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12 Totally walkable cities to visit

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Lace up and step out

Don't shell out the money for a rental car or metro pass when you can walk to your heart's content in these twelve vacation-worthy cities. Whether you prefer to stay in the states or head to an exotic international destination, one of these gorgeous cities will bring out your inner walking fanatic.
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Pack a tote bag with water and snacks, and put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes like the chic and comfortable Seacoast Flat Slingback Sandals from the Explore24 collection by Easy Spirit. You're about to have the adventure of a lifetime.

1

Stone Town, Tanzania

If you're into architecture and art, Stone Town needs to be on your bucket list. The city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its rich mixture of Indian, European, Persian and Arab influences, along with its traditional Swahili roots. The narrow streets and alleyways are nearly impossible to navigate and appreciate if you're not on foot.

2

Austin, Texas

Although the Lone Star state isn't known for its walkable cities, beautiful Austin is giving that stereotype a run for its money. Stick to Austin's eclectic downtown for a walker-friendly hodgepodge of shops, bars and even historical sites. All of your walking will save you a few extra calories for Austin's renowned Tex-Mex and barbecue.

Stone Town, Tanzania
Stone Town, Tanzania (Photo credit: TomazKunst/iStock/360/Getty Images)

3

Sydney, Australia

Next time you're cursing a North American winter, pack up and travel to the Land Down Under! Sydney's warmest season is smack dab in the middle of our coldest months, so it's a great destination for escape. Your best bet for walking is to stick to one city district for your nightlife and lodging needs, and hop on the ferry or bus system as needed for additional sightseeing.

4

Seattle, Washington

Wander through Seattle's famous Pike Place Market or take a walk down to Belltown for a dose of the city's unique nightlife. Seattle is nicely compact, so everything you really need is within a one-mile radius of the downtown area. (Just make sure to pack comfy shoes, since there are a few hills).

5

Dublin, Ireland

Most of Dublin's sightseeing is located within a small and very walkable district, with plenty of refreshments and shelter should the weather turn nasty. If you need to warm up or take a break, just step inside for a Guinness (or two!).

6

Vientiane, Laos

This tourist destination is a delightful melding of traditional Laotian and French influences. The only way to appreciate this laid-back and friendly city is by viewing the Buddhist temples and tropical flora on foot.

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey (Brian Lawrence/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images)

7

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul bridges the divide between Europe and Asia, so it just takes a quick walk to traverse between the city's metropolitan city center and its historic district. Make sure you check out the Grand Bazaar for a sampling of to-die-for spices, jewelry and artwork.

8

Prague, Czech Republic

Fun fact: Prague is the sixth most popular tourist destination in Europe, and it's easy to see why. The city boasts historic and fascinating architecture, art and culture, which is best appreciated by slowly meandering through its streets.

9

Florence, Italy

It's not every day that you can walk through city streets that were built during the Renaissance. The quaintness of the town will charm you into a delightful stupor of pizza, wine, and amazing artwork.

10

New York, New York

New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the world. Its size makes it difficult to walk from one end of the city to the other, but there's more than enough to see in any of the city's five boroughs.

Florionapolis, Brazil
Florionapolis, Brazil (Photo credit: Maremagnum/Photodisc/Getty Images)

11

Florionapolis, Brazil

What is a vacation without the prospect of bumming on a beach? Florionapolis is a small island off the coast of Brazil, and tourists can enjoy gorgeous beaches and waves while appreciating the city's colonial influences. Unlike other cities in Brazil, the island is largely safe and tourist-friendly.

12

Boston, Massachusetts

Last but certainly not least, the indomitable Boston, Massachusetts rounds out our list. The urban districts are compact, and they're supplemented by some awesome hike and bike trails. Not sure where to start? Check out Boston's Freedom Trail, which will take you through historical sites from America's revolutionary period.

Bonus tip

If you can't travel far, commit to walk your own city! You'll be surprised by what you discover.

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