Are you planning a trip to Uptown Dallas? Or maybe you just want a day out in the nice Dallas Weather. Whatever your reason, Uptown Dallas IS the perfect neighborhood for walking and seeing some fun sites.
We have two favorite walking paths, one is more urban and one is more scenic. Both are less than two miles and will give you a good taste of Uptown and all the great shops and restaurants it has to offer.
Klyde Warren Park to West Village
The distance for this walk is 1.3 miles one way and it’s a straight path so there’s not much chance to get lost.
The perfect thing about this walk is the starting point has parking. Parking is a rough thing in Uptown, Dallas. The West Village has parking galore, in Uptown terms. There are two garages. One is inside the West Village and on the east side of Mckinney Avenue across the street.
The West Village is fun to walk around on it’s own. There are lots of great restaurants if you want to fuel up with a snack before your walk or a movie. There are lots of great places to stop for a snack along the way like the Shake Shack.
Klyde Warren Park is a great park to walk around, but the parking is very limited. It’s best to get there without a car. On weekends when the weather is nice there are food trucks and it’s filled with people.
If you don’t know the history of this park, it was built over a freeway that goes between downtown and uptown. It’s also right across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center if you want to add some culture to your stroll.
Katy Trail Stroll
The Katy Trail is a great Uptown walk. It’s less cars and more trees. if you are in the mood for less of a street side walk, most of the Katy Trail is a tree lined path. The trail has a walking/running lane and a bike lane in the busiest section.
The Katy Trail goes beyond Uptown up to SMU, but it has access points all throughout Uptown. You can’t access the trail unless you hit it in one of the marked access points.
It was built along an old railroad track. I think the best place to get on is a Knox Avenue. There are places to park on Knox because there are lots of shops and restaurants. Some of the bigger shops are Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, CB2, Pottery Barn, Apple and many more.
From Knox head south to the West Village. The walk has a lot of shade, so you can even do it when the weather warms up. There are also restrooms along the path.
Can you stay in Uptown without a car?
There are lots of hotels in Uptown. If you are visiting Dallas and you don’t want to bother with a car, Uptown is a great neighborhood. You can easily get around to restaurants, shops, theater and several museums without a car. In fact, parking in Uptown is so scarce that it’s better without a car.
If you do drive to Uptown be sure to observe all of the parking signs. There are lots of tickets given every day.
Trolley in Uptown
There is a free trolley in Uptown. The north end is in the West Village and the south end is downtown. It’s free to hop on and off. So if it’s hot, which it can be in Dallas, and you are tired of walking just hop on the trolley.
Uptown is the perfect neighborhood in Dallas to see if you want to get out of your car and onto your feet.