Visitors to McKinney will find no shortage of reminders that the historic town was once named one of the best places to live in the US. Certainly, compared to the created-from-scratch vibe of nearby Frisco, it has a real patina of authenticity.
Even as the Metroplex eddies around its edges, McKinney has lovely small-town streets lined with restored Queen Anne and Victorian houses that exude charm. And the town's center is easily the most vibrant downtown of any historic town in north Texas. Shops, boutiques, cafes and bistros around the main square buzz with action. You can easily spend a half day or more enjoying the charms of McKinney.