If your planning on making a trip to Dallas with your tour bus group, make Dealey Plaza at 410 Elm a stop along the way. This is a place that is visited for an entirely different reason that it was intended which by that very fact, makes it an unusual spot to visit on your trip to Dallas. Dealey Plaza was built to honor publisher and civic leader and local mover and shaker, George Dealey. At one time, the Plaza was considered the ceremonial gateway to the entering Dallas and many of the "key to the city" ceremonies were held here. However that changed in November of 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated on this spot because Dealey Plaza is where the "grassy knoll" of the supposed other assassin was located. Now registered as a National Historic Landmark, the reflecting pools and a bronze memorial plaque give one pause. The Sixth Floor Museum where Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have fired the fatal shots, is a mere two blocks away. Dealy Plaza is open 24 hours daily and if you or someone taking a trip with you is a history buff or loves conspiracy theories, they will love to tour the spot where the grassy knoll is located.
George Dealey's memory and great contributions have been eclipsed by the events of November 1963 and those events will forever be remembered at this spot. You can also see the structure that Abraham Zapruder was sitting on when he shot his famous film of JFK's assassination. Make this a stop on your next visit to Dallas and here's an obscure fact for you to share with your tour bus group, the grassy knoll is one of the most photographed backgrounds for tourist photographs taking Dallas photos after the skyline of the city.
If your tour bus group loves visiting venues in cities that are off the beaten path and you enjoy a good walking tour, you're going to love Swiss Avenue Historic District. SAHD (Swiss Avenue Historic District) is one of the finest early 20th century neighborhoods in the Southwest, with more than 200 stately homes in more than a dozen architectural styles including the best collection of Craftsman-style homes. Bring your camera, the exteriors of the homes and the landscaping is unique and extremely well-maintained on all of these stately old homes. Many of them are from the early 1900s with a few dating to the 1870s when the railroad had only first made Dallas more than a blip on a map. There are a multitude of historic homes to see on this walking tour of the area and no two homes are exactly alike. These homes were constructed during a time when individuality meant all and most wealthy people had their homes designed by the architects of the day. A home was designed to be as individual as its owners and it is still evident today in these fine homes. For more information on scheduling a walking tour for your group please call 214 821 3290.