Houston is adding 150 miles of paths along its bayous as part of the city's Greenways 2020 initiative. But of all these new trails, perhaps none are more scenic than a portion just north of downtown, near the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo bayous. Stretching from Hogg Park in Near Northside to the UH Downtown campus, this biking and walking trail offers a majestic entrance into the city, replete with panoramic views of the skyline and several of the area's main traffic avenues, including I-10, I-45, Main Street and at least one rail line. (Watching freight trains pass above you on an old rail bridge is more fun than it might sound.) Walk south from Hogg Park and the ambience quickly changes from sunflower fields to old-timey urban. You are now more or less at Allen's Landing, the birthplace of Houston — and there's plenty of beautiful old architecture to prove it.