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Check Out the 2017 APA Great Places Designees

Check Out the 2017 APA Great Places Designees

Washington Park, named a Great Public Space in 2012, is one of my favorite places in Denver. Photo by Carol.


America is a beautiful country, and life is too short to spend all of our days working inside! You know from my first post that I want adults to identify what they value in life so they can live intentionally and true to their values.

My values definitely include family time and the great outdoors, whether natural or man-made. Family time while enjoying an outdoor locale? Icing on the cake.

Since 2007, the American Planning Association (APA) has released an annual list of Great Neighborhoods, Great Public Spaces, and Great Streets in the United States.  The 2017 list was announced today, October 4, 2017! Are any near you?

APA Guidelines and Criteria

You can read about the APA Guidelines and Criteria here:

Great Neighborhoods

Great Public Spaces

Great Streets

Past Designees

To see all past designees, view this map and zoom in to your area of interest, maybe where you live or an upcoming travel destination.

People’s Choice

Between October 4th and October 27th, you can nominate your own favorite place via Instagram or Twitter (at #APAGreatPlaces) . The top five finalists for the People’s Choice award will be announced sometime after October 27th. You can vote for the People’s Choice award from November 1 to November 7th. November 8, 2017, is the day scheduled for the announcement of the 2017 People’s Choice Designee.

Check out the 2017 and past designees, then plan today to visit a Great Place in America near you!


I told you above that Washington Park (aka Wash Park) is one of my favorite places in Denver. It offers flower gardens, open spaces, jogging paths, no-car zones, bicycling (rent [certain times of year] or bring your own), picnic areas, paddle boats, and more. Seriously, a gem in Denver. I hope you can visit it someday.

Share in the comments below. Tell us somewhere in America that you never tire of visiting.




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