Greenery and open skies can be hard to come by among the towering skyscrapers and busy streets of the city that never sleeps. But even the pavement pounders need to escape the steel and smog every once in a while. Luckily, New York City has more than a few spaces in which to find natural solace.
Probably the most famous and most obvious refuge is the 2.5-mile patch of nature where bicycle paths, expansive lawns and shady trees abound. Roller bladers, cyclists, and runners take advantage of the miles of paths that circle the park. This haven of park space makes you feel like you have left Manhattan, but a quick glance toward the sky to view the surrounding buildings reminds you you’re in the center of one of the busiest cities in the world.
A short, cross-river subway ride out to Brooklyn takes you to the sprawling hills of Prospect Park. Slightly more remote than Central Park, this park is a dream for dogs and their Frisbees, and picnic fans who just want to get away from the city’s crowds.
This narrow, two-mile-long strip of land between Manhattan and Long Island can be reached by tram and is home to Southpoint Park on the south end, and the North Point lighthouse on the north end, approximately 20 minutes on foot from each other.
The High Line
Situated on the Lower West Side of Manhattan and nestled atop an old railway line, the High Line is a stretch of park space that features walkways, art displays and various plants and flowers.
This smaller but very centrally located square is tucked in the middle of New York University. It doesn’t offer as much nature as some of the others, but grassy knolls and dog parks help city dwellers escape the concrete for a brief moment.
Winter in Boston is a magical experience; from a stroll across the frosted Public Gardens to holiday shopping on Newbury Street, the festive season comes alive in Boston.
A perfect New England holiday season awaits in Central Massachusetts. West of Boston, the state offers plenty of small-town holiday charm and events.
Spain’s capital brims with historical sites, tapas and neighborhoods to explore. Home to world-class art museums, breathtaking architecture and a spectacular dining scene, Madrid is a feast for all senses. If you only have two days to explore the city, don’t worry. We spoke with Four Seasons Hotel Madrid’s concierge team to give you the best insight for your short trip to Madrid.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
For travelers looking for a dessert escape this holiday season, Oasis at Death Valley awaits. Ancient waters bubble up from the ground to support an entire ecosystem at Oasis at Death Valley, a secluded resort tucked into the dramatic desert setting off Death Valley National Park.