Traveling from one landmark to another location like a memorial by tram, train, or taxi can be an efficient way to visit new cities. However, there is something to be said about walking and exploring places at a more relaxed pace. Still, there are some places to go apart from others.
Here’s the guide to the world’s most pedestrian-friendly metropolis, from Vancouver and Vientiane to the Argentine capital Buenos Aires and the city of Boston.
Paris is a worthy place to see at a leisurely pace, although it can take days to see all of the offerings. Take a stroll along the River Seine to take in the stunning Tuileries Gardens and Louvre, before hopping over Notre Dame and the Île de la Cité. You can also relax in one of the numerous bars and bistros before heading to Paris’s landmark, an hour’s walk away, the Eiffel Tower. Don’t forget to visit the narrow, winding streets of Montmartre, cafes and the fascinating Sacre-Coeur which is one of the most romantic places in Paris.
2. New York City
The city of New York is one of the best places in the United States to walk to. With Manhattan’s numbered streets and New York pedestrian zone, it undoubtedly participates in its walkability. Stroll the famous streets of Fifth Avenue, also on the Brooklyn Bridge, up Clinton Hill for a look at the historic and beautiful brown stones. Another must-see is New York’s 843-acre Central Park.
The Medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to numerous historical monuments and easy to explore on foot. The must-see place in Marrakech’s labyrinthine alleys, where you will find the Berber carpet weavers, exotic spices and colorful babouches. Going south takes you to the ruins of the 16th century El Badi Palace, the well-known Jemaa El Fnaa Square, which is where you can see festivals, food stalls and street performers. And for a quiet, peaceful moment, visit the beautiful Olive Menara Gardens to the west.
Given the traffic in the historic center of Florence, access to residents with permits, taxis and buses, a city that wants to walk. It is often compared as an open air museum. Florence is a place of rich historical sight that is only a short distance from each other. Starting from the famous landmark, the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore, in the direction of the bridge, which was spared during the German bombing in World War II, it is called Ponte Vecchio, up to Piazzale Michelangelo, from which you have a breathtaking view of the city and the neighboring Tuscan countryside has. The numerous bars, restaurants and cafes offer a great place to rest your busy feet.
Vancouver may be Canada’s third largest city, but it’s a hiker’s paradise. Due to the proactive transportation schedule and recently introduced pedestrian signposts, a walk is highly recommended. One of the city’s famous walks is False Creek, which leads to Granville Island, where they can stop by and buy locally grown and fresh produce at the public market. Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre park accessible from Vancouver. The scenic overlooks and gorgeous Lost Lagoon, which mostly boast of the nation’s artwork, are considered North America’s premier city parks. On the other hand, a stroll over the Lions Gate Bridge towards North Vancouver offers hikers breathtaking views of the ocean and city.
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, a place full of contrasts where Victorian architecture sits amidst urban parkland and glittering skyscrapers meet the beautiful bay. Start with a stroll from Alexandra Gardens to the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens in the eyes of the Yarra River and the verdant greenery. On the other hand, visit Melbourne’s business district, a historic arcade and alleyways, a place filled with hip boutiques, cafes, bars and must-see spots like the Old Melbourne Gaol. Have fun and people watch on St. Kilda Beach. Also, ride the elevator for panoramic views of the Eureka Skydeck 88, the highest platform for viewing the city of Melbourne.
7. Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is Argentina’s capital, also known as the “Paris of South America”. It is famous for its beautiful European style architecture, famous for its beautiful European style architecture, vibrant culture and diverse neighborhoods. If you are an art lover, stroll down La Boca’s barrio. It shows the street museum like Caminito with its houses painted alive by the talents of local artist Quinquela Martin and Fundacion Proa, a gallery for contemporary private art. The Recoleta is the epitome of the upscale neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. A stroll through the beautiful parks and streets reveals the Floralis Generica, a mobile steel flower sculpture by the architect Eduardo Catalano and the tomb for Evita Peron – the Cementerio de la Recoleta.
The entire Dubrovnik district is pedestrian only, so there is no reason not to explore this place on foot. Dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, it has the main street Stradun, which provides access to several of the city’s attractions, including the beautiful Onofrio’s Fountain, medieval walls, the old picturesque harbor and the 16th century Sponza Palace. Even outside of the old town limits, Dubrovnik is easily accessible on foot and the Lapad peninsula is a must. A stroll around the coast reveals local gems like the beautiful Copacabana Beach. A hike in the hills of Velika I Mala Petka may be difficult, but it’s worth seeing the breathtaking views.
Vientiane is the capital of Laos. It is located on the Mekong, a mixture of Lao and French cultures. It’s a beautiful city to take a stroll through, thanks for the tree-lined streets and laid-back nature. Start at Pha That Luang, Lao’s most precious monument, a stunning gold-covered Buddhist stupa. Go to the Patuxary Monument, whose design is based on the Arc de Triomphe of Pari. The traditional Lao concept has been adopted. The climb at the top shows a beautiful view of the capital. From this point on, another important Buddhist site is the Sisaket Temple. A short walk awaits you in the multicultural restaurants to rest your tired feet.
Boston is a place where many walking trails showcase the city’s rich culture and history. The Boston Harborwalk is a 60 km walk that is better explored by sections, although some hikers will pass local landmarks like Christopher Columbus Park and the Institute of Contemporary Art. The Freedom Trail, which is 2.5 miles long, is more accessible, and history buffs will be delighted to pass landmarks like the Bunker Hill Monument and King’s Chapel. A must-see is the historic neighborhood at Boston Beacon Hill, which allows walkers to get a glimpse of the cobblestone alley on Acorn Street, the top photographed location in the United States.