Texas Star, I-30 from the East
Whether you're driving in from Tyler or Shreveport, you'll know you are in Dallas when you see the Texas Star, the iconic Ferris wheel on the Fair Park grounds. Sitting at 216 feet high, the Texas Star is the largest Ferris wheel in Texas and the most popular ride at the State Fair of Texas. The fair runs for three weeks from the end of September to mid-October.
Dallas Zoo Giraffe, I-35 from the South
The Dallas Zoo giraffe statue is the first to greet zoo visitors and folks driving into Dallas. The 67-foot-tall statue can be seen from I-35 for visitors driving into the city from Austin, Waco and many other cities south of Dallas. If you're looking to make a small pitstop, spend some time at the Dallas Zoo and meet the real-life giraffes. You'll even have an opportunity to feed them too! Book your tickets in advance, as the zoo is currently only selling admission and parking tickets in advance.
Miller Lite Waterfall Billboard, I-35 from the West / North
The iconic waterfall on I-35 has been one of the city's favorite landmarks since it was built in 1962 as part of San Antonio's Pearl Brewing Co's billboard and has storied history. From college students sneaking in to jump in the waterfall to being dyed in red or orange for Texas-OU Weekend, the waterfall has played a part in in the lives of many Dallasites.
A few other notable landmarks around the city:
The original landmark is now located in front of the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas and has become the backdrop for several Instagram posts for visitors and locals alike. The Pegasus has long been a symbol synonymous with Dallas, but originally was the logo for Magnolia Oil Co., which later became Exxon Mobil. It stood atop the Magnolia Building, which is now the Magnolia Hotel. The hotel pays tribute to its history with a replica of the original Pegasus atop the building and inside the hotel lobby.
For more than 40 years, Reunion Tower has been a part of Dallas' iconic skyline. Its bright ball of lights is long known for its colorful designs that give a glimpse of what's going on in the city – whether it's a holiday or cheering on the Dallas Cowboys or another one of Dallas' sports teams, Reunion Tower shines bright every night. Visitors can also go inside the tower onto the GeO Deck, the Tower's observation deck with perfect views of the city skyline from 470 feet in the air.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Another sign you've arrived in Dallas: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The bridge's 400-foot steel arch can be seen from miles away and is a clear sign you have arrived in Dallas. Located near Trinity Groves, the bridge is minutes away from a diverse center of local restaurants. Grab a margarita at Beto and Son while you enjoy the Downtown views on the patio or take a stroll on the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge directly across from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge next to Trinity Groves.