Leave the Car Behind: Discover the 15 Most Walkable Cities in America

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Not interested in spending money on a rental car? We don’t blame you. Travelers appreciate an excellent public transit system to help them navigate the city and love a walkable city even more. Check out some of the best, most walkable cities in the U.S.

1. New York City, New York

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Without a doubt, New York City is a city of commuters. One visitor called it the “ultimate walking city.” Find museums, parks, restaurants, and hotels within a few miles of each, making the “city that never sleeps” easy to explore.

2. Portland, Oregon

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With one of the best public transit systems on the west coast, travelers can use the train, link rail, or bus to explore the city of Portland. It’s home to the country’s largest urban park, plus tons of breweries, museums, and bars. 

3. Chicago, Illinois

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Summer is a great time to visit Chicago. Enjoy the nice weather, street festivals, and free entertainment throughout Chicago. You can always hop on public transit or rent bikes to see the city.

4. Washington, D.C.

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History buff or not, our nation’s capital has much to offer. Aside from the laundry list of museums and historical sites, there are plenty of green spaces to relax in during warmer months throughout Washington, D.C.

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

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The French Quarter of New Orleans is a hot spot during Mardis Gras. But travelers flock to this corner of the south all year to enjoy a traditional Louisiana steamboat, the iconic architecture, and a classic beignet. 

6. Seattle, Washington

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If you’re headed to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has much to offer travelers. The famous Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the original Starbucks can all be visited within a few hours of each other, either on foot or with the help of public transit. Washington also have a few spectacular national parks.

7. Charleston, South Carolina

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Rich with history, Charleston’s “Museum Mile” spans a one-mile section of downtown Charleston with historic homes, churches, and notable parks. You can also venture to John’s Island, where Angel Oak Tree—65 feet tall and 25 feet wide—has lived for over 400 years. 

8. Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston offers the perfect mixture of history and modern-day attractions. By day, explore museums and locations significant to our nation’s history. By night, catch a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park. 

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia’s Old City is commonly called America’s most historic square mile – where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. You can find historical landmarks among great dining, galleries, and exciting nightlife in the “City of Brotherly Love.” 

10. Richmond, Virginia

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The Hometown of Edgar Allan Poe, Richmond features historical architecture designed with beautiful murals throughout the city. Visit St. John’s church, contemporary breweries, and the 100-acre estate at Maymont—a Victorian-designed public park with wildlife, an arboretum, and a Gilded Age mansion.

11. San Francisco, California

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Powell-Mason cable cars are icons of San Francisco, as are their steep neighborhoods and the famous Lombard Street. From the birth of 1960s counterculture in Haight-Ashbury, to historic Chinatown, visitors can explore museums and local eateries throughout the city. 

12. Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland sits on the banks of where the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie meet, with museums, public parks, and a thriving nightlife that attracts visitors year-round. You’ll find the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Baseball Heritage Museum, and the home featured in A Christmas Story in Cleveland. 

13. Austin, Texas

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Everything may be bigger in Texas, but downtown Austin is manageable on foot. Take in museums, historical landmarks, and a diverse food scene. Music lovers will enjoy live music and seeing big acts at Austin City Limits Live. 

14. Denver, Colorado

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The Rocky Mountains are a big attraction to travelers visiting the Denver area. It was also where early settlers struck gold. You can also enjoy the Botanical Gardens and Zoo and visit Molly Brown’s house—Margaret Brown, made famous by Kathy Bates in Titanic.

15. Savannah, Georgia

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The charm of the south is ever-present in Savannah Georgia, from the cobblestones of River Street to the sweeping Spanish Moss throughout Bonaventure Cemetery. Visitors can also see the Mercer Williams House, made popular in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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12 Cities People Voted Are the Snobbiest in America, Do You Agree?

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America comprises of small towns, medium-sized cities, and huge metropolitan regions. Some places are known for being warm and welcoming. In contrast, other sites have well-earned reputations for being incredibly “stuck up.” When users from an Americana-themed discussion forum were asked to name the most pretentious areas in the country, they were more than happy to offer their opinions.

12 Cities People Voted Are the Snobbiest in America, Do You Agree?

15 Countries That Serve up the BEST Street Food Experiences

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There’s something about the vibrance of street food, the richness in flavor, and the rawness of surrounding cultural scenes. Not only is street food more affordable for travelers, but it grants a more authentic experience since this is where natives also gather and convene.

With that said, here are 15 countries serving up the best street food experiences, as voted on by an online foodie forum.

15 Countries That Serve up the BEST Street Food Experiences

20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World Tourists Should Avoid in 2023

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Wanderlust may take you all over the world, but some countries are too dangerous to visit, and knowing which are best avoided in 2023 could keep you safe.

Let’s take a closer look at a list of the most dangerous countries in the world based on data from the World Population Review.

20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World Tourists Should Avoid in 2023

12 Countries You Should AVOID as a Solo Woman Traveling According to Travelers

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Traveling the world is one of life’s biggest joys, but for women embarking on solo journeys, trips to new countries can be stressful and sometimes dangerous. Recently, women met in an online discussion to reveal the countries any solo female traveler should avoid due to a higher likelihood of encountering dangerous situations.

12 Countries You Should AVOID as a Solo Woman Traveling According to Travelers

14 Cities in the USA That Are Criminally Underrated According to Americans

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Everyone’s idea of a vacation or road trip is a little different. There are certain cities we gravitate towards more often, like San Francisco, NYC, or L.A. Have you considered exploring a new city that’s underrated and, perhaps, under appreciated? Check out these U.S. cities that a popular travel forum voted as “criminally underrated.”

14 Cities in the USA That Are Criminally Underrated According to Americans

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