Best Of 2014: Tourist Destination

In being named No. 2 park in the world by TripAdvisor, Garden of the Gods came in behind Vancouver's Stanley Park but ahead of Munich's English Garden, Madrid's Retiro Park and Singapore's Botanic Gardens. But you knew that. Maybe, however, you didn't know that in 1886, a bill was brought before Congress to make GoG, and everything between it and Pikes Peak, a national park. "If it had passed, it would have been the second National Park in the country, after Yellowstone," says president of Friends of Garden of the Gods, Melissa Walker. It didn't happen — issues with private property intervened — but 2 million visitors annually seem to like this city park just fine. — Edie Adelstein

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