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COLLiDE Travel is an interactive collection of city guides curated by local bands, artists and tastemakers. Spanning the globe, hundreds of creatives have shared their favorite local hangs, from the underground to the upscale, and everything in between. So choose a city and start exploring!
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Moonlight Beach

The beaches in Encinitas are some of the best in California. The white sand and rocky bluffs of Moonlight Beach make it a popular destination for surfing, beach volleyball, and its low key vibe.

Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, CA, B Street, Encinitas, San Diego County, CA, United States
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Mission Beach

San Diego’s classic boardwalk beach town features two miles of oceanfront boardwalk, numerous shops, and Belmont Park: a boardwalk amusement park featuring the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster originally built in 1925. Other activities include biking, beach volleyball, boogie boarding, surfing, whale watching, sport fishing and scuba diving.

Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, United States
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Mt. Helix Park

Approximately 1300 feet above sea level, Mt. Helix Park is known for its breathtaking views, hikes to the top along the Yawkey Trail, and beautiful rock formations and native landscape. The park contains an amphitheater and cross memorial at the top.

Mt. Helix Park, Mount Helix Drive, La Mesa, CA, United States
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Assistens Kirkegården

Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen, Denmark, is the burial site of a large number of Danish notables as well as an important greenspace in the Nørrebro district.

Kapelvej 4, 2200 København N, Denmark
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Fremont Troll

The Fremont Troll is a public sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

“I have a soft spot for the Fremont Troll. It’s kind of a cheesy tourist thing, but it feels like old Seattle.”  — Noah Gundersen

Fremont Troll, Troll Avenue North, Seattle, WA, United States
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Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Odette recommends checking out the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. You can learn more about science and botany while exploring beautiful gardens.

Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Indian Canyons

Centuries ago, ancestors of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla (pronounced Kaw-we-ah) Indians settled in the Palm Springs area and developed extensive and complex communities in Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino Canyons.Many traces of these communities exist in the canyons today, including rock art, house pits and foundations, irrigation ditches, dams, reservoirs, trails, and food processing areas.

38500 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
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Twin Peaks

The Twin Peaks are two prominent hills with an elevation of about 925 feet located near the geographic center of San Francisco, California. Only 928 foot Mount Davidson is higher within the city.

Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds.

Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Founded in 1817, Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End and contains a variety of plant collections including a large orchid collection, numerous glasshouses, most notably the magnificent Kibble Palace, and a tea room.

Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE, UK
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UNAM Sculpture Garden

“Also worth visiting is the really spooky UNAM sculpture park which has this crazy amphitheater in the middle of it strewn with volcanic rocks and where you can catch an amazing view of the city.”  — El Búho

UNAM Sculpture Garden, Mexico City, Mexico
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Coyoacán

“I love walking down the little cobbled streets of Coyoacán, not just in the center but also into the area which has this almost village atmosphere to it, dotted with little churches, local celebrations, and feels a long way from the hustle of Juarez or the Zona Rosa.”  — El Búho

Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
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Plaza Garibaldi

“Plaza Garibaldi, even if you are skeptical about its tourist-trap shine, is an experience worth living. Hoards of different groups, mariachi or son jarocho, stalk the square looking for customers to pay them per song upon request. You get a personal experience: a one on one concert of any Mexican classic played right in front of you by these incredible musicians. Well worth it!” —  El Búho

Plaza Garibaldi, Eje Central, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
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San Ángel

“I go for San Ángel for its range of different little boutiques, trendy food shops, tourist wares, and a few little gems hidden around the streets. It was my go to place to take friends looking for a souvenir and also a great place to wander around.”  —  El Búho

San Angel, Mexico City, Mexico
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Desierto de los Leones National Park

National park located entirely within the limits of Mexico City’s Federal District, and is the oldest protected biosphere in Mexico.

Desierto de los Leones, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico
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El Ajusco

El Ajusco is lava dome volcano located just south of Mexico City in the Tlalpan borough.

“There are some really easy and accessible hikes from the city!”  —  El Búho

El Ajusco, Tapalpa, Mexico
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Bosque de Chapultepec

“The Bosques de Chapultepec are a great place to get away from the noise and madness of the city and well worth taking in the quite incredible Museo de Antropología (the best museum in the city!)”  —  El Búho

Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
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Frederiksberg Gardens

Frederiksberg Gardens is the former grounds of beloved Frederik VI, King o Dembark from 1808-1839. A statue of the king can be seen upon entering the gardens. Enjoy a boat tour along the beautiful canals and pass by the Frederiksberg Palace, towering on a hill top, many lovely little bridges, and the Chinese Pavilion that was erected in 1799 as a Royal teahouse.

Smallegade 31, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Jingshan Park

Formerly a private imperial garden attached to the grounds of the Forbidden City until the early 1900’s. The artificial hill Jingshan, is the highest point in Beijing, and at its peak offers breathtaking views of the Forbidden City directly north.

44 Jing Shan Xi Jie, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
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Beihai Park

With a rich history spanning more than a millennia, Beihai Park was formerly an imperial garden, and today serves as a public space filled with gorgeous hills and green all around. Located to the northwest of the Forbidden City.

1 Wen Jin Jie, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
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Collingwood Children’s Farm

The Collingwood Children’s Farm is a not-for-profit, inner city farm situated on the Yarra River in the Melbourne suburb of Abbotsford, Australia. It is adjacent to, and considered part of the larger Abbotsford Convent complex.

18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, VIC, 3067, Australia
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Federation Square

Melbourne’s first public square which also serves as the location for the visitor center and other cultural attractions.

Federation Square/Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Grampians National Park

“I draw inspiration from the nature that surrounds Melbourne. There’s so much to be discovered. The wildlife is all unique to Australia.” — Evan Klar

Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia
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CERES Community Environment Park

Unique, non-profit center offering an organic grocery & cafe, nursery & environmental education.

Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East VIC 3057, Australia
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Federation Square

Federation Square is a purpose built venue for arts, culture and public events on the edge of the CBD of Melbourne.

Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Hampstead Heath

This large, ancient park sits upon one of the highest points in London, offering some of the best views of the city.
The park includes Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park (zoo and butterfly house), an open air Lido, swimming ponds, and wide expanses of grassland and ancient woodland. Pack a picnic and have a dip in one of the swimming ponds and see for yourself why Hampstead Heath has inspired countless films, books and poems from Karl Marx and The Kinks to Notting Hill.

Hampstead Heath, London NW3
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Vauxhall City Farm

Farm and charity organization in Lambeth with a focus on the local community, educational activities, riding lessons, animal therapy, and more. Come say hi to the animals and enjoy a peaceful escape from city life.

