When you think of Dallas, Texas (also known as "The Big D"—yes, Dallas residents really do call it that), your first thoughts are most likely those of big hair, big jewelry, and big homes—after all, everything is bigger in Texas. You most likely don't think of nature, but, in the center of Dallas, there is a haven called Whiterock lake. With a perimeter of 9.23 miles, Dallas locals come often for relaxation by the water, a walk with a friend, or a session with a training group for an Ironman. Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake, so sailboats drift by lazily in the hot summer sun. The lake borders the Dallas Arboretum, a gorgeous botanical garden perfect for a picnic and a summer concert venue. If you're in town and need a little R&R, Whiterock Lake is your place.