The Wild and Wintry High Lline

If you love a great Manhattan walk, we've got one you won't want to miss this holiday season: the High Line. Once an old freight train line than ran between 11th and 34th Streets, it's a prime (and quite beautiful) example of how to create green space in the crowded concrete jungle of Manhattan. A favorite New York attraction, this free elevated public park is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm and, right now, its wild, wintry landscape is an unspoken but appreciative nod to Piet Oudolf, the renowned Dutch landscape designer who favored winter plants in their natural, untrimmed state. Among its 300 species of plants, you'll find American Holly, Viking Black Chokeberry and fragrant yellow Winter Sun Mahoia creating a pop of color against snowy New York cityscape. After your walk, head to the High Line Shop pop-up kiosk in nearby Chelsea Market for J. Crew-designed tees (and other holiday must-haves) to benefit the High Line's upkeep.

Address: Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues