March 25, 2020

Take a Virtual Tour of 10 Great Outdoor Spaces

Rena Fogliano

Jamestown Windmill

The Jamestown Windmill is a stock mill located in Jamestown, Rhode Island. It's 30ft (9.1m) high and was built in 1787 to grind corn after the British occupational forces destroyed the original mill around the time of the Battle of Rhode Island. It operated until 1896.

Yosemite National Park

Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

Conservatory of Flowers

Built in 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers was the first formal structure erected in Golden Gate Park and remains an icon at the entrance of world renowned Golden Gate Park. The Conservatory is literally filled to the brim with flowers, foliage and plants from around the world, with a concentration on tropical plants. It’s a place where you will always be greeted with a warm smile, an unforgettable experience, and an opportunity to view a plant or flower that you may not see anywhere else.

Clearwater Beach

Laid-back Clearwater Beach is known for its namesake stretch of soft, white sand, which draws visitors year-round for jet-skiing, parasailing, and stand-up paddleboarding in its calm waters. Cyclists and rollerbladers glide along a winding beachfront promenade lined with casual seafood restaurants and cafes. Come sunset, Pier 60 hosts a nightly festival with street performers and craft vendors.

Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge

Located in along the Trinity River in Dallas, the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge connects the Trinity Groves shopping district with Trinity Trails, offering a beautiful view of the Dallas skyline, while still getting all the benefits of the outdoors.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park; experience the canyon's rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.

South Salmon Creek Beach

Salmon Creek Beach, where a lagoon forms as sand closes the mouth of Salmon Creek, is a popular summer destination. Nearly two miles of unbroken, scenic, sandy beach make this an excellent place for surf fishing, beachcombing, and picnicking. North and South Salmon beaches are popular with the local surfing community when the waves are good.

Under Canvas

Okay, so this one is technically a camping resort, but it's still really cool and relaxing. A quick 25-minute drive to the South Rim entrance of Grand Canyon National Park, the safari-inspired resort offers the perfect luxury camping experience near one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Located just outside Valle, Arizona on 160 secluded acres of beautiful piñon and juniper forest, you will discover the extraordinary grandeur of Grand Canyon National Park while enjoying a variety of extensive adventures a short distance from camp.

Elena Gallegos Picnic Area

The 640-acre park is a gem in the Open Space system. At an elevation of about 6,500 feet, visitors can view Mt. Taylor to the west, the Jemez Mountains to the north and the vast Tijeras Arroyo to the south. The landscape supports a piñon-juniper habitat that includes chamisa, Apache plume, scrub oak, cane cholla cactus, blue grama grass, bear grass, and soapweed yucca.

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

13,000 years ago this site was already well-known by mammoth hunters as a place to get the best stone for their tools. Centuries passed but the colorful flint found right here in the Texas panhandle never lost its value and usefulness. Visit and gain a sense of how integral this site was to the survival, commerce and culture of the High Plains.