McKinney (Texas) is less than 30 minutes from downtown Dallas but its atmosphere and character are worlds apart. Rated as one of the USA’s most liveable places, this is a historic city with an identity all its own and family-run businesses. At McKinney’s ensemble of preserved 19th-century buildings you can see how Texans lived 150 years ago, or amble along the city’s charming Main Street lined with independent shops. If you enjoy great food and drink you could easily spend your whole trip shopping at farmers’ markets, sampling local wines or taking tours of the craft brewing companies in the town.
1. Main Street
The first port of call for shoppers and diners in McKinney, Main Street helps set this city apart from its neighbours. There’s a quaint, small-town atmosphere on Main Street, from the restaurant and cafe seating that spills out onto the sidewalk to the proud mounted police that patrol the street. Many of the buildings on Main Street are historic, some as old as 165 years, and numerous volunteers work together to make sure there’s always something fun going on, like dances during Oktoberfest or art festivals in spring . The stores on Main Street are one-off and independent, be they antiques shops, galleries or boutiques.