8 Downtown Dallas Spots for the Perfect Instagram Selfie

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Do you ever scroll through Instagram #Dallas and wonder, “How did they get that shot?” or, “How do I get more likes on my pictures?” or even, “Where does everyone go to get that one selfie with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge?”

We’ve got the dirty on how to get those iconic shots of Instagram Dallas, including little tips and tricks that no one else has! With Dallas radiating trademark beauty in the background, your photos will rack up likes and you’ll love it. You’ll find yourself at the top of #Dallas. Y’all ready to trend?

 

Reunion Tower: The Prize (300 Reunion Blvd E)

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Reunion Tower is easily the most iconic building in the Dallas skyline. It’s the big ball in the sky to kids and an outdoor observation deck, cafe, and restaurant to adults. Parking around the tower is either valet or lot.

This selfie was taken on the plaza right by the Wolfgang Puck Five Sixty valet drop-off at about 3:30 p.m. After using a small patch of light to brighten my face, I pointed the phone up at the tower. Hot tip: tag @reuniontower in your selfie. She’s sassy!

Difficulty of Photo: 2 out of 5

Cost: $$

Parking: There are self-pay lots and valet around the tower.

GeO-Deck: The Ultimate View

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They LOVE selfies at the GeO-Deck, the level at Reunion Tower with an outdoor observation area. They get so stoked on them, and anyone who works there would be more than happy to help you with them. Bonus, you’ll have Beyoncé wind-hair whether you planned to or not.

The photo itself is a bit of a challenge. Use your front flash if you have one. Otherwise, focus the camera on the skyline. Your face will be in darkness but that’s ok. You can lighten it up a little in Instagram. Or do a cool silhouette! If you go around 3:00 you can catch the shadow of the tower in the skyline.

Difficulty of Photo: 4 out of 5

Cost: $$$$

Parking: The hotel and restaurant each have valet, and there is a self-park pay lot around the tower.

 

Pegasus: The Dallas Mascot (100 S. Houston St.)

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What’s more Dallas than a glowing neon Pegasus? Now most of these signs only glow at night and constantly rotate. Not the one at the Old Red Museum Downtown.

Instead of walking up to the sign to snap your selfie, you’re going to stand by one of the patches of light on the ground near the archway. Use that patch to light up your face, and viola! You and Pegasus ride off into the Instagram sunset.
Difficulty of Photo: 2 out of 5

Cost: $

Parking: There’s metered parking around museum, as well as a parking lot underneath the building.

 

Pioneer Plaza: The Cattle (Young St & Griffin St.)

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This photo is actually surprisingly easy to get. You just have to be super careful while you’re taking it! Do not go overboard and get gored by a hot metal creature. No bueno.

Walk to the top of the hill of cattle with the rancher on it. Stand next to the rancher. Do not laugh at the out-of-town children asking, “What are these, reindeer?” Point your phone over your shoulder and snap! I will say, this spot would probably not convert well to an evening photo.

Difficulty of Photo: 1 out of 5

Cost: Free!

Parking: There are at least two free lots surrounding the Plaza, and lots of meters.

 

The Joule Hotel: The Eyeball (1530 Main St.)

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This big eyeball downtown has been a bit controversial. It’s been graffitied. It’s now locked up. You are not welcome inside the fence except for special events. They have surveillance.

Trying to snap a selfie under these circumstances is tricky. In this selfie, it was about 10:00 a.m. and the sun was in only shining on the eye. Just focus up on the brighter object. You can always lighten a bit later.

Difficulty of photo: 4 out of 5

Cost: $

Parking: Metered

 

Trinity Overlook Park: The Infamous Bridge Selfie (Beckley and Commerce St.)

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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge became an almost instant Dallas icon, after it was built. Everyone and their mom seems to have this selfie one Instagram, and you want it too!

To get to Trinity Overlook Park, head north on Beckley from Colorado. When you see the sign for Commerce East, Commerce West, take a slight right toward Commerce East. There should be parking available there immediately on your right.

To get this shot, I walked toward the Commerce bridge and stopped right where traffic merged.

Difficulty of Photo: 1 out of 5

Cost: Free!

Parking: Roadside

 

Margaret McDermott Bridge: Future Icon

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While you’re at Trinity Overlook Park, you may as well snap a shot of the new construction. This bridge is sure to be a future Dallas icon. You’ll have the photo that shows you were there while it was being built!

I stood under a sign to avoid too much sun in this shot. Be creative! It’s an easy one to get. If the sun is an issue remember to focus your phone on the brighter object. Whatever’s in darkness, you can lighten it later.

Difficulty of Photo:1 out of 5

Cost: Free

Parking: Roadside

 

Skyline: The Whole Shebang

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The last picture to capture at Trinity Overlook Park is the glorious Dallas skyline. Make sure to include Reunion Tower and Fountain Place, the pointy building on the left, because they bookend the view.

Carefully cross the street from the park. The grass on this side is a bit marshy, so your shoes may get a bit muddy. It’s worth for your crown jewel photo. At this point you should be a Dallas selfie expert! Point and shoot!

Difficulty of Photo: 1 out of 5

Cost: Free

Parking: Roadside