I grew up in a rural, mountainous area and did tons of hiking, so today I love daytrips that involve cities, skylines, and restaurants… My wife grew up in a suburbanite’s suburb (and thankfully is a city girl now) but she loves day trips that involve rural, mountainous areas with lots of hiking, an activity that I now feel I got out of my system during childhood… What are we to do?
The NY Times has a great suggestion that’s a wonderful resource for all urbanites. In an article this past Friday they review the many beautiful, rural hiking trails in the Northeast that happen to each have drop-dead gorgeous skyline views. They review such parks with vistas of Boston (above), Philly, New York, Pittsburgh, Hartford/New Haven, D.C., and Portland, Maine. I’m guessing the park here in Providence that would be similar to the ones they profile would be Neutaconkanut Hill Park, which has trails with skyline views.
The trail from the Times article that I’m particularly interested in is Castle Craig, atop East Peak on the Metacomet Trail, which is half-way between Hartford and New Haven.
This tower apparently has views of both Hartford and New Haven simultaneously, which would make it one of the few vantage points I’m familiar with in the US where you can see two completely separate major metro skylines while you are standing in the same place. The only other I’m aware of is the Mendota Bridge in Minnesota near MSP airport, which has skyline views of both Minneapolis and St. Paul in the distance… Unfortunately I lost the photos I took at this spot several years ago :(.
Does anyone know of any other such places?
Boston Photo from the New York Times article, Castle Craig photo from This Is Connecticut