With being the third biggest city in Latvia, Liepāja lies on the Baltic Sea coast and has some fine white sandy beaches. In contrast to its sunny coastline and green parks, you’ll also find some Soviet-era public housing areas which are well worth exploring if you are into architecture.
- City: Liepāja, Latvia
- How to get there: Take the only tram line service from Kurzeme Stop to Mirdzas Ķempes iela Stop (terminus). Then take a stroll through the borough and its concrete housing blocks.
- Tip: After lots of concrete why not take a 4,5km walk back to the city centre along the coastline and/or the parkland alongside.
- Ticket: Best option is to get a ticket on board the tram in cash Liepaja Tickets
- Transport information: Liepājas tramvajs
- Location: Mirdzas Ķempes iela
One of San Franciscoˋs best and largest parks is the Golden Gate Park. Stretching over 5 km from the city towards the Pacific Ocean with superb views along the fine sandy beach. The park also holds a botanical garden that is definitely worth a visit. Overall you can spend at least half a day exploring all the sights in and around the park.
- City: San Francisco, United States of America
- How to get there: Take the Muni N-Line tram service from Embarcadero Station to Carl St & Stanyan St Stop. Then it is a short walk to the southeast corner of the park.
- Tip: After a visit in the botanical garden take a trip on the Stow Lake in a pedal boat. If you fancy walking all the way to the west you will be rewarded with some Dutch windmills just before reaching the Pacific Ocean and its vast beach. To get back to the city centre take the N-Line tram from Judah St & La Playa St Station
- Ticket: Best option is to get a Clipper Card
- Transport information: Muni
- Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden
From New Zealand’s wonderful capital city Wellington you can easily explore the Kapiti Coast with local train services. The Queen Elizabeth Park for example, is a great destination with large areas of natural dunes along the coast. Perfect also for family picnics and if you fancy a tram ride, go and visit the Wellington Tramway Museum.
- City: Wellington, New Zealand
- How to get there: Take a Kapiti Line train service from Wellington Station to Paekakariki Station. From the station it’s about a 15 minute walk until you reach the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth Park.
- Tip: Continue walking through the park towards Paraparaumu Station and take the Kapiti Line train back to Wellington Station. This walk will take around 2 hours.
- Ticket: A Day Rover Ticket will give you unlimited travel on the Kapiti, Upper Hutt, and Johnsonville Metlink train services.
- Transport information: Metlink
- Location: Queen Elizabeth Park
The, at time of writing this post, only tram line in Adelaide brings you directly from the central business district to the white sandy beach of Glenelg. The benefit of this relocation from the urban centre is the fresh air combined with a laid back atmosphere.
- City: Adelaide
- How to get there: Take the tram from outside Adelaide Railway Station to Moseley Square Station the terminus in Glenelg. Then it’s a short walk to the beach and its pier.
- Tip: Glenelg is more of a seaside resort, with many restaurants, shops, cafes and various types of accommodation. So, it’s well worth to spend some time there.
- Ticket: Use a 3-day Metrocard for unlimited travel on busses, tram and rail services.
- Transport information: Adelaide Metro
A quiet walk along the Skeleton Creek towards the sea with a nice view of the Central Business District Melbourne in the far distance.
- City: Melbourne
- How to get there: Take the Metro Werribee Line service from Southern Cross Station to Williams Landing Station, from there some 500m walk to the trail.
- Tip: Once you reach the coast and the Cheetham wetlands, continue along the Hobson Bay Coastal Trail until you reach Altona Beach with some shops and good cafes. Total walking time around 3 hours. From Altona Station take the Metro Werribee Line service back to central Melbourne.
- Ticket: Best is to use a myki card in and around Melbourne.
- Transport information: Public Transport Victoria
- Location: Skeleton Creek Trail, Point Cook VIC 3030, Australia
Enjoy some local sandy beaches together with green parks in the north of Chicago along the shores of lake Michigan.
- City: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
- How to get there: Take the Red Line from Jackson Station to Thorndale Station. Then it’s a short walk to the Kathy Osterman Beach.
- Tip: If you got some time, there is an enjoyable walk along the Lakefront Trail, including beaches, marinas and through parks to get to Fullerton Station (Brown-, Purple- and Red Line) for your return trip to downtown Chicago. Walking time is less than two hours.
- Ticket: Best is to get a Ventra Card with 1, 3 or 7 day passes.
- Transport information: Chicago Transit Authority