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World's Most Beautiful City Parks

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Photos by Richard Benton / Courtesy Balboa Park Central

The great outdoors and big-city culture come together seamlessly at these beautiful parks.

Balboa Park, San Diego

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You need more than two hands to count the charms of Balboa Park—and days to experience them all. Along with the San Diego Zoo and 15 museums (including the free Timken Museum with works by European old masters), the park offers an award-winning rose garden, a free summer concert series, and a 1910 carousel with hand-carved animals. Hikers and cyclists appreciate the 1,200-acre park’s 65 miles of trails. Its most picture-perfect spot is the Botanical Building, with more than 2,000 plants on display and a lily pond.

World's Most Beautiful City Parks

Balboa Park, San Diego

You need more than two hands to count the charms of Balboa Park—and days to experience them all. Along with the San Diego Zoo and 15 museums (including the free Timken Museum with works by European old masters), the park offers an award-winning rose garden, a free summer concert series, and a 1910 carousel with hand-carved animals. Hikers and cyclists appreciate the 1,200-acre park’s 65 miles of trails. Its most picture-perfect spot is the Botanical Building, with more than 2,000 plants on display and a lily pond.

Photos by Richard Benton / Courtesy Balboa Park Central
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