The Best Walks in the 10 Most Walkable U.S. Cities
New York City
The Big Apple earns Most Walkable City distinction, thanks to its high density of cultural institutions, restaurants, parks,
and public transportation services (for the return trip, if you don’t care to hoof it), especially in the boroughs of Manhattan
and Brooklyn. In fact, many New Yorkers go their entire lives without ever owning a car.
Best Walk: Central Park
You can’t beat the smooth, rolling hills and lush greenery of Central Park, says Lon Wilson, president of the New York Walkers Club and a national racewalking champion. (In fact, his club holds walking clinics in the park every Saturday at 9:30 a.m.) For
a nice 4.1-mile jaunt around the park’s famous Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, enter at East 90th Street and 5th Avenue
and turn right, heading north, onto East Drive. Turn left at the transverse at roughly 106th Street, then left again (heading
south) onto West Drive. Make another left at the 72nd Street Transverse (also known as Terrace Drive), and one more (heading
north again) onto East Drive, back to 90th Street. To access the map, click here.
Alternate Walk: Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge
For a more urban stroll, start at the 9/11 Memorial on Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan. Walk west to the Hudson River,
where you’ll turn left onto the waterfront esplanade. Follow this tranquil walkway around the bottom tip of the island, through
South Cove Park and Battery Park and past the Staten Island Ferry and the historic Battery Maritime Building. Continue northeast
along what is now the East River Waterfront Esplanade. Just past the South Street Seaport, pass under the FDR Drive and make
a left onto Beekman Street, a right onto Pearl Street, a left onto Frankfort Street, and a sharp right onto Park Row, which
will take you to the pedestrian entrance (via a tunnel and staircase) for the Brooklyn Bridge. After your 1.5-mile trek across
the bridge (four miles for your total trip), take the subway or ride a Citibike back to Manhattan.
Strut through the Big Apple to an eclectic blend of New York–driven classics.