15. Glass Beach
Fort Bragg, California
In MacKerricher State Park, California’s Glass Beach is abundant with sea glass created from years of dumping garbage off the Mendocino coastline between 1906 and 1967. Technically, there are three Glass Beach sites—all accessible by foot and a short climb down the cliffs surrounding the beach. Time and the pounding surf have turned one of man’s mistakes into a unique landscape. Unlike the other parks on this list, there are efforts to actually preserve the diminishing “natural” elements by discouraging tourist glass collection and even replenishing the area with more discarded glass.
Nicole Bruce is a contributing writer for Supercompressor and Thrillist Chicago, and she’d much rather be picnicking on one of these dumps than sitting in an office any day of the week. Tell her about your landfill park outings on Twitter @nicoleabruce.