5. Inwood Park, Manhattan

Inwood Park Caves

Up at the northern tip of Manhattan, Inwood Park offers a great view into the lush forests that covered the island’s rolling hills before skyscrapers did. The park is home to the scenic Inwood Hill Park Hiking Trail, a trail that transports you back to Manhattan’s past. With glacial potholes, rock formations, and views of the Hudson all offering a glimpse of the island’s ancient beauty. An interactive map of the trail is available on the NYC Parks website, as well as some insight into things you will see along the way.

The park is also within walking distance of the equally historic Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters. Together, Inwood Park and these two other locations make for an amazing day trip to the tip of Manhattan, full of beautiful views and interesting secrets to discover.