More Great American Hang-Outs

A selection of your favorites

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In our January/February 2002 issue, we published a list of the 60 best public places in America—beloved hangouts across the land, where people come together as citizens, friends, and fun-lovers. We then threw out a challenge to our readers: Alert us to all the great spots we missed. And that’s exactly what you did. Here’s a selection of your favorites, ranging from public markets and beach towns to hot springs and meditation centers, covering 20 states and provinces.

Downtown Portsmouth
New Hampshire
The heart of a historic town filled with outdoor cafés and restaurants for all tastes and budgets.

Waterfront
Burlington, Vermont
Sunsets, bike path, science center, train station, beaches, public boathouse, and a
fishing pier.

Hubbard Park
Montpelier, Vermont
In the middle of town, a mountain enjoyed by hikers, skiers, and picnickers, young and old.

Crane Beach
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Hiking trails traversing miles of white sand beach and dunes.

Blue-Blaze Trail System
Connecticut
Trails leading through 700 miles of woods and small towns.

Peace Pagoda
Grafton, New York
A stunning outdoor temple and meditation garden.

Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York
A gathering spot with cool modern sculptures by the likes of Henry Moore and Alexander Calder.

Festival of Friends
Hamilton, Ontario
A three-day festival of music, art, and ethnic cuisine from local restaurants.

Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Jersey shore town with a boardwalk and rides.

Cape May, New Jersey
Renowned for its Victorian architecture.

Lambertville , New Jersey
The antique shopper’s dream town.

Washington Street
Hoboken, New Jersey
An always-bustling Main Street, jammed with restaurants and clubs.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
New Jersey
For walkers and bikers, the beauty of a river, a canal, and dozens of quaint old towns.

Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
The largest city park in the United States, and maybe the world.

Mount Airy Neighborhood
Philadelphia
A charming, architecturally
rich and racially diverse neighborhood.

Central Market
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The oldest continuously
operating farmers’ market in the United States.

The Strip District, Pittsburgh
A bustling wholesale produce market that’s also the nightlife capital of western Pennsylvania.

Eastern Market
Washington, D.C.
Everything from meat to flowers to flea market treasures offered by an array of street vendors and truck farmers.

Lake Anne Plaza
Reston, Virginia
A busy lakeside plaza in the most famous of the 1960s New Town communities.

Eastman Reading Garden
Cleveland
An inspiring civic space located between two buildings of the downtown Cleveland public library.

North Campus, Michigan State University
East Lansing
Generously endowed with parks, bike trails, gardens, and benches.

The Diag, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
A gathering place in the heart of the University of Michigan campus.

Lakefront, Chicago
A scenic setting for walking, riding a bike, and jogging along the shore of Lake Michigan.

University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison
A green gem of a place with hiking trails and nature
programs.

The Forks, Winnipeg
Turn-of-the-century warehouses and stables transformed into a popular shopping and meeting space.

Downtown Farmers Market
Des Moines
Where families go to buy fresh vegetables, free-range chicken, Iowa-made wine, and crafts from sellers of all backgrounds.

16th Street Mall, Denver
A downtown pedestrian mall filled with people of all ages, ethnicities, economic classes, and mind-sets.

Liberty Park, Salt Lake City
Tall trees, an aviary, an amusement park, and a lake with paddle boats.

Jemez Hot Springs, Jemez, New Mexico
Clothing-optional hot springs off the
beaten path.

Lincoln, New Mexico
A trip back to an authentic Western town of the 1880s.

South Mountain, Phoenix
Two thousand acres of desert scenery on the south edge of town.

Lake Shrine
Pacific Palisades, California
A beautiful, peaceful meditation garden.

Main Beach, Laguna Beach, California
A great place to watch a cross-section of humanity pass by.

Orange Circle, Orange, California
Surrounded by antique stores and
restaurants, including an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Rainbow Grocery and General Store
San Francisco
A veritable United Nations, attracting people from diverse communities.