7815 LBJ Freeway, (formerly Grand Hotel Dallas), Dallas, Texas, 75240, United States
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I need a little help..I'm bringing my guy to Dallas for the weekend.. I have been there several times but its been a few years.. I know we stayed at Hyatt Downtown by where Reunion was. I think we took a tram to Westend but in my mind it was really within walking distance.. Should we ride or walk..also..I remember going underground in a tunnel to get over by the "JFK" area. Seems it had a walkway. I may be dreaming..lol.. Anyway.. I just wanted to be a little prepared before we go. Is Hyatt a close place to stay if going to Westend one night? I saw there is a Westend hotel but would rather stay at Hyatt if it's close enough.. We are going out to a ballgame Sat night but would rather stay in close and spend more time in that area... any suggestions or comments welcome!!!
Re: Dallas on the 4th
The simplest way to go to either the train or just walk to the West End is to take the underground passage from the basement of the hotel (at the bottom of the tower) east over to Union station. Most of the way there, you will see stairs inviting you to go up if you want to take the DART light rail train (I assume this is what you are referring to as the "tram"). If you continue to the end of the passage, you come up in Union Station itself.
***note: a little more than a year ago, they were doing work on this passage and on the station, so you had to go up at the DART stop...but that's OK, because you would just walk across the tracks into Union Station itself. I don't know the state of things at the moment.***
OK. If you want to take the train (I'm thinking it's just one stop to the West End), you there. If you want to walk, go through Union Station out to the front. Take a left, and head up the street. You will see very quickly "Old Red", our original courthouse made of red sandstone - now a museum - on the right, and across the street (on your left) is Dealey Plaza, known mostly for the Kennedy assassination. Keep heading north (the direction you are already going), and you will pass by the "School Book Depository" building (it now has another name), from which Oswald fired the shots. Note: the 6th floor Museum in this building is well worth the visit - they really did a decent job with it. Note that the entrance to the Museum is on the far (north) side in a separate elevator (the rest of the building is in use by the County - the County Commissioners' Court meets there, for example).
Note that this is, as you dimly recall, not a far walk at all.
If you keep going, you will pass by large parking lots, then you will see the West End off to the right.
Another way of going is to come out of the front of Union Station and go east one or two blocks (I forget) to Market Street, then take a left there. As you go north, you will see the memorial to JFK (which Dallas doesn't keep as clean and neat as it should) and the replica of John Neely Bryan's cabin, allegedly the first cabin in Dallas (but was almost certainly built later). Who cares? It's been sitting there quite a while.
As you proceed up Market, you will come directly into the heart of the West End. Note that the West End isn't what it used to be; the West End Marketplace closed some years ago, although there are still restaurants down there.
Also, note that just east of the West End is the Dallas World Aquarium, kind of a cool place. and you can take the DART line south to the zoo (hot at this time of year ;-) ) or north to the Park Lane stop where I believe there is a shuttle bus to take you to Northpark (first covered shopping mall in the US, I think, and still home to Nieman Marcus and other pricey places ;-) )...
Travel Tips for Dallas
I do not even remember seeing Reunion Tower on my first visit to Dallas. This is especially astonishing because it is considered a signature building for Dallas and is 560 feet tall observation tower which is the 15th tallest building in Dallas.
I also think it is amazing that it was constructed as a part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I've never heard of a tower associated with a hotel before.
The tower is constructed of poured in place concrete. Surrounding this top is a geodesic dome formed with aluminum struts. At the intersection of the aluminum members are 260 lights that are kept turned on most of the evening hours. However, at certain times during the evening, the lights flash to different patterns for a special light show.
The three levels at the top of the tower house different functions. The lowest level is the observation deck, known as The Lookout. Visitors can see the territory surrounding Dallas from indoor and outdoor areas. The outdoor area offers a 360 degree walk that is covered by the upper levels. Great views of the Dallas Skyline can be seen, as well as the skyline of Fort Worth, Las Colinas, and other groupings of buildings throughout the city. A nominal fee is charged to visitors. The fee is quite a bit less than other towers I've visited.
