Why it’s so great: Known as the "hill country of Dallas," Cedar Hill is a unique town about 25 minutes south of Dallas with an elevation about 800ft above sea level. But aside from having an Austin-like topography, it boasts a charming Downtown square and tons of outdoorsy activities. Start by taking a stroll in the plaza, and make sure to snap a picture in front of Cedar Hill Barbers, previously the location of the famous Cedar Hill Bank, once robbed by Raymond Hamilton, a sidekick of Bonnie and Clyde. For your caffeine fix, stop by White Rhino Coffee House. Whatever you do, don’t leave without visiting Cedar Hill State Park, home to over 1,826 wooded acres, along with bobcats, coyotes, foxes, squirrels, armadillos, and raccoons.
Must-do: If you’re a mountain-bike rider, and even if you’re not, Cedar Hill has over 45 miles of multi-purpose trails and bikeways. The DORBA Trail, located in Cedar Hill State Park, is known for the best mountain biking trails in the state, which are also used for hiking if you prefer two feet instead of two wheels.