Favorite Places Unfamiliar to Others, Part 2

Storm King / image: Kevin O’Mara via Flickr

For those looking ahead to spring and summer travel, Professional Practice Network (PPN) members’ responses to the question what is your favorite place that may not be familiar to others? might give you a few new spots to explore this year. In the previous post recapping the results of the 2015 PPN survey, we reviewed the most popular responses and international locations mentioned. This time, we’re focusing on places across the United States, from parks and gardens to wilderness areas and mountain passes. Take a look and see if you’ve been to any of these lesser-known spots, and which ones you’ll need to add to your list of places to go.


Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site – Cornish, New Hampshire

The courtyard at the Boston Public Library – Boston, Massachusetts

Halcyon Lake in Mount Auburn Cemetery – Cambridge, Massachusetts

“The Robert Treat Paine Estate, an amazing shingle style home in Waltham with landscape designed by Olmsted.” – Waltham, Massachusetts

Lake Waban – Wellesley, Massachusetts

Truro and Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Storm King Art Center – New Windsor, New York

Storm King Art Center, South Fields / image: Harvey Barrison via Flickr

Trenton Falls, New York

The Met Cloisters – New York City

Paley Park – New York City

Socrates Sculpture Park – Long Island City, New York

Old Westbury Gardens – Westbury, New York

“Long Island’s North Fork – wineries, farms, beaches” – Long Island, New York

“The rolling hills of eastern York, Pennsylvania.”

The Sunken Gardens of the Schwab Estate – Loretto, Pennsylvania

Fall Run Park – Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania‘s campus – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fall foliage on campus, University of Pennsylvania / image: The West End via Flickr


Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and Patuxent River State Park – Prince Georges County, Maryland

Meridian Hill Park – Washington, DC

Dolly Sods Wilderness – eastern West Virginia

Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness – West Augusta, Virginia

James River Park Pipeline Trail – Richmond, Virginia

Falls Park on the Reedy – Greenville, South Carolina

Callaway Gardens – Pine Mountain, Georgia

Olmsted Linear Park – Atlanta, Georgia

Granite outcrops in Georgia

University of Georgia’s Founders Memorial Garden – Athens, Georgia

Coco Plum Inn – Key West, Florida

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – Miami, Florida

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens / image: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo via Flickr

Devil’s Den State Park – Winslow, Arkansas

Dixon Gallery & Gardens – Memphis, Tennessee

Rip Van Winkle Gardens – Jefferson Island, Louisiana

Caddo Lake – on the border between Texas and Louisiana

Fort Worth Water Gardens – Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Water Garden / image: Jim Denham via Flickr

Sundance Square – Fort Worth, Texas

Harry Moss Park – Dallas, Texas

Phil Hardberger Park – San Antonio, Texas

ASLA 2015 Professional General Design Honor Award. Phil Hardberger Park, Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects / image: Casey Dunn


Washington Park – Cincinnati, Ohio

W. J. Beal Botanical Garden at Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan

Door County, Wisconsin. Beautiful shorelines, harbor towns, farm lands, woodlands. Breathtaking in any season.”

The Memorial Union Terrace at UW-Madison – Madison, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

The South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago (designed by Dan Kiley) – Chicago, Illinois

ASLA 2015 Landmark Award. The Art Institute of Chicago South Garden by Dan Kiley / image: Tom Harris

Hackmatack Natural Wildlife Refuge – Woodstock, Illinois

Missouri Botanical Garden – St. Louis, Missouri

Missouri Botanical Garden / image: Aaron Carlson via Flickr

Table Rock Lake – Kimberling City, Missouri

Eagle Point Park and Mines of Spain – Dubuque, Iowa


“A small mountain stream high up in the Rockies.”

“August in the Colorado high country.”

Cameron Pass, Colorado

Gore Pass, Colorado

Crestone, Colorado

Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon – Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Thunder Basin National Grassland – Douglas, Wyoming

Wildlife on the Thunder Basin National Grassland / image: U.S. Forest Service photo by Christi Painter via Flickr

Gila Wilderness – Glenwood, New Mexico

Slide Rock State Park –Sedona, Arizona

Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway – Tucson, Arizona

Sunset Park – Las Vegas, Nevada

Slide Rock in Oak Creek Canyon at Slide Rock State Park, Sedona, Arizona / image:
turcottes78 via Flickr

California Coast north of San Francisco to Mendocino County

The Presidio – San Francisco, California

“A couple of the local creek beaches and meadows in the redwoods near my home.” – California

Fitzgerald Marine Preserve and its walking trails through the eucalyptus forest – Moss Beach, California

Icehouse Canyon – Mount Baldy, California

Tuolumne MeadowsYosemite National Park, California

Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mineral, California

Santa Rosa Plateau – Murrieta, California

Ossagon Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – Orick, California

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Claremont, California

Guadalupe River Park – San Jose, California

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge – Plush, Oregon

Forest Park – Portland, Oregon

Hoyt Arboretum – Portland, Oregon

Keller Fountain Park – Portland, Oregon

The Shire – Skamania County, Washington

At the start of 2015, a questionnaire was sent out to members of ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs). The theme: creativity and inspired design. As you can imagine, responses were varied, and included many insightful comments and suggestions. Synopses of the survey results were originally shared in LAND over the course of 2015, and we are now re-posting this information here on The Field. For the latest updates on the results of the annual PPN Survey, see LAND’s PPN News section.

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