Discover the unexpected while making memories as you explore Dallas’s unforgettable hidden gems and long-time staples. The bustling Metroplex is chock-full of iconic landmarks, outdoor escapes, and unexpected local hotspots throughout the city, all conveniently located a stone’s throw from a Hilton hotel. Check out these surprising places and see Dallas like a local, all while snapping Instagram-worthy photos! 

Iconic Skyline Shots 

Nothing quite says Dallas like its stellar skyline. In the heart of the city, and less than a mile’s stroll from the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, savor what’s in season and try local eats at the Dallas Farmers Market where artisanal food vendors showcase cheeses, mouth-watering desserts, fresh produce, and more. Take in the photo-worthy stunning Dallas skyline while snacking on your farmers market finds. 

Soaring more than 500 hundred feet above the city floor, gaze at the 360-degree panoramic views of Dallas from the observation deck of the city’s most recognizable landmark: Reunion Tower. Capture the moment and watch the city lights come to life.

And while this view is pretty great, it’s hard to beat the jaw-dropping rooftop skyline view from your home-away-from-home at the rooftop pool deck at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown or iconic Statler Hotel. Snap a selfie at one of these properties as the sun sets on a fantastic day exploring Dallas. 

Unique Outdoors

Along with skyscraping views, outdoor lovers will love White Rock Lake, a 1,000-plus acre oasis a few miles from downtown Dallas. A day spent running, biking, or walking the seventeen-mile trail is no secret. But for an extra special experience, rent a paddleboard or kayak from White Rock Paddle Co. and float the calm waters and enjoy picturesque views. Just five miles away at Fair Park, experience the natural oasis at Texas Discovery Gardens featuring a 7.5-acre organic garden and two-story butterfly house. Snap a photo of a free-flying tropical butterfly!   

No matter the season, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a visual delight with 66 acres of vibrant horticulture, an array of captivating sculptures and fountains, and annual activities. A vibrant visual treat, stroll along the Margaret Elizabeth Jonsson Color Garden where 6.5 acres of seasonal, sweeping flowers and plants offer a kaleidoscope of colors. Strike a pose walking under the Crape Myrtle Allee – the vibrant blooms are on display in the summer and are a sight you’ll want to capture and remember forever! 

Past Meets Present 

Visitors can then explore Pioneer Plaza in the central business district and be transported back to the frontier days of Dallas. A stunning bronze sculpture by artist Robert Summers sets the scene of an early cattle drive complete with longhorn steers and cowboys on horseback set among native plants and flowing streams. A short walk to the West End Historic District of Downtown leads to Dealey Plaza. Known as the “Front Door of Dallas” and an important piece of U.S. history.

Art + Foodies

Eclectic charm meets urban chic in Bishop Arts District. Located in North Oak Cliff, just four miles south of hotel icon Hilton Anatole, this historical district is known as Dallas’s most independent neighborhood and home to more than 60 local bars, restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and more, all with their own unique flare. Walk the neighborhood streets and look for the expressive public art on the shop exteriors, including the colorful Día de los Muertos mural, Lets Fiesta, on West Davis and North Bishop Avenue. Grab a selfie at your favorite public art mural—or explore the HALL Arts hotel for those Instagram worthy shots throughout the property.

A city icon in the lux Dallas Design District, HALL Arts Hotel is an art lover’s dream. Explore the hotel’s international collection of art and antiques, including two segments of the Berlin Wall—the largest in any American hotel—then head out to explore the many cultural attractions dotting the city. 

Anchored by a variety of conveniently located Hilton hotels, the unexpected is waiting to be explored throughout Dallas with opportunities to make memories and capture those Instagram-worthy shots. 

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