More than 979,219 visitors from all 50 states, as well as 90 countries, came through our gates in 2018. The Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world and the number of honors is so extensive it is listed on our website. The Dallas Arboretum is proud to offer the public an array of popular annual events, educational programs for children and adults, and an emphasis on family-oriented activities. Ground-breaking horticultural research conducted in our Trial Gardens continues to contribute to an important body of knowledge, both regionally and nationally. Located on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum’s 66 acres include a complete life science laboratory with endless potential for discovery. The Arboretum has a 75-member Board of Directors, 120 full-time paid staff members, 50+ part-time paid staff members, and more than 273 active volunteers. The Future Because the Arboretum is younger than many of the nation’s botanic gardens and arboreta, there is still considerable room for growth and development of the gardens as well as its research and education efforts. The Arboretum is now completing an update of its 2001 Master Plan for the development of the remaining undeveloped spaces at the Arboretum. The Master Plan also provides for an extension of the tram path to encompass the entire area. The Story The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden was founded upon the dreams of a few visionaries with a passion for preserving both history and nature. Though the gardens themselves are comparatively young, the work that went into creating the current gardens began long ago. The historic DeGolyer house on the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens: • In 1974, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society (DABS) adopted bylaws, elected officers, and incorporated as a nonprofit organization. • In 1977, the City of Dallas Park Board recommended that the grounds of the DeGolyer Estate, which the city purchased from Southern Methodist University, be the official location of the botanical garden. The city encouraged DABS to raise funds for the initial costs. • During 1978 and 1979, DABS membership and awareness increased. Both business and local citizens began to support of the Arboretum project. • By 1980, DABS had raised over one million dollars and purchased the 22-acre Alex Camp House, which is adjacent to the DeGolyer Estate. Both houses are located on White Rock Lake. • In 1982, the City of Dallas and DABS signed a contract creating an arboretum and botanical garden on the combined 66 acres of the DeGolyer and Camp properties. The gardens opened to the public for the first time in 1984. Dallas Arboretum 8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas 75218 Phone: 214-515-6615
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Sonoma, California GETTY IMAGES Best for: winos “For those who have ‘been there, done that’ with Napa and want something a little cheaper and more laid-back, Sonoma is the place to be for wine and food on the West Coast,” says Stein. Head to the boutique property West Sonoma Inn & Spa, which is located in the heart of Sonoma wine country and is situated near (I kid you not) 130 vineyards. Bonus: You technically don’t have to leave the property for vineyard views or wine tastings.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico GETTY IMAGES Best for: spa lovers If you’re going to get away, you may as well turn the trip into a full-blown pampering session. “Santa Fe is great if you love spas,” says millennial travel planner and expert Maggie Stein of In The Know Experiences, a vacation and event-planning company. “It’s like Sedona, Arizona, with the desert and wellness vibe but without the high price tag.” Book a weekend at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, which is set on 70 beautiful acres, all fed by natural springs. The hotel offers a large array of wellness activities from yoga to cooking, and it also has an on-site spa that combines Eastern and Western therapies.
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Bath, UK GETTY IMAGES Best for: Bath bomb collectors If soaking in a tub on a Friday night is your idea of a perfect evening, then you have to visit the thermal baths built by the Romans in this UNESCO world heritage city. It’s the ultimate spa destination for you and your girlfriends. But if you prefer your accommodations to have more of a modern feel, stay in the new Apex Hotel located in the city center.
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Reykjavik, Iceland GETTY IMAGES Best for: whimsical wanderers The sun never sets on the country’s capital. No, literally, during the summer, the sun barely sets, meaning you can wander the city all night if you please. Stay in the heart of the city on Reykjavik’s main shopping drag, Laugavegur, at Alda Hotel Reykjavik. Enjoy the stars or Northern Lights from the outdoor hot tub, or decompress after a long day in the tranquil indoor sauna. Then if you’re feeling adventurous, plan a trip to the famed Blue Lagoon for swoon-worthy Insta shots.
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Paris, France Best for: cultural connoisseurs Head to the banks of the Seine to soak in art, fashion, and of course, some of the world’s best food and wine. Visit iconic pieces of art at the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay. Indulge in history lessons with a day trip to Versailles or Normandy (we recommend travel company City Wonders.) Stay central by booking a room at Room Mate Alain, the latest offering from European boutique hotel chain Room Mate. Its first outpost in France is built inside a Parisian townhouse just minutes from the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous avenue, Champs-Élysées. Plus, its plush lobby bar will serve as the perfect backdrop for your group pic.
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Charleston, South Carolina GETTY IMAGES Best for: scenic strollers Cosmo’s assistant editor Taylor Andrews recently visited Charleston to find love. But while she was there, she also found a totally incredible vacation experience made for your girls. “Walk around the adorable flea market and to the famous pineapple fountain to get your IG glam shot,” she says. “Then take a breezy stroll along the waterfront park or go on a shopping spree on King Street.” And of course, eat all the Southern food at famous restaurants like Husk and Lewis Barbecue. Make a reservation at Market Pavilion Hotel in downtown Charleston, says Andrews. “It’s central to everywhere and provides bedtime robes perfect for you and your squad.”
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Miami, Florida GETTY IMAGES Best for: never-ending spring breaks Hit South Beach during the day, spend happy hour in Wynwood’s arts and entertainment district, and then dance the night away at one of Miami's legendary nightclubs. (BTW, LIV is great for spotting celebs.) Stay beachfront at The Miami Beach EDITION, which boasts its own private beach as well as two ocean-facing outdoor pools. Swing by its hip food hall, Market, for a bite before you head to the hotel’s basement, where there’s a club and a bowling alley.
