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Great urban parks in the United States

Grant Park in Chicago

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Grant Park in Chicago

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CENTRAL PARK

NEW YORK

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The granddaddy of all urban parks, with 250 acres of lawns, 150 acres of lakes and streams, and 80 acres of woodlands, including ballfields, playgrounds, bridges, monuments, and sculptures.

212-310-6600, www.centralparknyc.org

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GRANT PARK, CHICAGO

The Windy City’s favorite playground (pictured above), with more than 300 acres including Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Museum Campus. 312-742-3918, www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/grant-park

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THE COMMON, BOSTON

The oldest park in the country, steeped in history, former site of public hangings, British encampments, and speeches by historic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gloria Steinem, and President Kennedy. www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/bostoncommon.asp

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GOLDEN GATE PARK SAN FRANCISCO

Third-most-visited park in the country, stretching some 50 city blocks, filled with gardens, forests, meadows, and lakes, also home to the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and Japanese Tea Garden.

www.golden-gate-park.com

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FOREST PARK PORTLAND, ORE.

One of the country’s largest urban parks, with more than 5,000 acres along the slopes of the Tualatin Mountains, and some 80 miles of trails. 503-223-5449, www.forestparkconservancy.org/forestpark

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