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You know them when you see them: classic spots that are full of local character, selfie-worthy and, in a word, iconic. Many are in neighborhoods where you can browse shops, enjoy spring weather, and grab a bite or sip. Better yet, they're DARTable.
Dallas' Margaret Hunt Hill and Margaret McDermott bridges, the Calatrava-designed sisters spanning the Trinity River, have become symbols of the city. Get a great view of the first at Trinity Groves, the popular showcase for our region's best restaurants and bars. For a postcard shot of both, walk to Trinity Overlook Park, situated halfway between the modern gems. Take in the panorama, or hit the connecting trail to get up close. Bus Routes 52 and 59 take you to Trinity Groves; Routes 12 and 35 go directly to the overlook. Cyclists can take DART to Victory Station and pedal across the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge.
Irving's Mustangs at Las Colinas, near the Las Colinas Urban Center Station, is a must-see. This larger-than-life sculpture captures a herd of bronze horses mid-gallop. An adjacent museum commemorates the impressive piece. Across the street, the new Water Street development soon will add shops and restaurants with lakeside dining. A short walk away, the Toyota Music Factory is a new entertainment mecca with concerts and nightlife. The venue is near the Irving Convention Center Station.
Feeling nostalgic? Farmers Branch Historical Park is a trip back in time. The open-air museum next to Farmers Branch Station traces two centuries of history. Photo opportunities abound, with buildings dating to 1856. There are Victorian cottages, a 19th-century church and - our favorite - an 1870s train depot.
If you've got a little one in tow, Galatyn Park Plaza has plenty going on. The handsome, welcoming public space near Galatyn Park Station has cool station art, extensive landscaping and an awesome fountain that's perfect for some fun splashing. The plaza is great at night, too, when you can enjoy the fountain's sculptural effects before catching a show at the nearby Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.
In Downtown Rowlett, the mixed-use Village of Rowlett project is adding tenants and a public library. Nearby, Bankhead Brewing Co. is a popular destination for beer aficionados, and the area has a growing roster of restaurants and shops, such as the home-décor studio Farmhouse Living. The neighborhood's centerpiece is a limestone, obelisk clock tower in the middle of a roundabout near the new development. It's a great place to snap a selfie.