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These Are the Best Parks Across the US Logo By Jill Fergus of | Slide 1 of 31: As the name might suggest, Louisville Waterfront Park is all about taking advantage of the water - in this case, the Ohio River. Take a cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville (a historic paddlewheeler), go kayaking at sunset, walk across the famous Big Four Bridge, and have lunch at riverside Joe's Crab Shack. Where to Stay: The Brown Hotel, 21c Museum Hotel Louisville

You don't need to leave the city to get fresh air! What would New York City be without Central Park? Or San Francisco without Golden Gate Park? These urban oases are essential escapes from the stresses of city living. Frederick Law Olmsted, our country's preeminent landscape architect (and Central Park designer, along with Calvert Vaux), recognized this - and so did many others who carved out green spaces in major metropolises. Here are some of the best urban parks across the country to soak up some fresh air.

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