The once-crumbling elevated railway along the west side of Lower Manhattan has transformed into one of New York City's most celebrated attractions.
Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District through Chelsea to 34th Street, the 1.45-mile High Line public park offers excellent views of Manhattan from 30 feet in the air — plus a decent workout if you walk the entire distance. It was built back in the 1930s, as part of an effort to move all of the city's rail lines up and above its streets. The track was decommissioned in the 1980s, and was then going to be demolished. But locals rallied to save the railway, and it is now one of only two elevated public parks in the world (the other is in Paris).
The route also boasts dogwood trees, rose bushes, fountains, art installations, children's play areas and maybe even a few glimpses into high-end Chelsea apartments. Visit on a weekday afternoon and you'll have more of the park to yourself.