Sometimes the only way to really get to know the city you are visiting is to take it all in at your own pace. That means strolling around the streets, getting a feel for the people and atmosphere of the place. While some cities are not ideal to walk around because of their hills (hello, San Francisco), others can be enjoyed under the power of your own two feet. We’ve done the hard part and trekked across many of the world’s cities to give you our definitive recommendations on which of them to wander around.
New York, USA
Let’s start with a biggie, New York City. Taking a taxi or a bus around this city just won’t do it the justice it deserves. Walking around the streets of Manhattan really lets you see all that is going on. You can grab a pizza on the corner of a street, or head into one of the many bars, restaurants, or cafes to give yourself a quick rest before you march on through the city. Of course, you will have to get out and walk through Central Park, so why not extend your walk? No trip to New York would be complete without walking around several of the huge department stores the city has to offer.
London is a huge metropolis, but unlike many cities, its streets are narrow and intertwining. This means that if you take a bus or taxi tour, you are going to miss things because they can’t fit down all of the streets. Down some of these little side streets are many little pubs and historic buildings. You’ll want to get a closer look at some of the ancient architecture that you just don’t get to see from the window of a moving vehicle. We recommend getting up at daybreak to really take in the city at your own pace before the working residents start bulldozing their way around the sidewalks and walkways.
Paris, the city of love. What better place to go for a romantic stroll than the French capital city? Take your partner and go for a long walk along the river Seine before ending up frolicking through the Tuileries gardens. The gardens are located beside the Louvre art gallery so make sure you stop by after you’ve experienced the beauty of the gardens. Walk through the streets and enjoy the smell of bread and coffee as you walk past some of the finest cafes Paris has to offer.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a historic city; its streets are a reminder of how we used to live hundreds of years ago. The cobbled stones and narrow alleys can be found all over the city, helping to transport you back to the medieval times. Prague doesn’t get too hot, even during the summer so you can comfortably walk around the city without getting burnt or sweating buckets. With several concert halls and clubs, walk around this city will fill your ears with the sounds of the Czech culture.
These are some of the best cities to stroll around at your own pace. You can just drop yourself into the city and absorb the culture through the sights, smells, tastes, and people that surround you. To get a sense of the history of these places then take a guided walking tour to learn more when you visit. If you are looking to visit a city for your next vacation, then consider walking around one of these cultural hotspots.