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7 Cities That Are Great for People Who Want to Explore on Foot

There are cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam that draw cyclists from all over the world because of their networks of bike infrastructures, then there are cities where you want to ensure you pack your favorite running shoes because of their big parks, scenic pathways, and forest trails. But what cities appeal to people who want to ditch public transport, leave their running shoes and home, and simply explore at their leisure and on foot?

Paris, France

Among the most walkable cities in the world is Paris, France. The city has many iconic landmarks and hidden treasures which you can find on a walking tour. This is also a great way to see all the boutiques nestled into the side streets and eat at some of the most delightful cafes.

Walking tours to consider include exploring the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (the city’s largest cemetery), the Eiffel Tower food tour, and the Ghost and Mystery Night Walking Tour of Paris.

Venice, Italy

Venice is a walking city. Due to the lack of vehicles in Venice, traveling on foot has become the way of exploring the city; wander around the intertwining canals, discover secret streets, and marvel at the local tourist attractions.

You will probably get lost more than once, even with a map, but this is all part of the experience!

Munich, Germany

Munich has a pedestrian-friendly city center and is well-known for it’s pedestrianized streets which are perfect for tourists to wander through. Marvel at the beautiful public buildings, explore the local attractions and spend a day in the well-maintained parks, including the English Garden.

Vancouver, Canada

Canadians are known to be some of the nicest people in the world, but Vancouver is a beautiful city not just for its inhabitants. There are plenty of scenic walks tourists can enjoy while here; these include the promenade along the False Creek shoreline or a stroll along Coal Harbour. But if romance is what you’re after then try walking along the seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave.

New York City, U.S.A.

New York City is a fast-paced city, and one of the most logical ways to get around would be to walk. It’s pretty crowded, but it also has very clear street names and numbers, making it easy to see where you are. If you don’t want to explore on your own, then sign up for one of the walking tours in the city, these include a Lower East Side food and culture tour, walks through major attractions such as Soho, the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and tours that explore the some of the most interesting neighborhoods including Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

Florence, Italy

You can soak up the city and see so much more by exploring on foot in Florence. Florence is a small city, and most of the streets found within the historic center don’t allow cars, which is perfect for pedestrians who want to take a casual stroll through town, and there is a historic sight on almost every turn.

There are also walking tours provided for different areas!

Dublin, Ireland

The Irish capital is a great destination for tourists who want to explore on foot. If you want to be entertained by street performers and musicians and do a bit of shopping then Grafton Street is the perfect place for this, wander through the St. Stephens Green park or simply take a moment to relax here, and then make your way to Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university.

There are many other places you can access by walking, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral which was completed in 1191, and the lively district of Temple’s Bar (which is filled with pubs and restaurants). Although there are plenty of Hop-on, Hop-off buses if you want to see some of the main tourist attractions.

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