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Highland Park Village, Dallas Arboretum, Turtle Creek—there’s no question that Dallas is a gorgeous city. But there are some less traveled spots that can be equally captivating and way more peaceful. Here are the five most beautiful places in Dallas that you didn’t know about (until now).

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Dallas Rock Quarry

Just off Highway 380, near New Hope Road, you’ll spot a majestic limestone quarry that will make your jaw drop. The only thing that kept it off our list of epic swimming holes? It’s private property, and the owners make that very clear with multiple signs near the entrance. That said, brave souls risk it for the ’gram daily. See for yourself by searching the hashtag #thatdallasquarry.

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Corinthian Sailing Club

Sure, everyone has been to White Rock Lake and taken a walk along the trails, but did you know that there is an actual sailing club speckled along one of its shores? This particular not-for-profit volunteer club was chartered in 1939 and is known for its serious sailors. It also makes for a stunning backdrop for family photos or picnics should you find yourself missing the actual beach this time of year.

441 E. Lawther Dr.; 214-758-0788 or

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Nasher Sculpture Garden

Make the most of your lunch break by escaping to this secret garden smack dab in the middle of the Dallas Arts District. And while the Nasher Sculpture Center is certainly nothing new, it seems like very few people know to take advantage of the calming powers of the beautifully landscaped oasis and its reflective pool. It’s like yoga, but you get to look at fun sculptures and don’t have to change into workout clothes.

2001 Flora St.; 214-242-5100 or

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Southfork Ranch

Yep, this is where the iconic ’80s television show Dallas was filmed. But don’t worry: If you visit, you won’t be besieged by backstabbing, lust or dramatic showdowns. Quite the opposite, actually. There’s something really relaxing about taking in a peaceful horseback ride on the grounds of this storied ranch in all of its country glory. 

3700 Hogge Dr.; 972-442-7800 or

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Prairie Creek Waterfalls

Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls…unless it’s these ones, conveniently located in Richardson’s Prairie Creek Park. The closest access point is by parking on West Prairie Creek Drive. Trust us, this is far from your typical suburban scene and worth the drive outside your bubble.

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