Hotel at a Glance: Baymont Inn & Suites Plano
The Baymont Inn & Suites Plano places you within a mile of downtown Plano, where you can explore the city’s historic buildings. See a play or concert at the Courtyard Theater, converted from a school gym built in 1938, or check out the Interurban Railway Museum, housed in a century-old structure that was once a substation and depot. Discover Plano’s more modern scene by shopping in independently owned boutiques and re-creating a canvas painting at Pipe and Palette.
- In your room: a mini fridge and a microwave, plus free WiFi
- Begin the day with a free hot breakfast that includes fresh waffles and fruit.
- Grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants within walking distance, including Denny’s and an Asian buffet.
- Nearby attractions: Hike scenic trails at Heard Nature Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary or play a round of miniature golf at Adventure Landing in Dallas.
Plano, Texas: Happy-Go-Lucky Business Town Near Dallas
For a medium-size suburb of Dallas, Plano sure receives a lot of attention from the financial press. CNN Money has dubbed it the 11th best place to live in the United States, and Forbes named it America’s safest city. Peace and prosperity seem to go hand in hand in Plano, which serves as headquarters for some of the nation’s largest companies, including Dr Pepper Snapple Group, J.C. Penney, and Pizza Hut.
But it’s not all about work here. Fashion comes first at The Shops at Legacy and at Stonebriar Centre, sprawling, pedestrian-oriented shopping centers with high-end designer stores and upscale restaurants. There are also two huge green spaces in town: Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. Connected by biking trails, they form a total area larger than Central Park in Manhattan. For sports fans, the nearby city of Frisco offers professional soccer at Toyota Stadium and minor-league baseball at Dr Pepper Ballpark.