Tyers St, Lambeth, London SE11 5HS, UK
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Hampstead Heath

“The views are incredible and you can’t help but be inspired.” -Million Miles

Hampstead Heath, London, UK
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Stoke Newington

“Stoke Newington – Excellent pubs, cafe’s and parks and populated by lots of musicians and dogs.” – Circa Waves

Stoke Newington, London, UK
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London Fields

“London Fields – In the summer this park turns becomes ones of the busiest; full of dogs and BBQs it backs onto Broadway Market which has some of the best street food, pubs and restaurants around.” – Circa Waves

London Fields, London, UK
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Parkland Walk

“The Parkland Walk behind Finsbury Park that goes all the way to Alexandra Palace. It’s an old disused railway line that cuts through the hustle and bustle of the city that gives you a moment of peace as well as some amazing views over the city.” – Circa Waves

Florence Road, London N4 3EY, UK
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Shuni Amphitheater

“An old roman theatre that sounds perfect and is a great place to play outdoors.” — Balkan Beat Box

Amphitheater Shuni, Binyamina-Giv'at Ada, Israel
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The High Line

The High Line is a 1.45-mile long elevated park built on a former New York Central Railroad spur.  It has become one of Manhattan’s most loved public parks since it was opened to the public in 2009.

The High Line, New York, NY, United States
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John V. Lindsay East River Park

Jesse says this park is, “underrated.” The spacious area also hosts, “pick up soccer on the weekends.”-Prelow

FDR Drive, Manhattan, New York, NY 10009, United States
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High Line

Jesse recommends High Line. The 1.45 mile long raised park trail, which was formerly a railroad, serves as inspiration for one of their songs.-Prelow

 

New York, NY 10011, United States
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Msgr. McGolrick Park

“It’s a quaint space filled with birch trees, lined with beautiful, old homes.” — Jeremy & the Harlequins

Msgr. McGolrick Park, Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a 70,000 acres protected area designated a National Recreation Area administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service.

Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport, Coolbaugh Township, PA 18466, USA
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Eagle Rock Reservation

Eagle Rock Reservation is a 408.33-acre forest reserve and recreational park in the First Watchung Mountain of New Jersey, primarily in the communities of West Orange, Montclair, and Verona.

Eagle Rock Reservation, and Ace, Eagle Rock Ave & Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052, USA
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Trail Creek Park

Trail Creek Park offers over 4 miles of mountain bike designated multi-use trails.

200 Trail Creek St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Oconee Forest Park

60-acre natural area with walking trails, a 1.2-mile mountain bike trail, and a 15-acre lake. A 100-year-old forest, home to the largest scarlet oak tree in Georgia.

Athens, Georgia 30606, USA
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Watson Mill Bridge State Park

A 1,018 acre Georgia state park; an ideal spot for a picnic, camping, hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park is named after the Watson Mill Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the state of Georgia.

Athens, Georgia 30606, USA
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Sandy Creek Nature Center

“[It] is an urban oasis with a huge variety of ecosystems — miles of trails through the woods, rivers and creeks, a pond and even restored Piedmont prairie, and I love to spend time in the park.” – Katherine Edison

205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607, USA
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Raven Cliff Falls

Trails through waterfall-filled valley with one of Georgia’s most popular waterfalls.

3000 Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy, Helen, GA 30545, USA
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Cedar Ridge Preserve

Audubon nature preserve offering 9 miles of hiking trails through 600 acres of hill country habitat.

Cedar Ridge Preserve, 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249, USA
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum is considered one of the top arboretums in the world. At 66 acres located on the shores of White Rock Lake, it features 19 gardens, seasonal festivals and events, and much more.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
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Katy Trail

The Katy Trail is a jogging, walking, inline skating, and bicycling path that runs through the Uptown and Oak Lawn areas of Dallas.

Katy Trail (Dallas), Dallas, TX, USA
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White Rock Lake

White Rock Lake is one of Dallas’ most beloved and frequented parks, and is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting. It is home to 33 types of mammals including rabbits, skunks, raccoons, possums, bobcats, red foxes, and minks; reptiles, including rattlesnakes, turtles, lizards, and horned toads; amphibians; and hundreds of bird species, including swans, pelicans, loons, and many more.

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA
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Harry P. Leu Gardens

Enjoy 50 acres of semi-tropical and tropical gardens, landscaped grounds, lakes, and meandering trails shaded by 200-year-old oaks and forests of camellias.

Harry P Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
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Blue Jacket Park

This site originally served as the Orlando Naval Training Center to service personnel known as “Blue Jackets.” In 2000, the City of Orlando designated 75 acres of this historic site as a public park.

2501 General Rees Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
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Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a large municipal park in northwest
Austin, Texas. The park is on the shores of Lake Austin and was
originally called City Park.

1706 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730, USA
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Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. It is located on the grounds of Zilker Park.

2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA
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Barton Creek Greenbelt

This popular urban natural area offers opportunities for biking, hiking, swimming & rock climbing.

3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Red Bud Isle

Lakefront off-leash dog park with 13 acres of recreational space, plus hiking, canoeing & kayaking.

Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746, USA
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Inner Space Cavern

“Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown — You take a big tour through a 10,000 year old cave system. I’ve been coming here since I was 5 years-old and it’s always awesome!”  — The Sword

4200 I-35, Georgetown, TX 78626, United States
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Zilker Park

Zilker Metropolitan Park is a recreational area in south Austin, Texas at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River that comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land

2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704, United States
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Turkey Creek Trail

Turkey Creek Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Lake Hills, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate.

1401-1711 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730
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Treaty Oak

The Treaty Oak is a southern oak tree in Austin, Texas, and the last surviving member of the Council Oaks, a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for Comanche and Tonkawa tribes prior to European settlement of the area.

507 Baylor St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Mayfield Park

“It’s the first place I think of going on my days off; Stone pathways separating multiple lily ponds, and peacocks EVERYWHERE. It’s so peaceful, and there are trails you can wander through surrounding the property. There is a secret waterfront spot I love to go to.”  —  Shy Beast

3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703, United States
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HOPE Outdoor Gallery

“HOPE Outdoor Gallery has a good view of downtown and provides space for an impressive series of graffiti murals.”  —  Austin Basham

1101 Baylor St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Sculpture Falls

Swimming hole near Austin, Texas.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, Austin, TX 78746, United States
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Campbell’s Hole

Swimming hole near Austin, Texas.

Barton Creek, Austin, TX, Austin, TX 78746
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Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell, also known as Covert Park, is a prominent point alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s.

Mount Bonnell, Austin, TX, United States
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Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

“Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is my go-to hike. Beautiful hill country views, lots of variation, free.”  —  Curtis Roush

805 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746, United States
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Dramatic 425-ft. pink granite monolith & wilderness area offering hiking, climbing, camping & more.

16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
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Pedernales Falls State Park

“Pitch a tent at Pedernales State Park. Make sure you look up at the night sky! You’ve never seen starscapes quite like the Hill Country kind.” —  Israel Nash

2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636, USA
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Mount Evans

Mount Evans is the highest summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, and is a popular destination among hikers and campers.

