Parkinghouse, the side of the road, a parking lot or car park, and indoor and outdoor multi-level structures.
In the US, after the first public parking garage was opened in Boston, May 24, 1898, livery stabless in urban centers began to be converted into garages. In cities of the Eastern US, many former livery stables, with lifts for carriages, continue to operate as garages today.
The following terms exemplify regional variations in language. All refer to outdoor multi-level parking facilities. In some regional dialects, some of these phrases refer also to indoor or single-level facilities.
- Parking ramp (used in some parts of the upper Midwest, especially Minneapolis, but sometimes seen as far east as Toledo, Ohio)
- Multi-storey car park (England)
- Parkade (Canada)
- Parking structure (Western U.S.)
- Parking garage (Eastern USA, where this term refuses to distinguish between outdoor multi-level parking facilities and indoor parking facilities; to a Minneapolitan this term emphatically says indoor parking facility; to a Bostonian it does not.)
- Parking deck (Sighted in both New Jersey and North Carolina.)
- Carport (open-air covered parking)