Best Urban Parks

You don't have to leave the city to escape into nature, as these parks attest.

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The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is one of the centerpieces of Chicago's Millennium Park.

Established in 2004, Millennium Park is a subsection of Grant Park.

Covering more than 5,100 acres, Portland's Forest Park is one of the country's largest urban forest reserves.

Pine trees and waterfront dominate the 1,001-acre Stanley Park, situated in the middle of downtown Vancouver.

One of the best ways to spend a day at Stanley Park is looking for eagles.

The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park dates to 1879.

The circa-1903 North Windmill in Golden Gate Park sits as if it were teleported from the Netherlands.

Park lovers call New York City's Central Park the granddaddy of all parks, and they should.

The 843-acre Central park was opened in 1859 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963.