Mt Evans, Colorado 80439, USA
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Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail running for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango, CO.

Colorado Trail, Littleton, CO 80125, USA
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is known for its towering sand dunes, seasonal beaches, and various hiking trails.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado, USA
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Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

Garden of the Gods is a public park and designated National Natural Landmark, recognized for the unique rock formations that dot its landscape.

Garden of the Gods, 1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA
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Washington Park

Washington Park is home to winding cycling paths, various sports facilities, and an elegant boathouse overlooking Smith Lake, and is conveniently located near the bustling Old South Gaylor Street shopping district.

Washington Park, Denver, CO, USA
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Indian Peaks Wilderness

The Indian Peaks Wilderness is a protected wilderness area close to the Denver Metropolitan area, and its picturesque trails and views are popular among hikers, mountaineers, and cross-country skiers alike.

Indian Peaks Wilderness, Arapaho National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
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Poudre Canyon

The Poudre Canyon is a narrow verdant canyon, approximately 40 mi (64 km) long, on the upper Cache la Poudre River in Larimer County, Colorado.

Poudre Canyon Rd, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA
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Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park is an urban park and neighborhood located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado.

Cheesman Park, Denver, CO, USA
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Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is a mountain and ski resort located in Summit County, Colorado, about 75 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70.

Copper Mountain, CO 80443, USA
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Confluence Park

Confluence Park is an urban park encompassing the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River in Denver’s Lower Downtown, a bustling district of 19th-century brick warehouses and storefronts that has been redeveloped since the late 1980s.

Confluence Park, 2250 15th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake, located in Glenwood Canyon, about 7 miles east of Glenwood Springs.  Its cascading waterfalls and natural pools have made Hanging Lake one of the most popular hiking destinations in the state.

Hanging Lake, Colorado 81601, USA
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Rainbow Lakes Trail

Rainbow Lakes Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels.

Rainbow Lakes Campground, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
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Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park, located in Boulder County, offers a number of scenic hiking trails and park activities.

Eldorado Canyon State Park, 9 Kneale Rd, Eldorado Springs, CO 80025, USA
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Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, USA.

Guanella Pass, Colorado 80435, USA
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Inspiration Point Trail

This scenic hiking trail begins at Seven Falls and ends at the original location of the famed author Helen Hunt’s grave site.

Seven Falls Inspiration Point, 2850 S Cheyenne Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, USA
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Rifle Mountain Park

Beautiful wilderness park in Rifle, CO, perfect for camping, fishing, and rock climbing.

Rifle Mountain Park Comm House Rd, Rifle, CO 81650, USA
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre Front Range park established in 1960 has 36 miles of hiking trails.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, 92 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden, CO 80403, USA
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Second Sunday on King Street

Charleston’s most exciting shopping and dining district is King Street, the most unique Main Street in the world. Now on the Second Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, King Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to celebrate Southern Sunday afternoons by welcoming everyone to stroll, shop, dine and enjoy Charleston at its finest.

King St, Charleston, SC, USA
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Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area

3,363 acre Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area is a state preserve on Edisto Island, adjacent to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the largest remaining relatively undeveloped marine and estuarine wetland ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast. The area is used for nesting by endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

Botany Bay Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA
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Bull Island

Bull Island, also known as “Bulls Island”, is a breathtaking estuary housing loggerhead sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, 293 bird species including bald eagles, Alligator Alley and Boneyard Beach – a forest stranded in the surf. The result of surf that is steadily moving sand away from this end of the island, there’s hundreds of oaks, cedars and pines that are left behind that, weathered by the salt and sun, create a skeletonized forest in the sand.

Bulls Island Rd, Awendaw, SC 29429, USA
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Capers Island

Capers Island is a state-owned barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean in Charleston County, South Carolina about 15 miles north of the city of Charleston.

Capers Island, South Carolina 29429, USA
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Edisto Island

Edisto Island is one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands, the larger part of which lies in Charleston County, with its southern tip in Colleton County.

Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA
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Edisto Beach State Park

Rich in Native American history, Edisto Beach is one of four oceanfront state parks in South Carolina and features trails for hiking and biking and an environmental education center with exhibits that highlight the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin.

Edisto Beach State Park, 8377 State Cabin Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA
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Folly Beach

Referred to by locals as the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach offers beautiful sunrises and sunsets, a rich history, good food and expansive beaches.

Folly Beach, SC, USA
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Hampton Park

Hampton Park is one of Charleston’s largest parks and is known for its extensive floral displays including an old rose collection and seasonal displays.

30 Mary Murray Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Kiawah Island

This barrier island is a little oasis. From wooded uplands to the beaches, animals thrive in the rich natural environment of Kiawah Island. Deer, bobcats, gray foxes, raccoons, river otters, and ospreys are just a few of the many animals that can be found here. 

Kiawah Island, SC, USA
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Shem Creek Park

Shem Creek offers boardwalks with beautiful views of the creek and surrounding wetlands. Enjoy the many trails, seafood restaurants, boats, fishing and more.

Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
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Sullivan’s Island

Nestled at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor and neighbor to the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island is an inviting mix of wide beaches and watersports, history and folklore, local restaurants and shops, peace and perfect – just minutes from Charleston.

Sullivan's Island, SC, USA
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Wadmalaw Island

Historical island known in more recent times for its tea production including, The Lipton Tea Company who operated here from 1960 until 1987. It was then converted into The Charleston Tea Plantation. It’s American Classic Tea has been the official tea of the White House since 1987. In 2003, Bigelow Tea Company purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation and is one of the last remaining working tea farm’s in America. Wadmalaw now also produces Firefly, a sweet tea flavored vodka.

 

Wadmalaw Island, SC, USA
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Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is a twelve-acre park along the Charleston Harbor known for its many fountains, including the Charleston Pineapple Fountain (pictured) where many people make a wish.

1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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White Point Garden

Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, this prominent landmark provides a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. It was first used as a public garden in 1837. With the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a fortification for the city. Many of the historic mortars and cannons from the Civil War used to shell as well as defend the city can be found here.

 

2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Colonial Lake

“It’s right by the house we used to live on Ashley Ave (Our EP is named after Ashley Avenue.) It’s got free wifi and is our favorite afternoon getaway. Walking around the lake is an unusual experience in an urban metro.” — SondorBlue

Colonial Lake, Charleston, SC, United States
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Cannon Park

“Close to where we lived when recording our recent E.P. Lots of dogs and an overall great hangout. The giant pillars in the middle of the park were once part of a museum.” — SondorBlue

Cannon Park, Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC, United States
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East Bay Street

“East Bay Street lines the water and there is a lot of history, cobble stone roads, and restaurants.” — SondorBlue

East Bay Street, Charleston, SC, United States
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Devil’s Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake State Park is a state park located in the Baraboo Range in eastern Sauk County, just south of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Devil’s Lake State Park is the biggest state park in Wisconsin. 

