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If road tripping and car rentals aren’t for you, don’t worry! You can easily see some of America’s best destinations on foot. Here are the top walkable cities in the U.S. as determined by Walk Score.
10. Baltimore, Maryland
Consider a weekend getaway to Maryland’s historic port city of Baltimore if delicious crab and free museums interest you. From April through November in Baltimore, you’ll find festivals for things such as seafood, wine, Belgian beer, oysters, jazz, and rhythm & blues festivals, to name a few.
Walk around Little Italy, bike along the harbor, and wander through downtown on a Segway tour or seafood crawl. Tour the Baltimore Museum of Art or the Walters Art Museum—both are free. On to the next most walkable cities!
9. Oakland, California
If San Francisco is a bit too pricey for you, consider Oakland–the perfect Bay Area alternative. With a thriving waterfront bar scene and unique historic neighborhoods complete with charming spots such as Grand Lake Theatre and Jack London Square, Oakland is worth visiting. Enjoy a beer on an outdoor patio or stroll through Redwood Regional Park, easily accessible by public transit.
8. Seattle, Washington
Seattle offers both hip downtown vibes and adventure-filled outskirts. Stop by Kerry Park for a great view of the Space Needle and the city skyline. From there, jump on a bus downtown to see the view from the skyscraper’s 50th floor. With a new light rail line connecting the city to the airport, Seattle is easy to explore on a day-long layover in between flights.
2. San Francisco, California
While cable cars are an iconic symbol of this northern California city, tourists use them far more than the locals. Bay Area Rapid Transit will likely get you to your destination faster, but the rickety street cars are wonderful for sight-seeing. You may get tired of walking due to the many steep hills, but San Francisco is still a great walkable city and has plenty of bike and Segway tour options for when that happens. Bike across the Golden Gate on your way to visit Alcatraz or take public transit to see the Redwood trees north of the city.
Manhattan and greater New York City are home to the largest rapid transit system, the MTA, and the easiest place to visit with a car. In fact, having a car here could be as much or more expensive than your accommodation. Walk around Central Park and use the subway or hail a yellow cab if traffic isn’t a nightmare. Walking food tours, outdoor parks, and art museums are a good place to start—but be sure to always obey the crosswalk signs.
Shannon McMahon, SmarterTravel.com | April 20, 2016
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