Soak Up the Sun: Vitamin D-Friendly American Parks

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	Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles offers plenty of different ways to get a nice tan.

Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles offers plenty of different ways to get a nice tan. 

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Aug 26, 2013 —  Labor Day spells an end to the summer season in America. Students are back at school and adults are left daydreaming about Thanksgiving and Christmas. But before packing summer away neatly into a picnic basket, it’s best to soak up the sun’s fleeting shine.

Luckily, the U.S.A. is chock-full of parks that afford citizens a chance to catch some UV rays from a variety of angles. In Beantown, the Boston Esplanade is the perfect place to oil up, lie down, and let the big burning orb in the sky do the rest of the work. Those who prefer to catch their share of the sun in a more active fashion can play tennis, run along the riverbank, or try their hands at windsurfing.

On the other coast, Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles sports so much sun that movie stars, models, and other Hollywood bigwigs get in on the action. Famous or not, Runyon clientele bronze as they take their dogs for a walk and snap artsy Instagram pictures of the Hollywood sign.

Meanwhile, patriotic sunbathers in the nation’s capital flock to The National Mall. There, guys and girls get a tan while a hulking, stone Abraham Lincoln looks on and refuses to pass judgment.

Don’t say hello to fall just yet. There’s still plenty of Vitamin D left to be had at these awesome American parks. 

  • Boston Esplanade

    Live Music Venue / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Boston Esplanade - Live Music Venue | Outdoor Activity | Park in Boston.
    Boston

    Along the Charles River between the Longfellow Bridge and Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02108

    617‑227‑0365

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  • Lincoln Park

    Beach / Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Lincoln Park - Beach | Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in Chicago.
    Chicago

    2045 Lincoln Park West
    (address of Lincoln Park Cultural Center)
    Chicago, IL 60610

    312‑742‑7726

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  • Runyon Canyon

    Outdoor Activity / Park

    Runyon Canyon - Outdoor Activity | Park in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    South entrances at the top of Fuller Avenue and Vista Street and north entrance off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    323‑666‑5046; 213‑485‑5572

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  • Central Park

    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Central Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in New York.
    New York

    Central Park
    New York, NY 10019

    212‑310‑6600

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  • Golden Gate Park

    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Golden Gate Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    Between Stanyan Street to the east
    and Great Highway to the west,
    and Fulton Street to the north
    and Lincoln Way to the south
    San Francisco, CA 94118

    415‑831‑2700

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  • The National Mall

    Culture / Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park

    The National Mall - Culture | Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    Between Independence Avenue and
    Constitution Avenue from the Capitol
    to the Lincoln Memorial
    Washington, DC 20560

    Visitor Information: 202–426–6841; Park Headquarters: 202–485–9880

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