Devil's Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, USA
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Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area is a nature reserve of Wisconsin, USA, that includes a deep gorge formed during the retreat of the last glacier. Pewit’s Nest is outside of Baraboo in Sauk County.

Pewits Nest, County Rd W, Baraboo, WI 53913, USA
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University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum is a teaching and research facility of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the site of historic research in ecological restoration.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711, USA
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located in Madison, Wisconsin. Named for its founder, Michael Olbrich, the gardens are owned and operated jointly by the City of Madison Parks and the non-profit Olbrich Botanical Society.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704, USA
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Yahara Place Park

Park in Madison, Wisconsin

Yahara Place Park, 2025 Yahara Pl, Madison, WI 53704, USA
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Tenney Park Rink

Beautiful park with a large lake featuring seasonal fishing, swimming, Pontoon boat rides, and ice skating.

1414 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703, USA
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James Madison Park

James Madison Park is a 12-acre waterfront park located on Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. It is owned by the city of Madison.

614 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703, USA
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Picnic Point

Mile-long peninsula in a nature preserve with bench-lined walking path & an old pump water fountain.

2002 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705, USA
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Stricker’s Pond

Stricker’s Pond is Middleton’s largest kettle pond at approximately 30 acres in size. The pond and its surrounding watershed contain around 557 acres.

Stricker's Pond, Wisconsin, USA
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Lake Mendota

Lake Mendota is the northernmost and largest of the four lakes in Madison, Wisconsin.

Lake Mendota, Wisconsin 53706, USA
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Blue Mound State Park

Blue Mound State Park is a state park of Wisconsin, USA, located atop the largest hill in the southern half of the state, near the village of Blue Mounds.

4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517, USA
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Wingra Park

Waterside locale with a soccer field, play equipment & canoe, kayak & paddle-boat rentals.

Wingra Park, Madison, WI 53711, USA
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Lake Monona

Lake Monona is a freshwater drainage lake in Dane County, Wisconsin, surrounded on three sides by the city of Madison, Wisconsin, and on the south side by the city of Monona, Wisconsin

Lake Monona, Madison, WI, USA
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Washington Island

Washington Island is located about 7 miles northeast of the tip of Door Peninsula in Door County, Wisconsin.

Washington Island, Washington, WI, USA
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Olin Park

This green oasis next to Lake Monona offers walking trails, a beach, picnic tables & sports fields.

E Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53713, USA
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Reynolds Field Park

Park in Madison, Wisconsin

Reynolds Rd, Park Falls, WI 54552, USA
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Maple Bluff Beach Park

Park in Maple Bluff, Wisconsin.

Maple Bluff, WI, USA
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Giddings Park

This beautiful park is located right on the shoreline of Lake Mendota and is a quiet spot for picnicking and yoga in the warmer months, and watching the sun set.

429 Castle Pl, Madison, WI 53703, USA
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Wildcat Mountain State Park

Located on a steep ridge overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley, Wildcat Mountain State Park offers hiking trails with spectacular views and camping for families, groups, and horseback riders. Canoe the Kickapoo River in your own canoe or rent one in Ontario.

Wildcat Mountain State Park, E13660 State Highway 33, Ontario, WI 54651, USA
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Governor Dodge State Park

More than 5,000 scenic acres of hills, bluffs, and valleys, lakes and a waterfall, make this park a favorite for outdoor lovers and adventure seekers.

Governor Dodge State Park, 4175 Wisconsin 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533, USA
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Capital City State Trail

A 17-mile paved recreation trail perfect for walking and biking around Madison.

Madison, WI, USA
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Lake Monona
Lake Monona, Madison, WI, USA
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Devil’s Lake State Park
Devil's Lake State Park, Park Road, Baraboo, WI, USA
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Lake Wingra
Lake Wingra, Madison, WI, USA
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Picnic Point
University of Wisconsin Madison, 2000 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705
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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Hilltop park with views of Downtown Los Angeles plus hiking trails & history exhibits.

6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
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Huntington Library

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of the world’s most extensive cultural, research, and educational centers.

The Library houses over 420,000 rare books and over 7 million manuscripts largely spanning British and American history.
Notable works include the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, and a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works.

The art collection showcases many 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, and1690s to the 1950s American art, including Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed, and Edward Hopper’s The Long Leg.

The Botanical Gardens spans 120 acres and includes the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, USA
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Elysian Park

Nestled near Dodger’s stadium, Elysian Park offers paths for walking and biking, as well as a great view of downtown.

929 Academy Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park is a California state park located in the Santa Monica Mountains, within Los Angeles County, California. It is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

20828 Entrada Rd, Topanga, CA 90290, USA
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Bronson Canyon

This section of Griffith Park has man-made caves to explore, as well as trails & scenic views of the Hollywood sign.

3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, and is the final resting place of some of the city’s most significant cultural icons.  The cemetery also hosts many cultural events, including music concerts and summer movie screenings.

“We saw Bon Iver perform here at dawn. Everyone stayed the night in the cemetery and then Justin and co. took the stage at dawn. There’s something unsettling yet surprisingly chill about sleeping amongst the dead and waking to a life-bringing force such as music.”  —  BRÅVES

6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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Griffith Park

Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.  The park is also home to the Griffith Observatory, the L.A. Zoo, and the famous Hollywood Sign.

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Dana Point Harbor

Known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point Harbor is a scenic coastal destination for dining, shopping, and seaside activities.

Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA, United States
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Black Star Canyon

Black Star Canyon is a remote mountain canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, located on the eastern edge of Orange County.  It is popular among hikers and mountain bikers for its wild scenery.

Black Star Canyon, Orange County, CA, United States
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Melrose Trading Post

Open-air market features a range of vendors selling antiques, vintage goods and collectibles.  Open every Sunday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

7850 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Sandstone Peak Trail

“There are multiple hikes to explore around here. The Sandstone Peak, also known as Mount Allen, is a good one and apparently the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. You can basically see the whole world up there.”  — Awolnation

Sandstone Peak Trailhead, Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA, United States
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Tree People

“They have lovely trails, lush and green and fresh air.” — Diana Purim & Eyedentity

TreePeople, Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
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South Beach

South Beach is known for its beaches and the glamorous scene around its happening nightspots and celebrity-chef eateries. Chain stores and indie fashion shops line pedestrian shopping strip Lincoln Road Mall. On Ocean Drive, known for its well-preserved art deco architecture, outdoor cafes offer a ringside view of the scene. Museums include the Wolfsonian-FIU, which has a collection of modern art and objects.

Biscayne Bay Path, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
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Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is a lagoon and state aquatic preserve that is approximately 35 miles long and up to 8 miles wide located on the Atlantic coast of South Florida.

Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA
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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, and is a popular destination for canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
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Jaco Pastorius Park

Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park, Florida, is a park and event venue named in remembrance of one of the all-time greats of jazz and bass guitar, Jaco Pastorius, who lived in the neighborhood as a child.

