HI everybody - looking for some ideas preferably in the Midwest or southeast areas that have nice full service Marriotts nearby and also have some nice parks or walking trails in nearby vicinity. Recently tried Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio , it was ok but the Marriott was a pretty far drive away. We really prefer to stay only at full service Marriott hotels. We actually enjoyed Rockcreek park in DC close to many Marriotts. Would love to try KY or NC or NY. Don't need a huge park or trail but just a nice afternoon walk. Even thought about walking at some nice college campuses this summer - as students are mostly gone and we can just enjoy some architecture and green space. Anybody know if seniors are allowed to walk/vist college campuses during summers ? Any close by Marriotts ? Thanks Marriott friends. Hoping we all have some great travels this summer !
@aqua, this is not technically NY but close: we loved the Marriott on the Falls at Niagara Falls. It's on the ON side, not the NY side, and of course Niagara Falls is kitschy and touristy, but there are really nice parks and walking trails right near the hotel which we really enjoyed. There are two Marriotts side by side, and both are supposed to be great. The views can't be beat, either, if you reserve a fallsview room.
NYC has The High Line https://www.google.com/search?q=the+high+line&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari, it's very cool, an easy walk from Midtown or Chelsea.
Boston has the Freedom Trail, but these two suggestions are Northeast.
Newport Beach Bayview Marriott sits right on an estuary, locally known as Back Bay. Lovely trails there. Also not far and just down the hill from the Newport Coast Vacation Club (they provide shuttle service to/from) is Crystal Cove State Beach and Preserve. There are some nice trails there too.
Further up the Cali coast is Monterey Peninsula. From the hotel, you can walk the trails along the coast for miles; in the direction towards Cannery Row and Pacific Grove, you can walk past Lover's Point to Asilomar Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse and enjoy some typically spectacular surf. If you also make the very short drive to Point Lobos State Marine Preserve, there you will also enjoy some fantastic trails, mostly flat, with beautiful scenery And ocean sunsets.
Does there have to be trails? In the NW (sorry, again out of your area requested), both Vancouver and Victoria in BC are great walking cities with nice scenery.
What about the San Antonio River Walk? I've never been, but have heard good things. It's on my list.
It's a really cool, elevated, green space, repurposing sort of concept that also has an historical element to it. I think a lot of tourists miss out on it. I think I might have some photos here somewhere; will try to find them for you. There's another one like it in Paris, Promenade Plantée, which I'm going to do next month, and am really looking forward to it.
Manhattan is our favorite no-car vacation! On a beautiful afternoon late last month, J and I logged 18,000 steps just walking in Lower Manhattan. The High Line trail IS outstanding, but so is Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and other landmark views you can hike to and from. And this last visit, we spent an evening exploring Astoria in Queens the night before we flew home. With the subway, you can go from top to tip, and side to side, in minutes! C
If you wanted to go as far west as Arkansas, the Arkansas River Trail might meet your needs. I recently posted a report on the Trail from a cyclist's point of view, but there are also plenty of options for walkers. The Little Rock Marriott might be a great base for your stay. You can find more information at ArkansasRiverTrail.org.
Another great combo in DC is the Mayflower and a walk down Embassy Row - very beautiful and interesting. If you go the first weekend in May many of the embassies are open to visitors.
Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, is an excellent suggestion, homoviator! Very easy access to DC by subway. You can also walk to and explore Theodore Roosevelt Island National Park from the hotel! The Mount Vernon Trail and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail pass near by. C
You can also walk on the bike path that crosses Lee Highway less than a half mile from the Key Bridge Marriott. That path will take you to Theodore Roosevelt Island National Park and the other sites suggested by j&c.
The Crystal Gateway Marriott, in Crystal City is also a short walk from the same pathway about three miles from Old Town Alexandria. Crystal City has a n excellent collection of restaurants.
The Wardman Park Marriott is not far from Rock Creek park and the National Zoo.
Although not in your requested part of the country you might consider my hometown joint The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, Woodlands Waterway Hotel. Yes, I know it is shameful of me to promote the place, but we have miles and miles of walking/bike trails that are very accessible from the hotel not to mention a pile of things to do within two blocks of the hotel.
Give the place a try and I'd bet you will return.
While many others have already spoken, I'm posting this photo - not to suggest you walk the Lookout Mountain (Chattanooga, TN) trails during a snowfall, although you can - but just to illustrate that many people come here for hiking. Since you asked, Covenant College (liberal arts college, and one of the top universities in the U.S., with less than 5,000 student body) is also situated atop Lookout Mountain, and you can walk from here, on managed trails, along the side of the mountain, some three miles, to "Sunset Rock" (photo), or on to Point Part, site of historic Civil War battle - "The Battle of Lookout Mountain" (photo below)
The Point Park Battlefield overlooks the city of Chattanooga on the Tennessee River (shown in photo).....
...while at the park, take time to visit the museums, including the one shown below housing one of the largest, on site, painted scenes ("Battle Above the Clouds") of the Civil War, by artist James Walker.
...and if you'd like, you can hike down the mountain to Craven's House, site of another Civil War battle, or a longer hike to Reflection Riding, a wonderful nature park. Just a few miles from Chattanooga you'll discover the Chickamauga National Park, site of one of the bloodiest battles (after Mananas) of the Civil War, where there are numerous trails.
Chattanooga has recently developed a "River Walk" (and bike trail) that extends from downtown Chattanooga, along the Tennessee River for some 5-10 miles,with restrooms and other amenities along the way. And, downtown, UTC (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a popular university with some 10,000 + student body, if you're interested in exploring educational opportunities in the area.
Regarding Marriott properties, there is a full-service Marriott Hotel downtown; also Courtyard and Residence Inn.
If you're an avid, hiking enthusiast, however, the "Appalachian Trail" begins near Chattanooga, and you can **** it to Maine, if you've got some six months to spare!
Well thanks to everyone who replied - all of these replies are great ! Can't wait to map out a summer plan. I think the first stop will be the Theodore Roosevelt park and then Tennessee and then New York. We hope next year to try Texas and Arkansas and maybe even California. We are really looking forward to new sights and learning more about these places and interesting history in this wonderful country ! Thanks again !