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Central Park stretches from 58th to 110th street in Manhattan. The track, which is closed to traffic at weekends, goes in a loop. Most people go anti-clockwise. A perfect mix of gradients, beautiful scenery, and excellent for people watching. Skating is insanely popular in NYC. I did the whole loop of Central Park, and found out why most people were avoiding the top end of the loop. There's a bit of a dip there, and getting back up the other side isn't an enormous amount of fun. New Yorkers are very direct - one woman gave me what I thought was rather severe criticism of my skating - but I suppose she was just being helpful :-)
This is one of the best places in the world I have found to skate. The surface is very smooth, and wide, and quiet. There are even some gentle slopes. Singapore is very humid and hot all year round but trees provide a good deal of cover in the park and there are many places to get drinks.
I skated from Santa Monica pier to just beyond Venice Beach and back. The track goes right along the beach, with fine views of the Pacific Ocean. Not too taxing, as it's pretty much flat. Lots of fit girls in bikinis.
This is the first place I ever skated, starting at Milson's Point on the North side of the bridge. There's a very mild slope up and then down the other side. The views are incredible. Steps are involved.
This park is bigger than Central Park, and more hilly too. Not really very good for beginners. I nearly took out a police barrier - they were most amused. You can rent skates on Haight Street, if you manage to wade through the piles of hippies. Park is closed to traffic on Sundays.
There's an excellent track stretching South from here, in a loop around a strip of water. I skated here on a Sunday, and there was an enormous group of marvellous looking skaters, off on a mass skate through the city. Paris has a few of these events each week (there's also one on Friday night) - not recommended for beginners as there are a few obstacles (cobblestones, potholes), and if you fall, you will be mercilessly ground into the tarmac by those behind you.
There's a long straight cycle path that can also be used for rollerblading. It runs the entire length of this park in central Berlin, from Tiergarten station past the Siegessäule to the Brandenburg Gate. When I was there I saw a demonstration of hundreds of rollerbladers wanting dedicated paths for skaters. Go you crazy Germans.
There's a very smooth, long and wide path running alongside the Serpentine which is excellent for skating. It can get very crowded though with skaters, pedestrians, and terrifying skaters zigzagging towards you backwards at alarming speed. The rest of the park is good as well, when it's not raining :-(