When the words, “visit” and “U.S.” come together in a sentence, they evoke vivid images of frenzied shopping sprees across extravagant malls for some, fond memories of delicious food, overwhelming scents and warm smiles in cozy eateries for others, and even more meticulously go over the countless grand and proud monuments, landmarks, and tourist sites they were awed by.
Thoughts of nature, more specifically parks, don’t come into play nearly enough to do them justice. Today, we rectify that with a list of 5 downright, must-see parks for both urban go-getters and those in touch with Mother Earth. If San Francisco’s infamous Dolores Park’s bustling crowd is too overbearing, a day at the tranquil Fort Williams Park may be more your cup of tea. In any case, tourists will never be left wanting in terms of scenery, repute, and activities.
1. Liberty Park In Salt Lake City
Alongside children’s play areas, picnic spots, and courts for various sports accompanied by a greenhouse and the Liberty Heights Fresh market, it touts both America’s biggest bird park in the form of Tracy Aviary and the Chase Home Museum of Utah Art – the prime place for Utah’s community to share traditional crafts with people all over the world.
2. Fort William Park In Cape Elizabeth
This 90-acre park comes overlooked by the towering Portland Head Light, one of America’s most ancient lighthouses and the hauntingly alluring ruins of the Goddard Mansion. If that doesn’t take your breath away, the stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean will surely do the trick. With goods from the nearby C Salt Gourmet Market, visitors are in for a peaceful, not-so-little treat.
3. Transmitter Park In Brooklyn
A delight for both children and adults, this shoreline beauty houses not just natural, green areas with a special maritime themed play place for children encompassing the heart of the park with spraying showers and gardens, but also different places for fishing and active recreation for adults. Viewing midtown Manhattan in all its brilliance with some baked goodies in hand from Oven.ly, a praiseworthy bakery just a skip away, wins us over completely.
4. Gas Works Park In Seattle
Don’t let the name throw you off – with the industrial Seattle Gas Light Company plants (semi transformed into a children’s barn) on one side and being the contraposition of Lake Union on the other, it’d be a time missed not scouring this 20.5 acre park’s lawns and shores from the Fremont Sunday Market.
5. Dolores Park In San Francisco
With a wonderful view of the Mission district, San Francisco Mime Troupe acts, picnic spaces, and recreational activities galore with a mouthwatering meal from The Sandwich Place, what’s there to think twice about? We’ll tell you. Absolutely nothing!