Plano, a city of about a quarter of a million people, is located north northeast of Dallas on flat, formerly agricultural land. It is a 30-minute trip from Plano to Dallas by car via US 75. The Red line of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail provides public transportation.
Settled in the early 1840s in what was back then 'the Republic of Texas', Plano has reminded a quite and fairly small community for over a century. This all changed when the Dallas sprawl outward reached Plano in the 70s. Population has multiplied by more than ten in the last three decades, and most of Plano's original agricultural land has been transformed into well-planned residential subdivision.
Historic downtown Plano has been restored as part of the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration. The restored brick-paved streets, the buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the contemporary mix of specialty shops make this part of town unique and a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
The Southfork Ranch, made famous in the Dallas TV series, is located in the town of Parker, TX just northeast of Plano. The visitor's center is open daily and offers guided tours. Other notable attractions in and around Plano include the Interurban Railway Museum, Heritage Farmstead and Fairview Farms Marketplace.
Plano is home to over 500 restaurants offering anything from fine dinning to ethnic fast food. There are several major shopping malls around town and over 3,500 hotel rooms to choose from. Most hotels and motels in Plano are located near US-75, offering superb access to most points of interest in the Dallas area.