Jaco Pastorius Park, Oakland Park, FL 33334, USA
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Nichols Arboretum

The arboretum is operated by the University of Michigan and located on the eastern edge of campus.

Nichols Arboretum, Angell, MI, USA
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Argo Park

Located on the Huron River, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding is available.

Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens include natural areas with trails, and several research-quality habitats. The conservatory is popular year round.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA
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Border-to-Border Trail

The Border-to-Border Trail is a 10.5-mile long non-motorized pathway open for walking, running and bike riding, and takes you through several parks and across bridges for views along the Huron river.

“I love to run and the Border-to-Border Trail has been wonderful.” – EH Sherman

 

Border-to-Border Trail, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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The Diag

“I love the energy here. I usually bring a blanket and sit in the grass sketching the trees, students or friendly squirrels.” – EH Sherman

913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Broadway Bridges

“I love to stand on the path and just watch the river move under the bridge for a time. The view of the city and medical campus is just beautiful and the walk toward the Argo area is just below, making it a perfect pit stop for a few photos.” – EH Sherman

375 Depot St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
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Sharon Hills Nature Preserve

“There are open fields, a well-established woodland, and natural wetlands – a pretty diverse landscape – and the trails criss cross, so I can mix up my route.” – Allene Smith

Sharon Hollow Rd, Manchester, MI 48158, USA
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Lloyd and Mabel Johnson Preserve

“I consider it a bit of a hidden gem. It’s half woodland and half restored prairie. The woodland is high quality considering its being located in a more industrialized part of the city, with a nice buttonbush swamp at its center.” – Allene Smith

Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA
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Cedar Bend Park

“I haven’t been there for sunrise, but Cedar Bend Park is another city park that’s really hilly, and I imagine looking east in the morning from a high point there could be pretty stunning.” – Allene Smith

1495 Cedar Bend Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Huron River

The Huron River is 130-mile-long, the river system flows through the southeast Michigan counties of Oakland, Ingham, Livingston, Washtenaw, Monroe and Wayne.

Huron River, Michigan, USA
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Graffiti Alley

An alley on East Liberty Street in Ann Arbor where the walls are covered with graffiti. The wall has served as a canvas for many graffiti artists over the years and is continuously evolving as new artists leave their mark.

E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
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Rivanna River

Named for Queen Anne of England, the Rivanna is home to countless birds, fish, turtles and other creatures, and provides a wonderful place for visitors to fish, canoe, swim and boat.

Charlottesville, VA, USA
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Shenandoah National Park

Enjoy over 500 miles of gorgeous hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Stumble upon a ridge crest, panoramic views, waterfalls and canyons. Spot deer, black bears, and wild turkeys. When in season admire the abundant wildflowers and apple trees. Stop to learn about its history from one of the many stone foundations, and cemeteries.

 

Front Royal, VA 22630, USA
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Spy Rock
314 Fish Hatchery Ln, Montebello, VA 24464
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Monticello Trails
Saunders-Monticello Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Humpback Rock
Humpback Rock, Rockfish, VA, USA
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The Grove

The Grove is the legendary tailgating area located at the center of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) campus. It is approximately 10 acres in size and takes its name from the oak, elm, and magnolia trees surrounding the area.

1848 University Ave, Oxford, MS 38655, USA
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Holly Springs National Forest

There are a number of beautiful trails in the Holly Springs National Forest just east of Oxford.” – Carlyle Wolfe

 

Holly Springs National Forest, Mississippi, USA
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Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

“Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, nearby in Holly Springs, offers excellent naturalist classes on Saturdays.” – Carlyle Wolfe

285 Plains Rd, Holly Springs, MS 38635, USA
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Pat Lamar Park

“Pat Lamar Park is convenient for a late afternoon walk.  A variety of trees and sculptures along the 1.5-mile loop add interest.” – Carlyle Wolfe

Lamar Park, Oxford, MS, USA
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Bailey’s Woods

“Bailey’s Woods, the .5-mile trail connecting Rowan Oak and the University Museum, is delightful, and my dogs are especially comfortable there.” – Carlyle Wolfe

University Avenue and 5th, Oxford, MS 38655
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Lake Sardis

“I enjoy boating at sunset on Sardis – water skiing when the water is warm.” – Carlyle Wolfe

Sardis Lake, Mississippi, USA
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Whirlpool Trails

“Just off campus is an old railroad cut that has acres upon acres of hiking, riding and running fun.  Most students see it often enough but if it’s your need to get away, that’s a close and proper way to meet that need.” – Sam Kendricks

Oxford, MS 38655, USA
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Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world in a unique outdoor setting.

Phoenix, AZ 85281, USA
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Papago Park

One of the most scenic and easily accessible desert areas in the Phoneix metro area.

625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
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Havasupai Falls

One of the most photographed spots in Grand Canyon. The falls feature five different falls, each a unique waterfall.

Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located in central Arizona, and is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world.

State Highway 87, Pine, AZ 85544, USA
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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is  slot canyon in Arizona.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
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Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon was proclaimed a national monument by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915 to preserve the ancient cliff dwellings.

Walnut Canyon, Arizona, USA
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Phoenix Rock Gym

I’m a big fan of Phoenix Rock Gym. They’re super friendly and there’s always a great crowd of people to climb with. They also have a good variance on types of climbing they offer from top roping and leading to two separate bouldering areas. Even if you’ve never climbed before it’s a great place to go and start learning!” – Zane Bickham 

1353 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Salome Creek

“It’s a great hike to do during the summer because you’re constantly in the water so you’re not getting too hot. There’s also a lot of fun rappelling and the canyon is beautiful.” – Zane Bickham

Salome Creek, Arizona, USA
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Tempe Town Lake

The 2-mile long lake is Arizona’s second-most visited public attraction.

Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ, USA
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Grant Park

Grant Park is a large urban park in the Loop community area of
Chicago. Located in Chicago’s central business district, the park’s most
notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art
Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.

-Recommended by Ajani Jones

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago and originally intended to celebrate the third millennium. The park officially opened in 2004, four years behind schedule. Within the park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions including Grant Park which hosts Lollapalooza. Because the park sits atop a parking garage and the commuter rail Millennium Station, it is considered the world’s largest rooftop garden.

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre public park in the Loop community
area of Chicago. It is near the Lake Michigan shoreline in northeastern
Grant Park.

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Lincoln Park
Chicago’s largest park, Lincoln Park sits beside Chicago’s lakefront and is named after Abraham Lincoln. A statue of Lincoln (along with many others including General Ulysses S. Grant) can be found in the park. The park also contains the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, an outdoor theatre, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, and North Avenue Beach.
The Lincoln Park neighborhood features nightlife, dining and entertainment including the revered Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and comedy clubs Up and Second City.
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
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Montrose Beach

This popular dog-friendly beach draws patrons for its numerous activities including kayaking and volleyball rentals, non-motorized boat launch, and distance swimming at Tower 4. After working up an appetite, visit one of the many food concessions to sate your hunger. Take some time to look around – a natural dune habitat shows thriving endangered plant life, and attracts many migratory birds during the fall and spring.

