Best Urban Outings on Public Lands
Enjoy some prime public land—without even leaving the city.
CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT, CALIFORNIA
This commemorative 160-acre monument, in San Diego, is popular both for its rocky tide pools and its stellar views of the annual gray whale migration.
CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS, FLORIDA
In the late 1600s, the Spanish built a mas- sive, star-shaped fort to protect St. Augustine. Today it makes for an ideal spot to stroll and take in the views of Matanzas Bay.
MISSISSIPPI NAT. RIVER AND RECREATION AREA, MINNESOTA
A 72-mile protected river corridor runs through Minneapolis, where you can trek the five-mile Winchell Trail down the Mississippi River gorge.
GOVERNORS ISLAND, NEW YORK
This 172-acre former military base is a car-free paradise just 10 minutes by ferry from Manhattan. You can rent bikes, tour an old fort, and camp with views of skyscrapers.
ROCK CREEK PARK, WASHINGTON, D.C.
This 1,750-acre park is an undisputed D.C. treasure, with 32 miles of hiking paths, a planetarium, 13 miles of horseback trails, 20- plus tennis courts, and a golf course.
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