Guest post written by: Samantha Scott, Stride Travel
When you choose to walk a city as opposed to take a bus or other forms of public transportation, you get a feel for the culture and cadence of the city that you wouldn’t discover any other way.
(That said, taking public transit during commute times can be a fascinating glimpse into the culture as well. But that’s a post for another day).
Here are 5 of the most walkable cities in the world, to truly gain a sense of place:
Historic old town Dubrovnik gives travelers a unique glimpse into Croatia’s past. The walled city provides endless nooks and crannies to explore, and plus there’s the views over the ocean, making one feel like a character in an epic fantasy story. There is a reason that Game of Thrones filmed many Kings Landing scenes here!
Most tours of Croatia visit Dubrovnik, and spend a good amount of time walking through the city. A guided tour is a great way to get a local perspective as well as many historic details.
Melbourne already holds the title of “world’s most livable city” and part of that is due to its walkability. The vibrancy and cultural attractions of the city are nicely augmented by the laid back Australian mentality to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere in downtown Melbourne.
The botanical gardens are a highlight, as is Federation Square. Strolling along the Yarra you’ll find dozens of delicious restaurants and bars. It’s the perfect way to spend an Australian afternoon.
Melbourne is often a jumping off point for Australia tours – arrive early to get your Melbourne day walk in!
3. New York
When you’re in New York, there’s absolutely no way to experience the liveliness of the city that never sleeps, and get a feel for New York’s distinct neighborhoods, other than to walk it.
New York is easy to walk – it’s flat and while the crowds can be intimidating, there are plenty of shops to explore, including local restaurants, and towering skyscrapers. If you’re looking for a place to relax, one can always find solace in Central Park.
Alluring Marrakech, Morocco, is a feast for the eyes, ears, and nose. The many markets and food stalls make it easy to spend a full day simply taking in the sights and people watching through the bustling streets. Photographers will not want to put the camera down as around every corner you find a new delight. There are many historical sites to take in as well as you walk Marrakech.
No list of walkable cities would be complete without Paris. The city of lights just begs to be experienced by foot to take in the lovely cafes, architecture, museums, and historic sites. As you stroll the Champs Elysees you can’t help but feel you’re in a romantic scene from a classic film.
Paris is a popular destination, and therefore crowded pretty much year round, though off season is always going to be better than summer or winter.
Bonus: San Francisco
It may not be the most comfortable city to walk in for everybody (can you say steep hills?!), but there is no denying the payoff when you get to the top. San Francisco is known for some of the most spectacular views, looking out over the bay, with the majestic Golden Gate Bridge.
On the ground, locations like Fisherman’s Wharf and Union Square are perfect if you’re looking to get a feel for the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. Take in the sights and get a unique sense of that Bay Area culture.
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