Whether it’s taking time to snap a few pics before a meal, or planning a whole trip around getting cool material for our Instagram highlight reel, we all do it for the ‘gram. There’s no shame in it, awesome visual content brings in the likes and ups your engagement. So it’s no surprise that travel posts are amongst the most popular on Instagram. Every place has its particular charm, its Insta-worthy side just waiting for the right #tourist to discover. If you find your #wanderlust takes you to the state where everything’s bigger, you should really check out Dallas. It’s got something for everyone, so whether you’re looking for trendy cafés, artsy locales, or great cityscapes, there are tons of places to take pictures in Dallas.
1. Trinity Groves
With the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the gorgeous downtown Dallas skyline in the background, Trinity Groves is a great place to grab that all-important cityscape shot. Pro tip: try and take your picture during golden hour at either 7 a.m. or 7 p.m. for that soft, beautiful glow. It’s 100% worth it, trust me. While you’re there, do visit Cake Bar for a slice of Key Lime and snap a picture of their charming periwinkle blue storefront. Your followers will think you’re in Europe.
2. Reunion Tower
If you’re looking for a great bird’s eye view sunset shot, be sure to hit Reunion Tower, Dallas’ famous ball-in-the-sky. With a great restaurant up top and a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city, it’s well worth the small entrance fee.
3. The Eye at The Joule Hotel
When looking for unique places to take pictures in Dallas, one venue you won’t want to miss is The Joule Hotel, specifically the 30 foot tall eyeball that resides there. The gigantic sculpture by Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset has become a favorite of locals and tourists alike. It’s bright, electric blue Iris will add a deliciously strange vibe to your ‘gram.
4. Sweet Daze Dessert Bar
For the food bloggers and food shot mavens out there, Sweet Daze offers a fantastic looking selection of beverage and desserts. From Galaxy Donuts to Matcha lattes, they have something to match your palette and palate. Their décor is no slouch, either, with chic marble countertops and a distinctive neon pink "sweet daze ahead" sign made by local lettering artist Vivian Nguyen.
5. Local Press + Brew
Another must-go for food shots is Local Press + Brew. It’s a great place to snap that de rigueur overhead shot, and their Avocado toast, almond croissants, and organic pressed juices make beautiful (and delicious) subjects. This charming coffee and juice shop has a particularly Instagram-worthy corner featuring white marble tables, a sleek black couch and minimalist décor.
6. Bird Bakery
This charming Highland Park Village bakery has been in operation since 2016. Owned by Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, wife of actor Armie Hammer, Bird Bakery features Insta-worthy marble tables and bistro-style chairs, as well as their signature neon pink “Let them eat cake!” sign.
7. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
The Dallas Arboretum is a breath of fresh air. With lush greenery and colorful blooms, it provides a particularly beautiful backdrop for your nature shots. Stop by during spring or summer for an explosion of fresh blooms, as well as concerts and other events. Tulip season, between March and April, is a particular favorite.
8. White Rock Lake
Located near the Botanical Gardens, White Rock Lake’s iconic nine mile loop features plenty extremely picturesque spots. The Audubon Society bird watching area, located nearby, is also the perfect place to take snapshots of the local wildlife.
9. Deep Ellum
Deep Ellum, specifically the Deep Ellum murals, will leave you spoilt for choice for your next artsy-edgy Instagram post. Whether your tastes lean more towards graffiti, street art, or colorful murals, you’ll probably find material for your next several posts. So make sure to feed the meter and wear your walking shoes, because the area has a lot to offer. Favorites include the Mosaic Cowboy on Elm Street, Sun Mural on Swiss avenue, and Good Morning Dallas on Glass Street.
10. The Travelling Man
Instagramers have a yen for the unusual, and a 38 feet tall stainless-steel robot man definitely fits the bill. Created by local artist Brad Oldham, this large metal gentleman is located on the northeast side of the Deep Ellum Rail Station. You won’t have trouble finding it, trust me.
11. The Rustic
If you’re looking for a place to unwind at the end of the day and get more material for the ‘gram, you can’t go wrong with The Rustic. You can grab a drink and listen to live music, and their “Off The Beaten Path” neon sign seems almost made for Instagram. Make sure you order their Frosé margaritas. Not to be missed!
There are so many places to take pictures in Dallas, and more popping up all the time. Take your time and enjoy discovering all this dynamic city has to offer.