Because July is perhaps our favorite month of the year, with the long hours of sunlight and glorious summer nights, it’s quite fitting to do a post on the top 5 rooftop gardens in the USA. Rooftop gardens are trending across urban cities in America because they offer a sustainable solution to the “urban heat island” we get as a result of all the black tar. Lots of swanky people have their own private rooftop gardens, but we’d like to give you the opportunity to experience some of these cool places perhaps on your next trip to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC, or Miami. Check them out below!
1. Rockefeller Center’s Rooftop Gardens in New York, New York
The Gardens are atop the British Empire Building and the Maison Francaise, as well as 3 other buildings. The Gardens were created by landscape architect Ralph Hancock between the years 1933-1936. You’ve probably seen the Gardens in popular TV shows such as 30 Rock and Gossip Girl.Address:
On top of 610 and 620 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10020
Daily, 24 hours
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2. Pepsico Rooftop Garden in Chicago, Illinois
The Pepsico Rooftop Garden is one of the only few rooftop gardens available to the public (and is free!) It has tables, chairs, and is a working example of sustainable architecture and renewable energy use, with its 4 wind turbines for energy efficiency.Address:
555 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60661
8 am – 6 pm
3. Kyoto Gardens at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown in Los Angeles, California
These beautiful multilevel gardens have been the backdrop for many weddings. The serene Japanese garden is a lovely escape from the vibrant downtown LA scene.Address:
120 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Click on page 2 to see the other 3 rooftop gardens!