On the second level is Antares, which is a full service restaurant operated by the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Antares offers lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch in an elegant and contemporary atmosphere. The Dome, a cocktail lounge, is located on Reunion's highest level. Another fact that was a bit surprising to me is that the Reunion tower is named for its location in the Reunion area, which was a settlement of French immigrants in the 19th Century.
Trivia from the Reunion Tower web site:
* The elevator trip to the top takes 68 seconds.
* The structure weighs 23,600 tons.
* It takes 55 minutes for the restaurants to revolve once.
* Each strut is 15-feet long.
* The dome is made of more than 100,000 parts.
Another bit of trivia from the Dallas Observer website originally published: August 19, 1999:
"On his first visit atop Reunion Tower, futurist Buckminster Fuller, who invented the geodesic dome, sat down for dinner and instead of marveling at the view, calculated the speed at which the revolving restaurant would have to spin to centrifugally splatter the food against its floor-to-ceiling windows..."
Some handy language hints when dealing with natives of the Lone Star State:
fixin' ta: I shall, in the fullness of time commence the indicated activity. ex: I'm fixin' ta' go to the store.
catty whompus: Not aligned correctly or otherwise out of place
walkin' in tall cotton: In a happy situation
fit to be tied: Very greaty annoyed.
all hat and no cattle: Indicating that the individual so described has a tendency to exagerrate.
fur piece: A significantly long distance away.
coke: term used to describe all carbonated beverages
toad choker: A heavy downpour of rain
lit out: To remove from the vicintiy in considerable haste. ex: When he pulled the gun I lit out of there.
damnyankee: Although this is usally considered two words, in Texas it is always taken as one.
pole-axed: knocked down with significant force
tank: an artifical pond for livestock to drink from
tarred: exhausted ex. Boy, am ah tarred.
might could: It is likely that I will do the described action. ex. I might could meet y'all for drinks.
die: day ex. Its been rainin' all die.
tin, twinty, thuhty, fawty: ten, twenty, thirty, forty
all: Petroleum ex. I gots me an all well on my ranch.
If you love sports:
Dallas is a great city if you love sports. We have FOUR professional teams (that I know of). Basketball, football, baseball, hockey...dunno what happened to our soccer team (you guys still out there?) Ok, they're still with us.
Or take in something new like arena football. I havent been to a game but I hear theyre a blast. What more could a fanatic really ask for? I personally think that baseball and NHL games are the best. If you really dont mind the heat but dont feel like baseball, go bet on the ponies at Lone Star Park in Grand Prarie. They host Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse racing depending on the season. Besides the lottery, its the only legal gambling in the state. If youre more into horsepower of the automotive kind check out Texas Motor Speedway which hosts several NASCAR events each year. Dont forget your protective earplugs for this venue. If you need tickets, theres quite a few places to get them, either directly or through a agent like Texas Tickets:
Tony should treat you well, he's in with a lot of good people in the local scene, he comes highly recommended.
Or try ticket finders use:
They have online ordering services. Enjoy!
Frisco is mostly a bedroom community 12 miles north of Dallas in central Collin County. My daughter who lives there says that you can live, shop and eat there, but there are not many tourist attractions.
They do have a stampeding sculpture in their Central Park which is at the northwest corner of Parkwood Blvd and Warren Parkway and down the main road in front of the Target shopping center.
In 1902, when the post office was established, the town was named Frisco City after the St. Louis, San Francisco and Texas Railway Company, known as the Frisco system. Later the name was shortened to Frisco.
For the Unique in Decor
As we drove along Fairmount Street, we discovered an antique store that carried many unique architectural pieces.
Uncommon Market is an ideal place to find wood shutters, old doors and windows, gingerbread trim, carved corbels, chandeliers, oil paintings, vintage prints, leatherbound books, trunks, antique cast iron urns, furniture and other elements from old buildings.
It was great fun poking around the rooms, discovering what each one had hidden in the corners or behind the doors. This store was packed and yet there is another house next door, which is also part of this business named Facade. We could have browsed for hours.
Uncommon Market sits on a shady, tree lined street with a few art galleries, another unrelated antique shop, a consignment shop and near the upscale St. Germaine European Inn.
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Address: 7815 LBJ Freeway, (formerly Grand Hotel Dallas), Dallas, Texas, 75240, United States