The Best Walks in the 10 Most Walkable U.S. Cities
Twenty scenic walks take you past some of the best sights these cities have to offer—and they give you a workout to boot.
More than just get you from Point A to Point B, a good walk can provide exercise, exposure to fresh air and nature, and—bonus—even up-close-and-personal views of landmarks, if you plot your route well. To find 20 rewarding walks that fit that criteria, we talked to experts who live in, commute around, and regularly travel (on foot!) the top 10 walking cities for 2014, as ranked by Walk Score (a website that analyzes walkability based on available routes and amenities like entertainment, shopping, and parks). The routes suggested by our pros—walking coaches and advocates, tour guides and city officials, and authors who write about (what else?) walking—are all at least three miles, to get you well on your way to the 10,000 steps a day recommended by health researchers. Aim for a consistent moderate pace, and if possible wear lightweight walking sneakers and a pedometer to help you track your distance. And don’t forget your smartphone: You can access 10 of our routes via Google Maps (create shareable maps for desktop or phone of your own favorite walks at Google Maps Engine Lite) as well as exclusive Spotify playlists customized to each city—and guaranteed to get you moving.
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