Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Canyon Crater Lake, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Guadalupe Mountains, Kings Canyon, Lassen, Mount Rainer, Natural Bridges, Olympic, Point Reyes, Redwood, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Yosemite.
Whenever I needed a break far from the madding crowd near my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, those national parks are where I headed to clear my head and commune with nature.
Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Florence, London, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Venice, Vienna.
Big-city Europe with cars, congestion and unrelenting noise is the last place I wanted to go, although I eventually traveled to and enjoyed visiting each of those cities.
In the U.S., Boston, Chicago, Portland, Seattle. Cities that are friendly to tourists captured my heart.
But not New York. Not “The Big Apple.” No way. Too big. Way too big.
Well, not yet. But maybe soon.
If I do make it to America’s biggest city next year, I won’t spend all of my time wandering through through the concrete jungle of Manhattan.
I’ll do what New Yorkers do to escape the city without leaving it: Head to Central Park.
This video shows why it will be my prime destination within a destination.