 

Montrose Beach, Illinois, USA
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Humboldt Park Lagoon

Chicagoans come to Humboldt to enjoy baseball, soccer and tennis, as well as fishing by the lagoon.

-Recommended by Post Animal and DEHD

Humboldt Park Lagoon, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach (recently renamed Osterman Beach for the late Kathy Osterman, the former Special Events Director for the city) is a smaller beach that attracts the local gay community and neighboring residents and features a fishing pier and a gay volleyball league.

Chicago, IL, USA
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Promontory Point

Promontory Point is a man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. It is located in Chicago’s Burnham Park. The Point was constructed from landfill and by the late 1930s was protected by a seawall or revetment.

5491 S Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
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31st Street Beach

Sandy swimming beach, open seasonally, featuring lifeguards, skyline views, concession stands, picnicking and a boat launch.

Chicago, IL 60616, USA
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Peterson Park

Baseball, basketball & soccer are offered at this local park with playgrounds & a game room.

Peterson Park, Chicago, IL 60659, USA
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Hamlin Park Pool

Public swimming pool in Chicago, Illinois.

3035 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Union Park

Union Park spans 13.46 acres and offers tennis courts, baseball fields, a swimming pool, a playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and basketball courts, as well as a field-house with a theater.

The park hosts events throughout the year including Pitchfork Music Festival, concerts, movie screenings, and more.

N Union Ave, Chicago, IL, USA
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Oak Street Beach

Located right on the shore of Lake Michigan, locals flock to Oak Street Beach for its laid-back atmosphere and unbeatable views of Chicago’s skyline accented by palm trees (the city imports them every year). Play or watch a beach volleyball game and one of the many volleyball nets set up on the sand, or simply lay back and enjoy the people watching.

Oak Street Beach, Illinois, USA
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63rd St. Beach

The 63rd Street Beach features a non-motorized boat launch site. A natural area provides much-needed habitat for migrating birds in the spring and fall seasons.

63rd Street Beach, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
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Green-Wood Cemetery

National Historic Landmark cemetery in Brooklyn.

Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Jacob Riis Park

“I think Jacob Riis park is also killer during the summer. Very few tourists know about it and it’s a really clean beach.” — Acid Tongue

Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, NY 11694, United States
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Mount Charleston

Located about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, it is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas’s residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a modest ski area.

Mount Charleston, NV, United States
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Red Rock Canyon

The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations. The walls are up to 3,000 feet high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV, United States
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Clark County Wetlands Park

This oasis is only a 15 minute drive from the strip and offers hiking trails, a variety of wildlife and guided tours.

2375 E Viking Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, USA
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Downey Park

“The house we were living in when I wrote/recorded BATS is right near Downey Park. It’s a peaceful, wide open park with a mangrove-lined creek on its border that’s home to a colony of thousands of bats. Most evenings we’d take our dogs Missy and Evie down to the park and watch the bats wake up and fill the sky as the sun would set. It was a truly beautiful thing to experience and looking back, those walks down at the park feel like a calming constant in a period of significant change and personal development. That has really stayed with me and has inspired this album both musically and visually.” — Cub Sport

Downey Park, Noble Street, Wilston, Queensland, Australia
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Noosa National Park

“If you’ve got time to head an hour or two north, the national park in Noosa is unbelievably beautiful.” — Cub Sport

Noosa National Park, Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia
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Riverstage

“Riverstage is a pretty inspiring outdoor space, it is located in the Botanical Gardens and has hosted some music legends in its time!”  —  Sheppard

59 Gardens Point Road, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
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South Bank, Brisbane

South Bank is a cultural, social, educational and recreational precinct in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The precinct is located in the suburb of South Brisbane, on the southern bank of the Brisbane River.

South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
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City Cat Ferry

“We have a boat that runs up and down the Brisbane River called the City Cat. It’s actually a super easy way to get around Brisbane and is beautiful at night.”  —  Sheppard

Brisbane City QLD, Australia
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Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is one of the major nightlife districts in Brisbane, offering everything from dive bars and mellow live music venues to rooftop cocktail lounges and pumping dance clubs.

Fortitude Valley QLD, Australia
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Audubon

The Audubon Nature Institute is a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature that includes a zoo, aquarium, insectarium, and park plus nature conservation programs.

6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, United States
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Charles River

The Charles River (sometimes called the River Charles or simply the Charles) is a river in eastern Massachusetts. From its source in Hopkinton, the river flows in a northeasterly direction, traveling through 23 cities and towns before reaching the Atlantic Ocean at Boston.

Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA, United States
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Washington Tower

62-foot marble tower built in the Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Named for George Washington, the tower provides excellent views of the surrounding area.

Magnolia Ave, Watertown, MA 02472, United States
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Arnold Arboretum

“Just go. It is a paradise. Make sure you check out the bonsai garden.” — Ruby Rose Fox

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Arborway, Boston, MA, USA
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Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake is a 1200 acre nature preserve in Oak Hill, just outside of Nashville. Hikers can enjoy four unpaved trails surrounding the lake, and enjoy Tennessee’s wildlife including river otters, beavers, mink, muskrat, bobcat, coyote and white-tailed deer.

“My favorite outdoor spot is Radnor Lake. It’s not too far from town, and it’s the best early in the morning when there’s still a chill in the air, and there’s no one around. It’s the quiet you need when you just need to listen to yourself.” – Oginalii

Radnor Lake, Oak Hill, TN, United States
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La Jolla Cave

One of seven caves along the San Diego coast. Explore the caverns and tide pools (best to go at low tide for prime and safe exploring). You’ll likely stumble upon all kinds of birds and creatures like Horn shark egg cases, lobster, California Sea Hare, Abalone shells, Turban snails and much more.

La Jolla Cave, San Diego, CA, United States
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Torrey Pines Gliderport

The Torrey Pines Gliderport, is the most historic aviation site in North America, with nearly 100 years of flying history. It is Southern California’s premiere location for paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes.

The approximately 3 mile hike from Gliderport to Black’s Beach comes highly recommended by locals for its scenic views. Black’s Beach is clothing-optional and part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offering some of the most beautiful and pristine views of the Southern California coast.

Torrey Pines Gliderport, San Diego, CA, United States
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Pipes

Pipes is famous among surfers for its good waves and laid back vibe. All levels of surfers can be seen hitting the waves. After hanging-ten, check out some of the local eateries and shops like Bull Taco, a gourmet, locally-famous taco shop serving lobster ceviche and duck tortas.

Pipes Cafe, Cardiff, Encinitas, CA, United States
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Black’s Beach

A clothing-optional beach, Black’s is part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and is the Southern end of some of the most beautiful and pristine views of the Southern California coast.

