Urban Escapes: Explore the Great Outdoors Within City Limits

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Jan 24, 2013 —  Creating travel itineraries can be so hectic! By trying to squeeze every possible museum, restaurant and tour into your plans you can forget that the objective of a vacation is to detox. There is a way, however, for you to complete your checklist by doing as the locals do and absorbing some good old fashioned vitamin D in the great outdoors. Buzzing cities have beautiful parks and beaches full of recreational activities and architecture that reflect the culture of the city that they are immersed in. Check out photos of some of the top outdoor spaces within city limits below.

 

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    Stroll along the lake while admiring Chicago's spectacular skyline at Lincoln Park.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Brinda Gupta

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    Discover architectural marvels by Gaudí and Montaner amid landscaped gardens in the vast Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona. 

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Conor Broderick

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    Soak up some sun and wade in turquoise waters at Cala Gracio / Gracioneta, two quaint beaches in Ibiza.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Thomas G. Clark

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    Enjoy sweeping views of Florence at Piazzale Michelangelo, a romantic spot where you can savor a glass of wine or gelato at sunset.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Nina Silverstein

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    There's something for everyone at the Boston Esplanade, an expansive park with summer movie screenings and endless fields and tennis courts for sporty types in Boston.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Victoria Kichuk

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    Trek high above Los Angeles' urban sprawl at Griffith Park, the largest outdoor area in LA where visitors can stargaze at the Griffith Observatory or hike along winding hillside paths.

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    Pack a picnic lunch for a relaxing afternoon at Luxembourg Gardens, a picturesque park set behind the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris.

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    Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Hyde Park, one of London's largest oudoor spaces where locals and tourists alike gather to boat in The Serpentine and wander through rose gardens.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Kira Abe

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    Sunbathe with locals at Englischer Garten, a massive park in Munich that features two beer gardens, a Japanese tea house and even a river where you can surf.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Adriane Roebker

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    Access paradise directly adjacent to city streets at Nice Beach, a rocky stretch of shoreline that attracts a crowd during peak summer months in the French Riviera.

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    Take in over 840 acres of greenery at Central Park, an iconic escape amongst the many skyscrapers and traffic laden streets of New York.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Rebecca Haber

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    Hang out with eclectic San Francisco hipsters at Mission Dolores Park, a popular spot for sunbathing and lazing about set on a hillside in the Mission.

Stroll along the lake while admiring Chicago's spectacular skyline at Lincoln Park.

Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Brinda Gupta

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