Even the busiest cities in the world are home to gorgeous green spaces: Parks to ride a bike, ponds to rent boats and trails to simply stroll for hours. City dweller or not, spending time outdoors is good for the soul. Here are a few unique city hideaways to add to your travel bucket list.
Beijing: Beihai Park
Beihai Park is one of the largest gardens in China. Visitors can spend countless hours enjoying beautiful scenery and architecture. Rent a boat and soak up some sun as you float on the park’s lake.
New York City: The Highline
Explore the west side of Manhattan from above and walk a part of New York City’s storied past on this former elevated rail line turned urban garden.
Tokyo: Inokashira Park
Established in 1918, Inokashira Park is home to beautiful blooming cherry blossoms in the spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Let your mind relax as you float on Inokashira pond in an iconic swan boat.
London: Thames Path
This national trail can be walked for hours as it spans more than 100 miles. Experience sights of London by foot as you stroll Thames Path – sights like Syon Park, Houses of Parliament and Kew Gardens.
Mexico City: Chapultepec Park
Make sure you pack walking shoes for a visit to Chapultepec Park as this park is massive (more than 1,600 acres). It’s a great place to hideaway and has something for everyone from a zoo to shopping.
Singapore: Gardens by the Bay
This man-made park is home to three gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay Central Garden and Bay East Garden. The featured photo above shows the Supertree Grove, which comes to life at night with its magical lights.