If you are planning to go to New York City this summer, my number one recommendation is to go to The Highline. Elevated train tracks were converted into this beautiful park where you can enjoy the flowers, the city's skyline, and some yummy gelato. I have been several times, including when it first opened in 2009, but all of the photos below are from June 2012.
The park runs up the length of the Lower West Side, starting in the Meat Packing District near Chelsea Market going up to W. 34th Street. Along the way are benches where you can sit and get some sun or enjoy a picnic.
The architecture of the buildings around the park is also very interesting to look at. New York is known for its tall buildings, and now you have the chance to get up-close and personal with them!
There's artwork all around, too! You can see murals painted on the sides of brick buildings and sculptures scattered sporadically. It's an outdoor museum!
With all of these wonderful things to see, how can you NOT go?!