Black's Beach, San Diego, CA, United States
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Del Mar Fairgrounds

Site of the annual San Diego County Fair in June and July, as well as the Del Mar Racetrack built by the Thoroughbred Club in 1937 by founding members Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien with Paramount Studios as corporate sponsor. Plus Del Mar Arena, a 3,500-seat arena used for sporting events, concerts and other special events.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA, United States
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Adams Avenue Street Fair

The Adams Avenue Street Fair and Adams Avenue Unplugged are San Diego’s largest free music festivals and occur on the final weekend of every September and April. Taste of Adams Avenue, held every year at the end of June, provides the opportunity to sample the Avenue’s finest flavors from over 30 food and beverage establishments.

Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Kate Sessions Park

This park offers amazing views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the city below. The 79-acre park is perched high atop Lamont Street at Soledad Road and is named after noted local horticulturalist and “Mother of Balboa Park,” Kate Sessions.
The park is divided into two section: a low sloping area ideal for picnicking and activities. The north side features wild habitat with coastal sage scrub and numerous hiking trails for nature loves.

Kate Sessions Park, Soledad Road, San Diego, CA, United States
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La Jolla

Known as San Diego’s “jewel by the sea,” La Jolla is one of the top beach destinations in the world. La Jolla attracts locals and visitors alike for its beautiful beaches, the La Jolla Cove which is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, La Jolla Shores for surfing and kayaking and much more.

La Jolla, San Diego, CA, United States
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Gothenburg Botanical Garden

The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and is much loved by visitors for its secluded groves and gorgeous walking paths.

Carl Skottsbergs gata 22A, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Slottsskogen

This English-style park in central Gothenburg includes a zoo, a pond, a Swedish heritage area, and various sports facilities across its 137 hectares of forests and lawns.

Slottskogspromenaden 414 76, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Archipelago of Gothenburg

The Archipelago of Gothenburg comprises two large groups of islands off the west coast of Sweden.  Daily fairies and walking bridges allow visitors to enjoy the history and natural beauty of the archipelagos.

Archipelago of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Garden Society of Gothenburg

The Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) is a park and horticultural garden in central Gothenburg.  Come for the flowers, stay for the delicious food and drink at the cafe.

Slussgatan 1, 411 06 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Liseberg Amusement Park

Liseberg is an amusement park located in Gothenburg that opened in 1923.  Its numerous rides and attractions make it one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia.

Liseberg, Örgrytevägen, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Strömmingsluckan

Popular food truck in the trendy Magsinsgatan district serves up traditional Swedish street food like fried herring and mashed potatoes with lingonberries.

Magasinsgatan 17, 411 18 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Saltholmen

Popular swimming area off the coast of one of the islands in the Gothenburg Archipelago.

Saltholmen, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Scout Monument

Monument located in Slottsskogen and built in honor of Ebbe Lieberath, founder of the Swedish Scout Movement.

Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden
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The Forks
The Forks

The Forks is a historic site, gathering place and green space in Downtown Winnipeg at the intersection of the Assiniboine and Red rivers. Year round, locals and visitors enjoy The Forks many dining and shopping offerings, and numerous entertainment and events, and unique attractions.

The Forks, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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Rosendals Trädgård

Garden showcasing biodynamic cultivation of vegetables, fruit, and flowers, with a greenhouse cafe.

Rosendalsvägen 38, Stockholm, Sweden
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Hammarbybacken

“Find the slope (actually a skiing slope in the wintertime, but not exactly an alp..) Hammarbybacken and get up on top, catch your breath and see the beautiful scenery of Sthlm, a breathtaking view! Even more recommended at sunset!” – Peter Bjorn and John

Hammarby Fabriksväg 111, 120 66 Stockholm, Sweden
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Djurgården

“While you’re loaded you should go to Slussen and take the boat out to Djurgården, maybe just for the boatride and because you really need to see some water while you’re here. It’s the Venice of the north after all! There’s loads to do out at Djurgården too, like eat fancy meals, walk around beautiful green areas, talks to cows or maybe even visit the national park and zoo Skansen, stride alongside the canals or go to museums.” — Peter Bjorn and John 

Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden
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Tyresta National Park

Tyresta National Park is a national park with a surrounding nature reserve in Sweden, located in Haninge and Tyresö municipalities in Stockholm County.

136 59 Vendelsö, Sweden
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Skansen

Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden.

Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
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Gröna Lund

Gröna Lund is an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. It is on the seaward side of Djurgården Island. It is relatively small compared to other amusement parks, mainly because of its central location, which limits expansion.

Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
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Mont Saint-Michel

“I’ve only been here once but this place it unreal, truly. It is an island commune in Normandy, France. You drive in during the day when the tide is out and then as the sun sets the tide returns and you find yourself surrounded by water. It feels as if it is a living island that breathes or something to that effect. The water comes in, surrounds the town and the water leaves.” — CLARA-NOVA

Mont Saint-Michel, France
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Fondation Arp
Fondation Arp

“La Fondation Jean Arp in Clamart, a suburb of Paris. It’s in a small house. A hidden gem. Versailles Castle gardens are not only for tourists too. It’s really nice walking there. There is so much space, you can lose yourself and spend the whole day chilling around 17th century statues and fountains.” – STAL

Fondation Arp, Rue des Châtaigniers, Clamart, France
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Jardin du Luxembourg

“When summer comes, playing tennis in le Jardin du Luxembourg is a MUST!” – STAL

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
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The Flatirons

“Boulder is such an outdoor town and there’s so many epic places to go. The Flatirons are probably the most popular place to go but some of my things to do are to bike out to the Boulder Reservoir and also biking up 4-Mile Canyon.” — Trevor Hall

Flatirons, Boulder County, CO, United States
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Boulder Reservoir

Boulder Reservoir is a 700-acre, multi-use recreation and water-storage facility that offers a beautiful environment for swimming, camping, and other outdoor activities.

5565 51st St, Boulder, CO, United States
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Pearl Street Mall

The Pearl Street Mall is a four-block pedestrian mall in downtown Boulder, CO, that is home to a number of businesses and restaurants, as well as the Boulder County Courthouse.

Pearl Street, Boulder, CO, United States
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Flagstaff Trailhead

Outdoor recreation area with trails of varying difficulties for hikers and climbers of all skill levels.

Flagstaff Road, Boulder, CO, United States
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Chautauqua Park

“Chautauqua Park is an iconic Boulder gem. There are gorgeous hiking trails, a massive and beautiful green lawn, summer concerts, and sweet little cottages. All summer there are weddings in the park. It’s a really dreamy spot.” -Rodes Rollins

Chautauqua Park, Baseline Road, Boulder, CO, USA
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Olomana

Mount Olomana, or simply Olomana, is a set of three mountainous peaks on the windward side of Oahu near Kailua and Waimanalo.

