We wanted to see the downtown area, and boy was this the way to do it! We really like walking, so we decided to put on some comfy shoes and head out on the Urban Trail. We learned lots of cool history about the area and saw some pretty stunning architecture. Along the way there are plenty of restaurants and small shops to check out, but be aware that most won't provide public bathrooms unless you are purchasing something, so plan accordingly. We parked in the parking deck off Biltmore Street, walked a block to start the tour, and ended up back at the deck at the last stop on the Trail. Foursquare users can check in at the different spots on the trail and geocachers can use marker 21 of the Trail for fulfilling the requirements of a virtual cache on geocaching.com. We had a great time and highly recommend this venture! While some have done the Trail in two hours, we moseyed and made it about four hours of leisurely fooling about, reading plaques, checking in on Foursquare, and caching. Part of the four hours was because we also stopped at the St. Lawrence Basilica, had lunch, shopped with some street vendors, and waited out a thunderstorm in a lobby.
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