Recently we wrote an article called, “City Hiking Adventures: How To Get Started,” where we explained the differences between a “walk” and “city hike”. Plus the benefits of hiking locally. This brought back memories of when we use to fly to other destinations, and travel through the use of rental cars or subways. Fortunately, there’s also great places when you visit other cities that can be easily reached by walking. These world-class destinations such as the hills of San Francisco to Washington, D.C’s cherry blossom-filled Tidal Basin can easily be reached by foot. So, we proudly present to you, the 10 most walkable cities in the U.S. Along with the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in each one, as determined by Walk Score.
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Here are the 10 most walkable cities in the U.S
10. Long Beach, California
Long Beach is an urbanites dream come true when it pertains to walking. Being one of the most walkable cities in the U.S, this is a place you can satisfy your inner urbanite. And you’ll definitely enjoy downtown with its beach’s vibrant waterfront scene.
It features eclectic neighborhoods and plenty of sandy beaches. Long Beach is a place you’ll find to be an urban waterfront playground.
Make sure you visit the museums. Take a tour of a 1930s ocean liner and watch sea lions at Long Beach’s aquarium. Enjoy live performances and cruise Naples canals.
Spot dolphins at play on your way to Catalina Island. Or take a short jaunt to Disneyland. Universal Studios Hollywood. Or other Southern California attractions.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Franklin School, Saint Mary, and Downtown.
9. Oakland, California
A little smaller than San Francisco, Oakland is the perfect Bay Area alternative to the pricey City by the Bay. You’ll love the bustling waterfront bar scene and diverse historic neighborhoods.
This makes picturesque spots like Grand Lake Theatre and Jack London Square worthwhile to visit. Sip a drink slowly on an outdoor patio. Or take a trip to Redwood Regional Park, which is accessible by public transit.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Downtown, Koreatown-Northgate, and Temescal.
8. Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington is a dynamic, urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. A city just waiting to be explored, by walking. Seattle offers both downtown sheen and adventure-packed outskirts.
You’ll definitely want to see the Space Needle and skyline from Kerry Park. Then afterwards hop a bus downtown to peer the opposite way from the skyscraper’s 50th floor.
The Space Needle is part of Seattle Center. A walkable area that includes Chihuly Garden and Glass. The Pacific Science Center. And the Museum of Pop Culture. Another great place to walk is along the waterfront.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Downtown, International District, and Belltown.
7. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is a place unlike any other, filled with monuments and memorials. Eclectic neighborhoods. Along with true local flavor. Washington, D.C. will feel like your home away from home with free museums. Award-winning restaurants and more.
We recommend you start exploring Washington, D.C. on foot at the sprawling National Mall. This mall runs from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. And contains enough attractions to keep you busy for days.
But that’s not all Washington, D.C. has to offer. The city has plenty of other neighborhoods worth exploring. Including Dupont Circle with its vibrant shops and galleries. And Georgetown with its historic cobblestone sidewalks.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: U-Street, Dupont Circle, and Mount Vernon Square.
6. Chicago, Illinois
Among the largest cities in the U.S, Chicago sits along Lake Michigan in Illinois.
Chicago is famous for its bold architecture. It has a skyline dominated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, at 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.
The city is also well-known for its museums. Including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works
Also known as the Windy City. It has a towering skyline. Eclectic neighborhoods. And urban Lake Michigan beaches making it a young and vibrant destination that draws hordes as soon as it warms up each summer.
Chicago is also worth visiting in the winter. With plenty of museums and an amazing culinary scene. There’s music, comedy, sports, and food festivals from spring through fall. All comfortably accessible by foot or public transit. Pedestrian trails along the river and the lake offer some of the city’s best waterfront views.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Easy Ukrainian Village, Near North Side, and West Loop.
5. Miami, Florida
Miami is one of the state’s – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. And for good reasons. The Miami area has something interesting to offer for everyone.
The best way to truly explore Miami is by foot. By walking, you’ll get plenty of time to notice its colorful neighborhoods and meet its friendly locals. You’ll enjoy everything from South Beach relaxation to street art walks and Little Havana.
You can soak up a little sun by leisurely lying on the beach. And learn about art deco architecture from the sidewalk. While strolling past brightly lit Calle Ocho at night. All which are easily within reach of downtown.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Downtown, Wynwood-Edgewater, and Little Havana.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for “Rocky” movies, is a great place to get in touch with American history at the Liberty Bell. Eat authentic cheesesteaks and hoagies. And stumble upon public art and festivals in the first American city to be designated as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.
Philadelphia is almost entirely walkable and outdoor-friendly, with historic districts full of cobblestone streets and more than 10,000 acres of public green space to be explored across the city.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Center City West, Rittenhouse Square, and Avenue of the Arts South.
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is the smallest of the top five best walking cities in the U.S. This makes it’s downtown core perfect for walking entirely in a day, if you’re up for it.
The Narrow cobblestone roads and picturesque parks dating back to colonial times make this charming utopia perfect for strolling. And the famed Freedom Trail is one of the country’s most popular walks.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Beacon Hill, the North End, and Bay Village.
2. San Francisco, California
Don’t let the steep hills that might tire you out a bit, fool you. San Francisco is the second most walkable city in the U.S. The high hills provide a better view of the bays.
For those that don’t want to walk. There’s plenty of bike and Segway tours that you can take advantage of. Or even explore on an adult kick scooter. Such as the Xootr scooter.
Imagine gliding through the colorful streets of Chinatown, on your scooter. Kicking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Or going all out while exploring green spaces like the Presidio and Lands End.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Tenderloin, and Downtown-Union Square.
1. New York, New York
A place we know extremely well. Manhattan and greater New York City are home to the biggest rapid transit system in the United States, the MTA. And the best place to visit by walking.
Taking the subway, and finishing your journey by foot or kick scooter will be much cheaper than driving a car. Something that can cost just as much as the hotel you’re staying at.
Instead, let yourself wander through Central Park. Take a walking food tour. Or simply pick one of these Manhattan neighborhoods and let yourself get lost. Just make sure you actually know your way back to your hotel.
Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Bowery, Little Italy, and the Flatiron District.