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The 20 Most Instagrammed Places in Dallas

While Dallas is known for its photogenic skyline -- a gateway visible from miles away as you approach -- it’s what’s inside that counts, too. We have parks, museums, and loads of music venues that are always ready for their close-up -- and are therefore Instagram-famous. We’ve culled some geotagging data to find the most Instagrammed spots in town. Here are the top 20, so that you can go 'Gram any your feed is currently missing.

20. The Joule

Favorite vistas at this refreshed downtown hotel include the stylish lobby decked with artwork, the Taschen Library, and the haunting eyeball sculpture across Main Street.

19. Granada Theater

This throwback music venue overlooks Lower Greenville in all its old-timey splendor. Waiting in line for a killer show here is a rite of Dallasite passage.

18. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Credit the Insta popularity of this conference hub to Mary Kay sales ladies (who host their gigantic national gatherings here), out-of-towners visiting for business, and conventioneers.

17. Perot Museum

From giant geodes and towering dinosaur skeletons to that funky glass escalator shaft on the side of the building, the photography options abound.

16. The Bomb Factory

The spectacular lighting system at this new Deep Ellum performance venue serves as photo inspiration to many a Dallas Instagrammer.

15. Downtown Dallas

Rain or shine, night and day, our iconic skyline is the gleaming beacon that tells you you’re home. You know, especially driving back from outlying nether ‘burbs like Waxahachie.

14. Dallas West End Historic District

Gawk at the school book depository. Snap photos of the grassy knoll. Heck, roll around on the grassy knoll. Just for heaven’s sake watch out for traffic before you step onto the “X” in the street where everything went down.

13. Reunion Tower

The most recognizable building in our skyline was always pretty spectacular, but since its lighting system has gotten an upgrade allowing it to flash colors and even match nearby buildings, there’s even more reason to look upward.

12. Hilton Anatole

With a stunning, spacious lobby and the largest art collection you’ll find in any American hotel, this Stemmons Corridor hotel is prime for glamorous shots.

11. Truck Yard

Food trucks, a cheesesteak joint, and a treehouse walked into a bar, leading to the birth of this cool outdoor hangout on Lower Greenville. Instagrams tend to be split between scenery and great food.

10. The Rustic

It’s tough not to want to capture this rollicking Uptown bar/restaurant’s vibrant marquee, hence its frequent cameos in Instagrams of performances on the stage just below it, and selfies galore.

9. Galleria Dallas

This North Dallas mega-mall’s centerpiece skating ring -- especially when anchored by a giant Christmas tree -- is the focal point of most Instagram captures.

8. South Side Ballroom

Part of the huge Gilley’s Dallas entertainment venue, this Cedars-area concert hall welcomes touring and local acts big and small.

7. Gexa Energy Pavilion

‎Whether you still call it the Starplex or the Smirnoff, this venerable South Dallas music venue’s amphitheater lawn -- and the concert-goers always crammed upon it -- gives photos a touch of visual interest.

6. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Blushing brides and bloom enthusiasts alike know this is the spot to snap breathtaking photos of vibrant flowers, manicured trees, and views of White Rock Lake. If you’re here during one of the arb’s many whimsical seasonal exhibits, bonus!

5. Dallas Museum of Art

Let’s face it: art inspires art. So it’s no wonder the Instys get a bit classed up when folks step into the Arts District showplace.

4. Klyde Warren Park

Pretty vistas of fountains, greenery, and the vast downtown skyline serve as the perfect selfie backdrop at this Arts District park.

3. House of Blues

Dallas sure loves its music venues, and this Victory Park concert hall brings in a steady stream of big and small acts. Especially Insta-worthy? The private, lushly decorated Foundation Room upstairs.

2. State Fair of Texas

Between Big Tex, the colossal Ferris wheel, and the gargantuan Cotton Bowl, it’s nearly impossible not to get a breathtaking shot at our annual carnival.

1. American Airlines Center

With rows, rows, and more rows of seating here, you might think it tough to get a great snapshot from the nosebleeds, but once the lights are up, there’s not a bad view in the house.

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Farah Fleurima is a Dallas-based food writer who Instagrams as many plates of food as she does local monuments. Follow her on Twitter at @TheDallasDiva