Washington: Do you love getting into your running shoes and going for a jog early in the morning? The best way to explore any city is on foot, taking in its sights, sounds, and smells up close and personal. But while you can saunter just about anywhere, some cities are more walkable than others.
If you ever plan a trip to the US, there are cities which are perfect for the walker within you.
-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Ranked one of the top 10 walkable cities in the USA by walkscore.com, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is easy to get to and around. Not just this, it is consistently cited as one of the most walkable cities in the US.
Once you are in Philadelphia, you will find a multitude of cosmopolitan experiences to choose from, with many restaurants, parks, and cafes that will make you fall in love with the city. It has 6,109 hotel rooms within a four-minute walk, 9,863 hotel rooms within a 10-minute walk and 11,460 hotel rooms within a 15-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. One can also discover Philadelphia by taking 426 miles of bicycle lanes, the most per square mile of any U.S. city, according to Select Greater Philadelphia.
-Seattle, Washington: Whether you want to walk down for work or for fun, Seattle is a dynamic and walkable city nestled in the Pacific Northwest that offers many sidewalks and trails that will get you where you want to go. Some of the most walkable neighborhoods in Seattle include Ballard. Ballard residents don’t prefer a car for their daily commute between grocery stores, parks, and schools.
While in Capitol Hill, streets are tightly packed with movie theatres, cafes, bars, restaurants, and music venues. Downtown, on the other hand, is accessible to shops and public transportations, a wonderfully walkable place in the neighborhood. Unlike other famous wine and beer towns in the US, Seattle is the home of Starbucks. This city is fuelled by caffeine, with 2.5 coffee shops per every 1,000 citizens.
-Boston, Massachusetts: Boston is a city where one can take a tour by foot, trolley, bike or boat. It offers tours for all interests like historical, food and wine, architectural, film, the harbor islands, and even tours for little feet. It is known as the walkable city for a good reason.
Boston has good Hubway bicycle sharing system, by which one can explore the famous Hatch Shell, the Boston University Bridge, or a number of other places. There are also a number of paths throughout the park such as the 2.25-mile Circuit Path Loop. Another attraction is the South Bay Harbor Trail, which is a 3.5-mile trail that extends from the Ruggles MBTA station near Northeastern University in Roxbury to Fan Pier, overlooking Boston Harbor in the Seaport District.
-Minneapolis, Minnesota: In Minneapolis, you’ll never be far from where you need to be – literally. Minneapolis is a compact downtown, so no matter where you are, there are many options to get there quickly and easily.
The city has an award-winning transit system with light rail and buses – taxis, Uber, Lyft – and bike rentals on the streets with dedicated bike lanes all over the city. But the best way to get around is – two feet. There are also buses for “Free Ride” that will take you along Nicollet Mall, or catch the train on the Blue or Green line. Light-rail transit (LRT) connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport, Mall of America, Saint Paul, and 43 other stations.
Built around several lakes and the Mississippi River, Minneapolis’s urban cityscape surrounds a lush green park system, providing the ideal landscape for walking.
-Chicago, Illinois: Chicago is a walking city with an easy-to-navigate downtown grid. Madison Street divides the city north and south, while State Street divides it east and west. The State/Madison intersection marks the origin of Chicago’s address grid system. Not just this, the city was also voted one of America’s most disability-friendly cities by the National Organization on Disability, as it is accessible for visitors with special needs and offers many resources.
Furthermore, Chicago became, even more, bicycle friendly in offering locals and visitors a unique way to explore the city with a citywide bike-sharing program. This environmentally-friendly mode of transportation is a fun, low-cost and convenient way to see the beautiful city. There are over 225 miles of bike lanes and more than 13,000 bike racks. Even 28 CTA bus routes and 8 train routes are serving at 146 stations in Chicago.
With thousands of flight options at two international airports, six class-one railroads, a vast network of major highways and a wide variety of airlines, it is one of the most cost-competitive and convenient cities for domestic and international travel.