Exploring a National Park can be a breathtaking experience. City dwellers don’t always have that luxury. However, many cities around the world are home to stunning urban parks. These are our favorites.
Central Park, New York City
This sprawling park in the center of Manhattan is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The space is ideal for outdoor activities like running, bicycling, rowboating, picnicking and sunbathing. Famous park landmarks include Strawberry Fields, Wollman Rink and Bethesda Fountain.
Civic Space Park, Phoenix
Opened in 2009, Civic Space Park is a modern urban escape. The artfully designed park draws energy from solar panels. Food trucks, concerts, art installations and a splash fountain draw visitors. Light rail and bus stations are located steps away.
Namba Parks, Osaka
Namba Parks provides a contrast to Osaka’s dense urban environment. The structure spans eight levels of a 30-story office and shopping complex. Rock formations, trees, lawns, streams, waterfalls and cliffs make up the site.
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Located on the edge of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park attracts millions of visitors annually. With skyline views, a portion of seawall surrounds the park. Family-friendly activities are ample here.
Park Güell, Barcelona
Park Güell is more a work of art than a park. Designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudì, the park features dazzling mosaics and stone structures inspired by nature. The park sits atop a hill — perfect for panoramic views of Barcelona.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.