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Mexico City, Mexico GETTY IMAGES Best for: foodies and adventurers Mexico City has something for almost everyone in your group. Visit stunning open-air food markets, Frida Kahlo’s home and studio, the Xochimilco canals for a festive boat ride, or the ancient Teotihuacan pyramids, which are only a short car-ride away. Indulge in tacos and tamales on nearly every street corner and for fancier meals, make a reservation at Contramar or Pujol. Stay in the heart of one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, La Condesa, at the Maria Condesa. Book a spa suite for your own in-room sauna or traverse the city in style with the free bike rental the hotel provides.
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New Orleans, Louisiana GETTY IMAGES Best for: party-starters “Everyone knows that New Orleans is the place to hear some good music and eat and drink," says Stein. If that’s what you’re looking for, stay at The Ace Hotel. “With its own concert venue, restaurants, and super-popular rooftop bar and pool, it’s the coolest game in town and perfect for a group of friends looking to have a good time in the Big Easy,” Stein suggests.
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Machu Picchu, Peru GETTY IMAGES Best for: crossing off your bucket list Hike the world-famous Inca trail for breathtaking views and physical challenges that will definitely strengthen your bond with your besties. But consider yourself warned: Due to erosion, a limited number of trekkers can hike the trail every day, so make sure you book your ticket well in advance. Or skip the trail altogether and take a bus directly to the mountain from the Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel.
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Brooklyn, New York GETTY IMAGES Best for: local-culture seekers Over the past few years, Brooklyn has been making its mark as the capital of cool. With its dive bars, artisan clothing shops, and quaint bistros, you won’t even want to cross the bridge into Manhattan. You can, however, get a good view of the island from 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, a new hotel in DUMBO overlooking the East River. “It’s a hot spot for locals because of its incredible rooftop and on-site restaurants—and some of the rooms even have hammocks,” says Stein.
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Amalfi Coast, Italy GETTY IMAGES Best for: Insta aficionados Cliffs dart sharply into the Mediterranean in this idyllic region in southern Italy. Journey between a series of picturesque towns on the coast, like Sorrento and Positano. Then take a day to see Mount Vesuvius and tour the remains of Pompeii. For spectacular views of the coast, stay at the Hotel Le Fioriere in Praiano. A lot of the restaurants, hotels, and fun things (general, but you know what I mean, right?) are closed between November and Easter, so you’ll want to plan your trip accordingly.
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Cologne, Germany GETTY IMAGES Best for: Christmas lovers Located in the north of Germany, Cologne, is another European city that looks straight out of a Disney movie. Visit during the holidays to explore its famous Christmas markets, where you can eat more gingerbread and drink more mulled wine than any human should be allowed to. Then stay next to the city’s iconic gothic cathedral spires at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands GETTY IMAGES Best for: the culturally curious Amsterdam, this city is seriously gorgeous. Walk or cycle by the many canals, eat more Stroop waffles than you thought physically possible, and visit one of the many fantastic art museums. Of course, there’s always the Red Light District and the coffee shops, where you can enjoy a number of marijuana products (weed is totally legal throughout the Netherlands, you guys!). Stay at the classy Ambassade Hotel, which is super close to all the action.
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Bali, Indonesia GETTY IMAGES Best for: getting away from it all You can’t get closer to spiritual paradise than Bali. With its dreamy beaches and stunning waterfalls, it’s hardly a surprise that the island is also a hot spot for yoga retreats. If you want to get in touch with nature, book a stay at the cliffside Kanyon Resort. Namaste, ladies
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Barcelona, Spain GETTY IMAGES Best for: art appreciators The unique architecture in this Spanish town makes it feel like walking into a painting. See Picasso’s masterpieces at the Museu Picasso and try and decipher the modern art instillations at MACBA, all of which are a short walk away from the H10 Madison. If museums aren’t your thing, there are plenty of beaches and lots of sangria to keep you happy.
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Belgrade, Serbia GETTY IMAGES Best for: vacation hipsters Literally meaning “white city,” this up-and-coming destination is still relatively unknown on Europe’s tourist trail. Party on the Danube river, get lost in the Belgrade Fortress, or see The Prestige IRL at the Tesla Museum. For an old-school glam vibe, stay in the iconic Hotel Moskva (Hotel Moscow).
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Bend, Oregon GETTY IMAGES Best for: people who live outdoors Do you like insanely beautiful landscapes? Do you love being outside and staying active? Do you also like having delicious food and plenty of spas to come home to at the end of a long day? Bend, Oregon, is exactly where you want to be. “Bend is a hidden gem in the Pacific Northwest that’s perfect for outdoorsy types," says Stein. Stay at the new Springhill Suites, which is within walking (or running, if you’re feeling #fit) distance of the downtown Old Mill District, an area full of great shops and restaurants, and a quick ride (by bike or car) to the trails.
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Berlin, Germany GETTY IMAGES Best for: techno fans There’s a reason Berlin is famous for its nightlife. From the notoriously difficult-to-get-into Berghain to the tourist-friendly Matrix Club, there’s something there for everyone. When you’re not partying, the city is also rich in history and culture. Check out contemporary street art on the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, or pay your respects at The Holocaust Memorial. Stay in the heart of it all at the Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof.