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  • CHIJMES Dallas 975 North Zang Boulevard Dallas, TX, 75208 United States (map)

Dallas will never be mistaken for Vienna, Rome or Berlin. But now, thanks to the Dallas Streetcar, you can pretend you're in Europe for a few hours as you ride the rails and sample bars, restaurants and points of interest from downtown Dallas to the heart of North Oak Cliff.

Launched in 2015 -- with an extension to the Bishop Arts District that opened in August 2016 -- the DART-run Streetcar looks very much like the trams that have been a fixture in European cities for decades. Sleek and modern, with accordion-like joints that allow it to slither down Zang Boulevard, the Streetcar feels more like a light-rail train than the charming-but-clanky McKinney Avenue Trolley in Uptown.

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Best of all, the Dallas Streetcar is free. Climb off and on as many times as you like, any time between 5:30 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week.

The Streetcar runs every 20 minutes, leaving downtown from a stop on Houston Street next to Union Station. It then crosses the Trinity River on the 106-year-old Houston Street Viaduct and makes five stops in Oak Cliff, including one at its final destination, the Bishop Arts District.

It doesn't travel far -- just 2.45 miles in 10 minutes. But there are no shortages of places to eat, drink and investigate along its brief span.

Earlier Event: May 4
 Annual Taste of Oak Cliff
Later Event: June 6
THE OAK CLIFF FILM FESTIVAL