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Are you an Eco-Friendly traveler who likes to know the best walking and hiking trails in the cities you visit? You might be a traveler who wants to get fit and explore the cities you visit on foot? Or do you wonder why anyone would walk when they could hail a taxi or drive to all their destinations. The first two groups already know about the environmental and health reasons to walk as for those of you questioning the idea of walking. For the walking proponents this is a refresher, but here are the top reasons to take a hike when you visit a city. Of course, walking is good anywhere, anytime.

 

 

 

Why walk?

Reduces traffic congestion and pollution:

It’s good for the planet, since it reduces your carbon footprint. For example, when you walk 3 miles in place of driving a car, you save 2 kilograms of carbon emission.

 

Sustainable and economical:

If you aren’t pressed for time, walking is the best way to see a city and it’s free. When you drive or take a taxi, you pass by many sights that you might want to explore. Those special nature and historical sites, and shops that give each city its unique character.

 

Improves your health:

  • Walking provides bountiful benefits, such as:
  • Weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased creativity

Where are the most walkable cities?

NEW YORK

NEW YORK

 

America Walks has recently updated its list of America’s Most Walkable Cities,to highlight the places making the most progress. It compares Census data and a variety of parameters in 2,500 U.S. cities to determine its Walk Score rankings based on principles of New Urbanism.

 

If your a planning a trip or want to know about your own city, you may enjoy checking out the Walkscorescitiesandneigborhoods ratings with over 10,000 neighborhoods in 3,000 cities in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

 

Or do you want to take a hike in the outdoors?

National Geographic can help with Kate Siber’s  BestUScitiesforoutdoorhikes

list of 15 of the best U. S. Hiking cities. In these cities, great outdoor hiking is within an hour of the city.

SALT LAKE CITY

 

BOSTON

 

LOS ANGELES

The only thing to remember before you move out—

A good pair of hiking shoes.

 

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