Urban parks are often recognized as some of the most popular destinations in United States travel. Spending time exploring these lush gardens, which are often located in the heart of a bustling metropolis, offers you the chance to get a break from the noisy city streets. There are many world famous parks in the U.S. including the likes of New York City's Central Park or Chicago's Grant Park, and while both have plenty offer, there are some other lesser known urban parks that are worth a visit.
Forest Park, St. Louis
Covering more than 1,370 acres, Forest Park has been an integral part of St. Louis since the late 19th century. Its picturesque landscape played host to the 1904 Summer Olympics, and since then it has grown to become among the most popular destinations in the Gateway to the West. There is more to do than just walk around the grounds, as well. You should make a point to visit the St. Louis Zoo, which as first opened nearly 110 years ago. Additionally, The Municipal Theater Association of St. Louis - affectionately known as The Muny - is one of the best outdoor amphitheaters in the region.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
San Francisco is home to some of the most impressive tourist destinations in the U.S., and Golden Gate Park is no exception. The park is about 20 percent larger than Central Park and attracts an estimated 13 million visitors each year, which makes it among the most popular parks in the country, and with good reason. Among it's best features is the San Francisco Botanical Garden which is home to more than 50,000 individual plants. Golden Gate Park is also famous for its two functioning windmills, both of which date back to the early 20th century.
High Line, New York City
Although Central Park will always be the most recognizable park in the Big Apple, the High Line gives it a run for its money. Constructed out of an old elevated railway line, the High Line is 1.45 miles of greenway along the lower side of Manhattan. It may not have the size of other urban parks, but the High Line certainly makes up for it thanks to its unique design. Where else can you walk dozens of feet above the city street while enjoying the relaxing, garden-inspired atmosphere?