If you’re looking to enjoy a little bit of city and a little bit of nature on your next journey, city parks are the best of both worlds. An oasis within a booming metropolis, there are many incredible parks all over the United States perfectly nestled in between skyscrapers. Make sure to hit up one of our top five favorites on your next vacation.

Central Park

The obvious choice that needs to be included on this list is none other than Central Park in New York City. Not much needs to be said about this iconic park, but it’s an absolute must-see if you’ve never been. Check out the Strawberry Fields’ Imagine Mosaic, honoring the late John Lennon who lived just across the street, or hop in to a gondola for a relaxing ride on the lake. Whether you’re into snapping gorgeous photos of scenery and architecture or enjoying cultural, artistic experiences such as Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park has something for everyone.

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Central Park, New York City

Griffith Park

Another popular city park is Griffith Park, located in Los Angeles, California. You can consider this the Central Park of the West Coast. Stop into the Griffith Observatory for a planetarium show that will please the whole family or pick up tickets to a show at the Greek Theater. If you’re heading here with kids, the Los Angeles Zoo is sure to please children of all ages, but for those more interested in the past of Los Angeles, the remains of the former Griffith Park Zoo are a great place to enjoy a picnic and learn about the history of a place that once was.

Fairmount Park

A staple of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fairmount Park is most famously known for the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. Those interested in art will know this museum as being full of amazing pieces of work from many famous artists. Those interested in film will recognize this building as the famous location where Rocky ended his famous workout montage. No matter what interests you, Fairmount Park has something from everyone.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art.   Photo Credit: Philamuseum.org

Gas Works Park

Located in Seattle, the history of Gas Works Park is just as interesting as what inhabits it now. Formerly the site of the Seattle Gas Light Company’s gasification plant, this Washington State community staple is now a sprawling, green oasis for locals and tourists alike. With a great view of the Seattle skyline, this park is perfect for enjoying nature and a bustling city all at the same time. If you’re not from the area, you’ll find yourself checking out Seattle real estate in no time so you can visit all year.

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Rock Creek Park

A must-see next time you’re in the country’s capital, Rock Creek Park is a true piece of nature without the refined edges that are apparent in many city parks. After walking through Washington D.C. all day, you’ll really forget you’re in a big city when you step foot on the lush, green grass. While in town, make sure you check out the pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, as the admission is completely free to all.

Smithsonian Castle – Washington, DC

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