The outdoors and green space are great indeed within these populated cities.
Lincoln Park and Golden Gate Park will make you wish you had a week to spare to stroll around the gardens, row on the lakes, and discover the history in every hidden corner.
Lincoln Park covers 1,208 acres in a northeast section of Chicago that runs mostly north south.
>> The water border is Lake Michigan.
>> Founded in 1843 and named after the 16th president, Lincoln Park is the second most visited in the nation (20 million annually).
>> Get your animal fix at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Its after-hours party is the Twilight Safari held monthly during the summer.
>> Forget walking: Pull out the paddles with Kayak Chicago‘s sunset tours.
>> Take a spin: The carousel has 48 artisan-crafted wooden endangered animals, located, appropriately, in the zoo.
>> A WPA work of art: the Prairie-style Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond
Golden Gate Park covers 1,583 acres in a northwest section of San Francisco that runs mostly east west.
>> The water border is the Pacific Ocean.
>> Founded in 1870 and named after the ocean’s deep channel into the Bay, Golden Gate Park is the third most visited in the nation (13 million annually).
>> Get your animal fix (both fossilized and alive) at the California Academy of Sciences. Its after-hours party is Nightlife on Thursdays.
>> Forget walking: Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours takes you on a relatively flat ride.
>> Take a spin: The carousel is from 1914 with 62 animals, located in Koret Children’s Quarter.
>> A WPA work of art: The 1936-37 Lucien Labaudt murals in the Beach Chalet
California Academy of Sciences, living roof. Courtesy: San Francisco Travel Association/Scott Chernis
Row Boat on Stow Lake, Courtesy: San Francisco Travel Association/Jack Hollingsworth
Stow Boat House, Courtesy, Stow Boat House
Oak Street Beach taken from Hancock Tower, Wiki Commons