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Dec 07

When you're ready to travel ... we're here to welcome you!

Posted on December 7, 2020 at 3:03 PM by Beth Shumate

holiday lets go there together
It’s safe to say most folks are in agreement on one thing right now – we’re all tired of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we all work toward making our lives feel more normal, travel will no doubt be one thing people are definitely looking forward to in the future. Whether you’re ready to travel soon, or your comfort level isn’t quite there yet, we at Visit McKinney are ready to greet you!


Visit McKinney, along with many other destinations across America, is proud to be taking part in the U.S. Travel Association’s “Let’s Go There” coalition.  Needless to say, the tourism industry has been extremely hard-hit during the Coronavirus shutdown and travel bans. To help promote travel again, participating organizations have been promoting safety-first messaging (#TravelConfidently). Now that school is back in session and the holidays are already looming in the very near future, it may just be time to think about travel planning again. The “Let’s Go There” campaign hopes to tap into America’s sense of wanderlust, and in turn, help inspire people to dream of a fun trip that is exciting, safe, and productive … when they feel the time is right for them. 

Let us help you make travel plans!
When you do want to plan your travel again or find the right place for a fun event, be it family, friends, or business, we’re ready to help you! Let us assist you in gathering event and attraction information about McKinney and the rest of the Lone Star State.

  • Click “Plan Visit” at the top of the green bar on the left side of any page on our site. This will access our Visit Widget tool where you can check out events, lodging options, restaurants, and attractions and then plan your own itinerary while mapping it out. Then download our Visit McKinney Smartphone app and take your plans with you!
  • Learn what places the McKinney "locals" recommend you visit!
  • Experience McKinney’s amazing music scene, now a designated Texas Music Friendly Community.
  • Check out our suggested itineraries for romantic getaways, girlfriend weekend, family fun trips, and history buff visits, all available HERE on our website!
  • For more details about planning a romantic getaway, read about a recent visit by travel influencers Our Sweet Adventures.
  • An influencer couple who specialize in upscale experiences, My Curly Adventures and My Culinary Adventures, also recently visited and shared some of their experiences in McKinney with dining, activities, and lodging. You can read blogs about their visit HERE.
  • Make plans to visit spots that Texas PBS’s The Daytripper visited earlier this year.
  • Explore the fun places the YOLO TX television show visited on their visit this summer.
  • Knock four fun activities off your “bucket list” here.
  • See the culinary adventures that await foodies in McKinney!
  • Get in touch with your inner artist when you experience the variety of art you’ll find throughout downtown McKinney, designated in 2018 as a Historic Texas Cultural District.
  • Spend some time on East Virginia Street to check out the comic bookstore, Comedy Arena, vintage Arcade92, cigar bar En Fuego, and hookah café and lounge Amore.

 Will you be safe when you visit McKinney?

Absolutely! The staff at Visit McKinney are keeping the Visitors Center safe and welcoming for our visitors and residents. Stop by and see us at our Visitors Center and Gift Shop at 200 W. University, just a block west of the downtown square. Read more about the precautions we've taken to keep our visitors and staff safe during this time of COVID.

For now, we’ve modified our office hours and are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For assistance outside of these hours, please contact us for an appointment at 214-544-1407 or

How are Our Businesses Handling COVID?
McKinney's Chamber of Commerce has stayed in close contact with the city's businesses including our restaurants, venues, and shops.  Click HERE to learn more about what the Chamber is doing to support businesses and their #McKinneyStrong and Buy Local campaigns. 

More Updates from Our City, County & State
Below are links to the latest state, county, and city guidelines so you'll know exactly what to expect when traveling to Texas and to McKinney, the seat of Collin County. 

Need Assistance or Have Questions?
As always, our Visit McKinney team is happy to answer any of your questions. If you need help during regular business hours (see hours above), call 214-544-1407. Otherwise, send an email to and we'll get back with you within 24 hours.