While traveling via rented cars or public transportation such as taxi, train or tram can be a convenient and comfortable way to explore a cosmopolitan, another efficient mode of looking around is walking. From hitchhiking to a fine evening stroll — the easy act of walking could be an interesting way to feel the vibe of a city.
Whether walking through New York Times Square or experiencing Paris’ exotic nightlife, moving with the other pedestrians will feel like you are a part of the city rather than a tourist. Here are some of the most pedestrian-friendly cities around the world.
When you think of an exotic European destination full of historic buildings around, Florence will not disappoint you at all. Lying at the Tuscany region’s heart, Florence was once the home of the renaissance and one of the wealthiest European cities. The historical center of Florence is small, so exploring the places on foot is easy. All you need to do is create an itinerary to cover the metropolitan and even the adjacent countryside, if possible.
Suppose you have any specific monuments in mind, such as Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore or the medieval stone bridge Ponte Vecchiothen. In that case, the well-designed sidewalks are out there beside every major street connecting the historical places. Right after Ponte Vecchiothen, you can climb up the Piazzale Michelangelo hill nearby to enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire cityscape and Tuscan countryside. Try a handmade Italian Pizza and a glass of fine wine to comfort your tired legs afterward.
New York City
Did you know the most populous city in the US is also the country’s best walkable city? The mammoth-sized megacity is undoubtedly the world’s financial capital and is a melting pot for diverse cultures. From wandering around Manhattan to jostling through the crowd of Times Square — New York City can be heaven for you if you love to walk. Slow traveling around the neighborhoods is the perfect way to feel its spirit.
The city’s construction is such that you come across numerous tourist destinations and monuments while walking from uptown to downtown Manhattan. This includes the Brooklyn Bridge. No New York walking tour is complete without a walkthrough of its scenic Central Park. An 843-acre area is surely a must-see place for any visitor. Stroll down from iconic Clinton Hill to Fifth Avenue to visit the historical New York Public Library.
Have you experienced The City of Lights at a slower pace? Yes, we are talking about Paris. If you’re in Paris, the first thing you should look up is, of course, the iconic Eiffel Tower. With elegant bright lights, the beauty of the Eiffel Tower truly splashes its aura after sunset. Hop over to The Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries to feel the true essence of Paris.
The medieval Notre Dame Cathedral or a fine evening stroll around Île de la Cité along with the Seine river can evoke the romanticism that resides within you. How can you miss Paris’ romantic neighborhood Sacré-Cœur? The adjacent area of the Roman Catholic Church is ideal if you’re on your feet.
When you’re in Morocco, the scene of exotic North African marketplaces fills your thoughts. If you’re walking, chances are high that you’ll explore the neighborhoods of Marrakech more blissfully than a visitor in a taxi. Just like Florence, Marrakech is a city that can be easily explored on foot. If you walk to the south end of the city, you can find the Koutoubia Mosque. The mosque is the biggest in Marrakech, Morocco.
Walk a little further, and you will find another historical place called El Badi Palace. The ancient 16th-century palace will make you wonder for sure. Now move towards the central part to visit the iconic Jemaa El-Fnaa square to experience some of the stunning Street performances and delicious foods. Hang up your boots at the peaceful Menara Gardens to finish off in style.
Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you take a public vehicle or use your feet. Always try to understand places’ heritage and culture whenever you visit. As they say, don’t be a tourist, but be a traveler. So, pack your bags and start your journey on a trip of a lifetime!