The Best Walks in the 10 Most Walkable U.S. Cities
Whether you like walking on sand or sidewalk, sunny Miami’s got a path (make that lots of paths) for you. Miles of beachfront boardwalk and promenade flank the city and its satellite island, Miami Beach—and if that’s not enough for you, the mayor frequently closes major roadways to cars, giving free rein to pedestrians and bikers.
Best Walk: Rickenbacker Causeway
It’s hard to find a better route—for a good workout or just a scenic walk—than Rickenbacker Causeway, says Joe Scott, a Miami-based walking coach with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. “On any given Saturday, you’ll be joined by literally thousands of other walkers,” he says. Begin at Peacock Park in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, located at McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive. Head north on South Bayshore Drive for two miles, cross U.S. Route 1, then turn right on SW 26th Road. Make your way to the walking path along the Rickenbacker Causeway. Continue on the causeway another mile, to its highest point— a great spot to scope out the gorgeous scenery before heading back to the mainland. Turn around and head back to the mainland, to end your 4.3-mile walk in Alice Wainwright Park. To access the map, click here.
Alternate Walk: South Beach
Miami Beach’s bustling South Beach section is best known for its nightlife, but it’s also the perfect place for a morning or afternoon stroll, says Scott. Pedestrian-friendly walkways stretch for miles, just feet from the water—or, if you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, you can head out onto the sand itself. For a pleasant 3.3-mile jaunt, start at South Pointe Park Pier at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach and follow the waterfront walkway (or the beach itself) north. After about a mile, you’ll pass through the 74-acre Lummus Park, which runs from 5th to 15th Street. End your walk at 36th Street Park; you can find public transportation one block west at Collins Avenue.
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