Rushing from one landmark to another location like a monument via tram, train, or taxi can be an efficient way to visit new cities. However, there is something to say about going on foot, exploring places at a more relaxed pace. Still, there are some places to go that are walkable apart from others.
Here’s the guide for the most pedestrian-friendly metropolis worldwide from the city of Vancouver and Vientiane’s place to Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires and the city of Boston.
Paris is a worthy place to see at a leisurely pace, though it might need days to see all it offers. Take a walk along the riverside of Seine to enjoy the breathtaking Jardin des Tuileries as well as the Louvre prior to hopping over Notre Dame and Île de la Cité. You may also want to rest in any of the numerous bars and bistros before visiting the iconic landmark in Paris, which is an hour of walk, The Eiffel Tower. Don’t forget to pass by the narrow winding streets of Montmartre, cafes, and the fascinating Sacre-Coeur, which is among the romantic places in Paris.
The City of New York is among the US’ most walkable places. With Manhattan’s numbered streets and its pedestrianized New York time square, without a doubt takes a part in its walkability stakes. Walk along the iconic streets of Fifth Avenue, also in the Brooklyn bridge into the Clinton Hill, to glimpse its historic and beautiful brownstones. Also, another must-see place to explore is New York’s 843 acres, Central Park.
Medina of Marrakech is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which houses numerous historical monuments and can be conveniently explored by walking. The must-see place of Marrakech’s souks labyrinthine alleyways where you can find the Berber rug weavers, exotic spices, and bright colored babouches. Walking towards the Southward would lead you to the 16th century El Badi Palace ruins, the well-known Jemaa El-Fnaa square where you can see festivals, food stalls, and street entertainers. And to enjoy a quiet, peaceful moment, visit the beautiful olive Menara Gardens in the west.
Considering the traffic in the historic center of Florence, access to residents with permits, taxis, and buses, a city that urges to traverse on foot. It is compared oftentimes as an outdoor museum. Florence is a place that dwells an abundant historic sight which is only of short distance with each other. Starting from the famous landmark which is the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore towards the bridge that was spared during the German bombing in WWII called Ponte Vecchio till the Piazzale Michelangelo with which the breathtaking view of the city can be seen and the neighboring Tuscan countryside. The numerous bars, restaurants, and cafes offer a great place to rest your tiring feet.
Vancouver may be the third biggest city in Canada, but it’s a walker’s paradise. As a matter of fact, due to the pro-active transportation plan and the recently launched pedestrian wayfinding maps, taking a walk is firmly encouraged. Among the city’s famous walk is along the False Creek going to Granville Island in which they can drop by and purchase locally grown and fresh products in its Public Market. Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre park accessible from the city of Vancouver. Bragging mainly of the Nation artwork, the scenic viewpoints and its gorgeous lost lagoon are considered as North America’s first-rate urban parks. On the other hand, a walk across the Lions Gate Bridge towards North Vancouver gives the walkers a breathtaking glimpse of the sea and the city.
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, a contrasting place where the Victorian architecture is situated among the urban parklands and glittering skyscrapers meet the gorgeous bay. Begin in the Yarra River’s sight and the verdant greenery during a walk from the Alexandra Gardens towards the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens. On the other hand, go over Melbourne’s CBD, a historic arcade, and laneways, a place of hip boutiques, cafes, bars, and must-see places like the Old Melbourne Gaol. Have fun and watch people at the St. Kilda beach. Also, ride the elevator and have the panoramic view at the Eureka Skydeck 88, the highest platform for viewing Melbourne city.
7. Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is Argentina’s capital, which is also called ”Paris of South America”, famous for its gorgeous, European-style architecture, famous for its gorgeous, European-style architecture, lively culture, and diverse neighborhoods. If you’re an art lover, you should stroll along the barrio of La Boca. It highlights the street museum-like Caminito with its houses painted vibrantly through talents of the local artist Quinquela Martin and the Fundacion Proa, a contemporary private art gallery. The Recoleta is the epitome of the Buenos Aires upscale neighborhoods, a stroll through its gorgeous parks and streets shows sight including the Floralis Generica, a mobile steel flower sculpture of architect Eduardo Catalano and the place of burial for Evita Peron — the Cementerio de la Recoleta.
The whole city District of Dubrovnik is a pedestrian zone only, so there’s no reason not to explore this place on foot. Labeled as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic, ‘ it features the main thoroughfare, the Stradun which several city sights are accessible such as the gorgeous Onofrio’s Fountain, medieval walls, the old scenic port as well as its 16th-century Sponza Palace. Even outside of the Old City border, Dubrovnik is simply walkable, and the Lapad Peninsula is a must-see place. Walking through the shoreline shows local jewels such as the beautiful Copacabana Beach. A hike in the Hills of the Velika I Mala Petka might be difficult but it is worth seeing its breathtaking views.
Vientiane is the city capital of Laos. It is situated along the Mekong river, a mix of Laotian and French cultures. It’s a gorgeous city for a stroll, thanks for its tree-lined streets and laidback nature. Begin in the Pha That Luang, Lao’s most valuable monument, a stunning gold-covered Buddhist stupa. Walk to the Patuxary Monument whose design is based on Pari’s Arc de Triomphe, the traditional Laotian concept was incorporated. Ascending at the top shows a gorgeous glimpse of its capital. From that point, another important Buddhist site is the Sisaket temple. A short walk awaits the multicultural restaurants to rest your weary feet.
Boston is a place where a lot of trails and walks show the rich culture and the history of the city. The Boston Harborwalk is a 40-mile walkway that is better explored through sections, although some walkers pass by the local landmarks such as Christopher Columbus Park and the Institute of Contemporary Art. The Freedom Trail which is 2.5 miles, is more reachable and it’s a pleasure for the history buffs to pass by the sights such as the Bunker Hill Monument and the King’s Chapel. A detour over the historic neighborhood at Boston Beacon Hill is a must with which walkers will have a glimpse of the cobblestone alley in Acorn Street, the topmost photographed place in the US.