Historic downtown Plano has it all -- upscale (yet affordable) apartments, art galleries and museums, restaurants, shopping, theatres, and a large park to relax in. A charming neighborhood filled with early twentieth-century homes lies within easy walking distance.
The Downtown Plano station on DART's Red Line is about a forty minute train ride from Union Station in downtown Dallas, thirty minutes to the Arts District, and twenty minutes to NorthPark Center. A free shuttle to Collin Creek Mall is available for DART ticketholders and DART monthly or annual passholders.
When you step off the train, turn to your right and walk to the wide street paved with bricks (about twenty feet away). That's 15th Street, Plano's downtown area. This walking tour can be completed in about thirty minutes without stopping, but I encourage you to spend a day browsing the shops and galleries and trying a restaurant or tea room.