10 Of The World's Best Parks For Enjoying Spring Weather

If you’re backpacking, or on a leisurely vacation, chances are you want to experience the destination in all its glory.

Often the first places that enthused travellers are itching to check out are historical monuments, museums, clubs, bars, and restaurants.

However, there is one destination that is truly underrated: parks.  

All across Europe and the U.S. breathtaking parks are open to the public. Visiting these parks allows one to experience serene, natural, beauty and provides an idyllic getaway to the craziness that sometimes consumes travelling and exploring.

Vondelpark, Amsterdam

If you're looking for outdoor things to do in Amsterdam, there's nothing like grabbing a bottle of wine and some snacks for a visit to Vondelpark, the biggest park in the city where you can experience live music and theatre performances on the weekend.

This park features lakes, wildlife, and rose gardens away from the canals and restaurants.

Park Güell, Barcelona

One park in particular that is both inspiring, as well as an adequate exercise is Park Güell in Gracia, Barcelona.

Get a unique, art-fix here while adventuring through the windey trails you will encounter various Gaudi designed statues, foundations, sculptures, pillars, and of course the famous gingerbread houses that bring you back to your childhood memories of playing Candy land.

The High Line, New York City

Considered an educational hotspot, with its nature and art tours, The High Line park in New York was once an old, abandoned railroad track.

Today however, it has been transformed with lush grasses, trees, flowers, and bushes, additionally, the original railroad tracks have been incorporated into the design.

The concrete slants and various artist booths alongside extravagant plants and trees is a unique experience you can't pass up.

The High Line starts at Washington Street and Gansevoort Street, and 10th Avenue at W. 14th Street in New York City.

Grant Park, Chicago

Hyde Park, London

Spectacular in length, The Grand Entrance to London's Hyde Park features massive columns and iron gates leading to the three hundred and 50 acre Park, equipped with meadows, tennis courts, british bowling, and putting greens.

Rent a boat and tour the grounds by water while making your way to the adjacent Kensington Gardens.

Located between Park Lane and Kensington Church Street and Bayswater Road and Hyde Park Gate, London.

Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Away from the normal rise and grind of Los Angeles, Griffith Park is the largest stretch of nature in the city, reaching 4,000 acres of adventure including: horseback riding, swimming, and the Griffith Observatory.

A short walk up Canyon Drive leads to The Bronson Caves, an outcropping where dozens of movies, and TV shows (Batman!) have been shot.

So if you're looking for green things to do in LA, this park can't be beat.

The park can be found at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

El Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid

A vivacious, urban playground, El Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid has ample romantic architecture and dynamic musicians, fortune tellers, vendors.

On Sunday evenings, young bohemians are often present jamming away on their bongos and enjoying endless bottles of wine and a sunset.

El Parque del Buen Retiro is located at C/Alfonso XII, 14 Madrid, Spain.

Englischer Garten, Munich

The Englischer Garten in Munich is one of Europe's largest municipal parks, equipped with beer gardens, a lake, bike and jogging paths, and at times, nude sunbathers.

If you're looking for something different; enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at the Japanese tea house.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont Entrance at Rue Manin, Paris

Away from the typical manicured gardens, Buttes-Chaumont's plants are untended and lush.

One of the biggest parks in Paris, Buttes has various panoramic views, but for the best, guests should venture to the park's central lake and then to the historic Temple of Sybil -- a stone gazebo modelled to replicate an ancient Roman temple-that sits quietly atop the island in the middle of the water.

Venture further and encounter a quaint bridge that provides access to a cave where you'll experience one of the most awe-inspiring and romantic things to do in Paris.

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

The meadows of The Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California harbor the epic festival Outside lands, eight lakes, and the de Young Museum, an incredible building with all the aspects of a fairy treehouse, encompassing a living roof with almost two million plants and a four-story rainforest, bustling with the life of 30-eight thousand animals!

The park is located between Stanyan Street to the east, and Great Highway to the west, and Fulton Street to the north, and Lincoln Way to the south in San Francisco.

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