How did Garden of the Gods become tops on America's favorite city parks?
According to TripAdvisor the ranking was taken from feedback from over 3000 visitor reviews giving the park a 5 out of 5 average rating. The park hosts over 2,000,000 visitors a year and nearly 750,000 visitors who stop by the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.
The area now known as Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral by the Europeans. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden". His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods. 
In 1879 Charles Elliott Perkins, a friend of William Jackson Palmer, purchased 480 acres of land that included a portion of the present Garden of the Gods. Upon Perkins' death, his family gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909, with the provision that it would be a free public park. Palmer had owned the Rock Ledge Ranch and upon his death it was donated to the city. Becoming a National Landmark in 1971 and being named a Great American Public Place of 2011 by the American Planning Association. 
Top 2 City Parks in the World
No.1) Stanley Park in Vancouver Canada
No.2) You guessed it!!! Garden of the Gods in Colorado USA
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