The polar vortex of winter has cleared and spring is swinging into action right across the country. Get out there and witness nature bloom from the heart of some amazing cities with Tripping's top 5 urban parks in the U.S.

1. Central Park, New York, NY

It's impossible to talk about great urban parks without mentioning Central Park. New York's favorite green space was the first major landscaped public space in urban America and remains arguably the most popular.

Upper West Side Studio

This beautifully decorated Upper West Side apartment in centrally located and surrounded by amazing dining and shopping options. Everything from friendly diners to fine dining can be found easily within walking distance. Apart from Central Park, which is only a block away, this pad is a great base for exploring the American Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Center and plenty of other cultural sights.

2. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

California's answer to Central Park, Golden Gate Park is full of amazing local flora. Check out the wonderful botanic gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers, the California Academy of Sciences and the amazing view from the de Young Museum observation deck.

Haight-Asbury with Park View

Try this apartment just off bustling Haight Street with amazing views of Golden Gate Park. Explore the colorful history of the Haight-Ashbury area on your stroll down to the park and easily access everything else San Francisco has to offer with this convenient location.

3. Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Avid music fans will know this as the site of the huge Lollapalooza festival but to locals the 300-acre expanse is simply Chicago's front yard. Home to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus, encompassing the Alder Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and Shedd Aquarium, Grant Park is a fantastic place to explore year-round.

Chicago Penthouse

A truly unique offering just north of the park, this Chicago penthouse takes in some amazing views of the city with its floor to ceiling windows. Explore glamorous North Michigan Avenue and the artsy River North District from the heart of one of Chicago's most exciting neighborhoods.

4. Washington Park, Portland, OR

Home to the Oregon Zoo, several museums, an arboretum, a Japanese tea garden, a popular amphitheatre and a host of sporting activities, Washington Park is basically everything a good city park should be.

Riverfront Pearl District Condo

Experience Portland from this centrally located riverfront pad with a stunning private deck in the heart of the Pearl District. Dine and drink at one of the many amazing local breweries in the district after exploring the park. The condo has plenty of amenities but really, the view says it all.

5. Boston Common, Boston, MA

The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country and also the jewel in the Emerald Necklace, a series of interconnected parks that wind through Boston's neighborhoods. As well as being a beautiful green space, the park has an extraordinary history from the American Revolution to civil rights rallies involving Martin Luther King and much more.

Elegant Beacon Hill Apartment

This Beacon Hill location is an elegant one bedroom apartment just a short stroll from Boston Common. It's the perfect location to explore the rich history of the Boston area from one of the cities most sought after neighbourhoods.

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This article was written by Ben Crock, Tripping Blogger.