surprisingly full of wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, and restaurants, including top spots like the award-winning Solaro Estate winery, the Twisted X Brewing company,...
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The village of Salado, does impress with its more than 60 shops and galleries on or near Main Street. Browse products from the various glass blowing studios (some offer classes), antiques, and home décor pieces, including handcrafted furniture and...
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849 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
While many cities have rivers, few take advantage of their waterways quite like San Antonio does. One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the River Walk runs along the San Antonio River and features both quiet stretches for...
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Market Square Park was renovated in 2010, and offers families and pets a respite from the surrounding urban landscape, urban bicyclists a place to ride, and a schedule of programming like Bayou Jamboree and Gumbo Showdown. (Nico Nico’s, a Greek...
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The revived Main Street district extends from the courthouse square to the Depot Visitor Center, and includes 44 blocks lined with historic buildings, restaurants, antiques shops, boutiques, and even a restored Spanish colonial-style theater (once...
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Abilene’s rich history comes alive at Frontier Texas, a visitor center/museum that anchors Cypress Street, which extends from the Civic Center and includes the restored T&P Railroad Depot. In the 1980s, the city recognized the value of historic...