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Just because the hilarious NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean you have to forget about your beloved Pawnee citizens. To celebrate our favorite fictional gang of local government employees, we formed a subcommittee and that subcommittee compiled research on Parks and Rec-inspired places to visit around the world. We've condensed their findings to just 10 destinations, which you can add to your Parks and Rec to-do list.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
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When the Pawnee government shut down, April spent three months in Venezuela. And no trip to Venezuela would be complete without seeing the spectacular Angel Falls in the Guiana Highlands. The tallest waterfall in the world is a breathtaking sight that can be appreciated by all. . .if you're into that whole beautiful nature stuff. Whatever.
Great Smoky Mountains, Tenn. and N.C.
Straddling the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains is the nation's most visited National Park. We imagine Leslie Knope would have a binder dedicated to why you should discover all the reasons that thousands of people flock to this park year after year.
Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis
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In season three of Parks and Recreation, Leslie and Ron take a trip to Indianapolis' Indiana Statehouse to receive accolades for reestablishing the Harvest Festival. You too can visit Indiana's historic statehouse and fall in love with Leslie's favorite local government.
Unfortunately, Charles Mulligan’s – Ron’s favorite steakhouse – has closed, but if you have a craving for some meat after your tour of the statehouse, you can make a reservation at the famous St. Elmo Steakhouse instead.
Lil' Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm, Lancaster, Pa.
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RIP, Li'l Sebastian. Pawnee's favorite miniature horse will never be forgotten. But if you're seeking to connect with a new tiny, furry friend, head to the Miniature Horse Farm in Lancaster to visit and pet a bunch of small horses.
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington
One of the most iconic spots in Washington, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool gives visitors stunning views of the National Monument and Lincoln Memorial. In the final season, Leslie sits on a bench by the pool and discusses her future in federal government with April. Stroll along the pool and take a seat at one of the many benches to soak up American history in true Knope-fashion.
The London Eye, London
Pont des Arts, Paris
We all remember that moment when Leslie and Ben put a lock on the Pont des Arts in Paris and it was just super adorable and it got us right in the feels. However, the Pont des Arts bridge has actually been crumbling under the weight of all those padlocks. Leslie would hate to see a historic city being ruined. We suggest you go to Paris, explore the sights and fall in love, but show your love in a different way by submitting a virtual love lock (probably supplied by Gryzzl).
Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles
The motto of Rodeo Drive is "The intersection of luxury, fashion, and entertainment." We can't think of a better place to "Treat yo' self!" like Tom and Donna would.
Ultima Thule Lodge, Alaska
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A trip to Ultima Thule Lodge may be the ultimate Ron Swanson vacation. Located 100 miles from the nearest road, the only way to reach these cabins nestled in Alaska's wilderness is by chartered plane. The Claus family has everything you need to bask in Alaska's beauty and unplug from the rest of the world.