There are so many great cities to discover on foot. I wear a fitness tracker and love to count my steps especially while on vacation. In this post, I share some of my favorite walking cities. With a little planning, you can hit your step goal and enjoy some fantastic sights.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Located just a three and a half hour drive from Detroit, Niagara Falls is a wonderful city for walking. The Falls are the main attraction of course, but there is the Niagara Parks Botanic Gardens just a short walk down the road from the Falls. After walking the garden, you can take a self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory which is home to over 2,000 species of butterflies.
After dinner, there are many fun tourist things to do. We stayed downtown near Centre Street on Clifton Hill and were able to walk to the Falls and to all the attractions on Clifton Hill each night. With a Skywheel, a Midway and the new Niagara Speedway, there is plenty to see while you are walking through town.
The Freedom Trail is a fantastic walk in any weather. We visited in the spring and had just about every kind of weather from rain to sleet to snow. You can adjust your pace to read the facts in the monuments and buildings along the way. And there are several indoor museums to stop in and warm up if needed.
For a great afternoon stroll, we took the subway to Fenway Park and walked around the neighborhood surrounding the stadium. We were lucky to have tickets to the Red Sox game. With the sun shining on us to keep us warm, were able to walk the whole park and check out some of the great historical displays inside.
The winding streets in downtown Kyoto guarantee a glimpse of the city and even a geisha. But the Fushimi Inari Shrine is a walker’s dream. It is quite a hike up to the shrine but well worth it. The small sub shrines surrounding the main torii are immensely interesting. Be prepared for a day long adventure with lots of stairs and a steep incline.
While in Kyoto, we also did a side trip to Arashiyama. This city is known for its Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park. Again, be prepared for a steep climb to see the monkeys. The Bamboo Forest is unforgettable.
We stayed in the River North area and walked to the Navy Pier in the morning. It was great to see the city vibe and smell the restaurants and coffee shops along the way. Navy Pier itself is a wonderful walk through 50 acres with lots to see and do such as the Ferris Wheel, boat cruises and sweeping views of Lake Michigan.
The next day we walked the Museum complex and saw the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. We wanted to walk Miracle Mile too so ended up taking a car to get there and shopping and walking back to our hotel from Michigan Avenue. And the third day we saw the SkyDeck and the Art Institute. My average number of steps on this trip was 20,000 per day.
We stay at The Grand Hotel every year in July so each day we walk to and from the hotel to town. Even though I treat myself to one pecan ball on this trip, it is no problem to walk it off. There are no cars on the island to it truly is a walker’s paradise. Read my blog for more about walking the gardens at The Grand Hotel.
I have been to Orlando more times than I can count but one thing that never changes is that you will walk 15,000 – 20,000 steps per day depending on what you are doing. The parks such as SeaWorld, Walt Disney World and Universal are fabulous walking amusements. When I am there on business, I am often visiting the Orange County Convention Center which is huge. And at night, I enjoy walking Disney Springs and Disney’s Boardwalk and soaking in the night life. See my blog post on Disney’s Boardwalk.
New York City, New York
What can I say – I love New York. I celebrated my 50th Birthday here and wrote about it in my blog.
It is a definitely walking city. I stayed near Broadway and walked everywhere. Even though I visited in November and it was chilly, I had no trouble getting 15,000 steps per day.
If you are a walker, consider planning your next trip to a destination that makes it easy to do what you love.