And the whole area around Hershey, let alone the park itself in very beautiful. With the rolling hills on the outside, and the way the whole park is seated...very cool. *** Edited 7/20/2006 3:02:59 AM UTC by Floorless Fan***
Most of the older parks (late 19th- early 20th century) were placed in beautiful settings by plan. Think about it, they originated as picnic parks at the ends of trolley lines. Most had either a lake or stream nearby, and had pastoral settings. They were an escape from the mills, mines and factories for people living in crowded, dirty cities.
Most interesing view OF a park I saw was from the Pinnacle, which is an overlook along the Appalachians. Some friends and I were there hiking and watching for raptors (the bird kind, not the coaster). The sky was clear enough that day, and the binoculars strong enough that if you looked in the distance, we actually spotted the red top of Steel Force's lift hill. That has to be 20-25 miles away as the crow flies. So that day we saw a few raptors and a hyper.
You know, this was a cool thread until everyone completely ignored what the question was. Nobody is asking for opinions on the most beautiful parks out there, they're asking for opinions on what parks were built in the most amazing locations.
Example: Dollywood, which is built in a narrow valley between two large hills/mountains, is in a spectacular location.
Busch Gardens Africa is *not* built in a spectacular location. In fact, it's essentially built in a ghetto. It's a beautiful park, sure, but there's not spectacular about its surroundings.
Again, this isn't about the most beautiful parks. It's about the most beautiful areas that parks have been built in.
The original question of the thread: "What parks are in unique, beautiful, or otherwise interesting physical settings?"
The theming inside the park has nothing to do with the physical setting of the park. That was all created as part of the park. Animal Kingdom was built in a swamp. There's nothing spectacular about it.
As I just said a few posts above yours, this isn't about the most beautiful parks. It's about the most spectacular areas that parks have been built in.
My home park and only park in Canada is PCW. I think PCW is well balanced. Rides are well spaced out with lots of trees for shade, resting areas, very clean, lots of room for busy days, tones of staff, grass is green unlike other parks and fun for everyone. PCW is not the most beautiful setting but deserves some consideration or recognition.
Ghost Town in the Sky was my favorite. I remember someone talking about the heavy rain. I was a bit confused since it was sunny with no rain in sight. Then I noticed they were looking over the railing at the storm passing below us.
Chain of Rocks was another good park. It was on a bluff overlookig the Mississippi river. They also had the scariest skylift ever. Think Indiana Beach with no way to stop it and only 20 feet to a 60 foot drop. Getting on the ride was always an adventure.
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