There’s nothing like the freedom and spontaneity of exploring a city entirely on foot. You stumble upon places the tour guides skip, meet locals along the way, and enjoy the scents and sounds you’d miss from inside a car. (Explore the cities of the future.)
Many U.S. cities are quite walkable, especially those built before 1950, according to urban planners. For city-dwellers, using the popular tool Walkscore is a good way to gauge walkability. Navigating a city on foot is one thing, but a traveler’s true question is: Why would I want to? Does the city offer visually appealing architecture, nature, or landmarks? Do trees canopy the streets? Is traffic slow?