Olomana Ridge Trailhead, Kailua, HI, United States
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Kailua Beach Park

“Everybody marvels at Mt. Olomana and The Koolau Mountains and rightfully so but Kailua Boatramp is the most underrated landmark in Kailua. It’s tiny, barely a usable boatramp. But it’s a hub. Start there and see what happens.” — The Green

526 Kawailoa Road, Kailua, HI, United States
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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington. The Market opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA, United States
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Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is an island situated across the Puget Sound from Seattle.  It is a popular tourist destination for its natural beauty and unique local culture.

Bainbridge Island, WA, United States
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Green Lake

“For me, the most inspiring outdoor space has got to be Green Lake. You can run around it to get fit and clear your mind. You can walk around with a friend or date. You can even just sit and people watch or catch the sunset. You can do it all. I’ve even written songs while chilling at Green Lake. Great place all times of the year.” — Sol

Green Lake, Seattle, WA, United States
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Washington Park Arboretum

“I love the arboretum off lake Washington in the spring, it’s s great place to just go and think and admire what’s around me.”  —  Dave B

2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112, United States
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Dead Sea

“We are only 30 minutes from the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. I love the desert out there.” — Alex Clare

Dead Sea
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Treasure Island Beach

Treasure Island is a long flat beach that’s great for walks, viewing the gulf and local wildlife. Cabana and beach chair service is available.

10400 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL, United States
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Honeymoon Island State Park

The barrier island consistently receives more than one million visitors each year, making it the most-visited state park in Florida.

1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698, United States
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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach has stunning views and impeccable beaches with a small town feel. Caladesi Island, off the north end of the beach, was recognized as the nation’s best by Dr. Beach (2008).

Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL, United States
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Pass-a-Grille Beach

“I’m a big fan of Pass-a-Grille. It’s got a cool charm to it. It’s not as crowded as St. Pete beach. There is a rock jetty with a paved path on it, that extends a few hundred feet out into the gulf, and at night it’s a good place to star-gaze.” — J. T. Brown

Pass-a-Grille Beach, Saint Pete Beach, FL, United States
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Sawgrass Lake Park

Sawgrass Lake Park is a 333-acre park that offers a road for biking and in-line skating, as well as birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking.

Sawgrass Lake Park, 25th Street North, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

The park overlooks the University of Tampa’s Plant Hall, which is directly across the river. The park is in an area known as the Waterfront Arts District.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, North Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL, United States
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John Chesnut Senior Park

Lush green space with a variety of wildlife, plus a lake for boating, sports fields and a dog park.

John Chesnut Senior Park, East Lake Road South, Palm Harbor, FL, United States
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Hljóðaklettar

“Get out of Reykjavik and visit Hljóðaklettar. The volcanic crystalline towers of basalt are stunning. The glacial river running through the national park will also lead you to the largest waterfall in Europe.”  — Úlfur 

Hljóðaklettar, Iceland
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Yppenplatz
“One of our favorite neighborhoods in Vienna is yppenplatz. So many nice coffee shops and restaurants, it’s beautiful to sit outside in the summer.” – MYNTH
Yppenplatz, Vienna, Austria
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Türkenschanzpark

“Türkenschanzpark is one of the most inspiring outdoor spaces in Vienna. When you are there, you get the feeling that you are leaving the city for a moment.” – MYNTH

Türkenschanzpark, Max-Emanuel-Straße, Vienna, Austria
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St. George’s Market

“St George’s Market is the oldest surviving covered market on the island of Ireland. The stunning building with its elegant Victorian red-brick and green wrought-iron gates hosts a bustling weekend market that is one of my favorite weekend haunts.”  —  Alana Henderson

12-20 East Bridge Street, Belfast BT1 3NQ, United Kingdom
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Cave Hill

“Cave Hill is my favorite place to escape the city and get some inspiration and perspective! It has an amazing panoramic view of Belfast, including the famous H&W cranes Samson & Goliath and the docks where the Titanic was built. Cave Hill was the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Swift thought that it resembled a sleeping giant safeguarding the city.”  —  Alana Henderson

Cavehill, United Kingdom
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Botanic Gardens

Public garden established in 1928.  It is home to a large variety of exotic plants and trees, and hosts various cultural events on location.

College Park E, Belfast, United Kingdom
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Lagan Meadows

“Lagan Meadows, a nature reserve, is mere minutes from the city center and you’ll see protected bird species and cows grazing along the riverside.”  — Alana Henderson

Lagan Meadows, Belfast, United Kingdom
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Lough Neagh

“I love open water. It terrifies me and centers me all at once. It’s Ireland at its most postcard perfect.”-Ciaran Lavery

Lurgan, United Kingdom
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Downings Beach

“Feels like standing on the edge of the world.”-Ciaran Lavery

Donegal, Ireland
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Malin Head

“Quite literally the edge of the island.”-Ciaran Lavery

Malin Head, County Donegal, Ireland
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Waiheke Island

“One of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s a short 30 minute ferry over from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbor. The ride over alone is a remarkable view and you can have nibbles and wine on the ferry as you pass by volcanoes and admire the sea. Once there, prepare to stay a while. The island is full of adventures like jet skiing, swimming, and horseback riding, and is covered in gorgeous vineyards. Pop over to Tantalus Estate vineyard, Stonyridge, or my personal favorite Man O War vineyard for incredible views, food, and WINE.”  — Parson James

Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
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Mauao

Mauao, or Mount Maunganui is an extinct volcano that overlooks Tauranga Harbor in New Zealand.  Mauao is considered a very sacred place by the local Maori population, and is featured heavily in their traditional myths.  Visitors are invited to hike the trails and enjoy the spectacular views, and hopefully experience and appreciate the sacred nature of this ancient site.

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
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Nash Square Park

“I dig Nash Square Park. I usually like to go for walks there and read books.”  —  Boulevards

200 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
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William B. Umstead State Park

“The most inspiring outdoor place is Umstead park. I usually do my long runs out there. its the mecca of running in my humble opinion in North Carolina. You can just get lost out there and enjoy 10 mile runs.”  —  Boulevards

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617, United States
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James River
James River, Richmond, VA, USA
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Forest Hill Park
Forest Hill Park, Richmond, VA, USA
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Dogwood Dell
600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
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Byrd Park
Byrd Park, Richmond, VA, USA
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Belle Isle
Lee Bridge Richmond, VA 23225
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Maymont
1700 Hampton Street Richmond, Virginia 23220
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Lewis Ginter Park
1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23228, USA
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Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Virginia Capitol Trail
200 South Third Street, Richmond, VA 23219
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Pony Pasture Park
7310 Riverside Drive Richmond, VA 23219
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Allegheny Mountains
Allegheny Mountains, Western, Virginia Occidental, USA
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Texas Beach
Texas Beach, Richmond, VA, USA
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The Floodwall
Richmond, VA 23224
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