City parks are often focal points for residents and tourists. They offer a respite from the hectic daily activity of a city and a place for solitude and contemplation. They typically provide a tranquil and attractive environment, a place for meeting friends, playing a game, or reading a book. Frequently city parks offer other attractions as well. Many parks feature museums or zoos; others have walking paths or bike trails. Note that many of these locations are featured on my walking tours which are available for purchase on the website.
Balboa Park, San Diego, California, USA — The centerpiece of San Diego, Balboa Park contains the world-famous San Diego Zoo as well as several great museums. The Spanish architecture is picturesque and complements the well-landscaped grounds.
Washington Park, Portland, Oregon, USA — This park looks out over the city and presents a terrific view of Mt Hood beyond Portland’s skyscrapers. The park contains the International Rose Test Garden with rows and rows of incredible and colorful roses. There is also a lovely Japanese Garden within the park.
Whale Park, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA — This small park is a delightful break from the many shops and restaurants vieing for the tourist dollars in this popular cruise ship stop on the Inside Passage..