National Walking Day was yesterday and “Americans were encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.” However, if you were unaware of yesterday’s walking-fest do not fret; Conde Nest Traveler has compiled a list of their “favorite cities to explore on foot.” Allow this list to inspire you, to get out there and treat every day like National Walking Day. Check this awesome list out below.
1. Bentonville, Arkansas- Wal-Mart is no longer the only reason to visit the small-town Arkansas HQ of the global retailer. The 2011 opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has reshaped the center of this very walkable village, where restaurants and cafes now surround what locals simply call The Square. —Paul Brady
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art- Timothy Hursley/Crystal Bridges Museum of American Ar
2. Lahaina, Maui – Historic Lahaina, an old whaling village on the west coast of Maui, is perfect for strolling. Located right on the ocean, Front Street is filled with charming vintage boutiques, restaurants, cafés, and even a library. —Krisanne Fordham
Front Street- Ron Dahlquist/Getty Images
3. Austin, Texas- April is the perfect time to explore Austin on foot—wait too much longer and the city’s sweltering heat will send you right back indoors. On the north bank of the Colorado River, stroll West 2nd Street for upscale boutiques and al fresco dining. —Laura Carroll
South Congress Avenue- Richard Cummins/CORBIS
4. New York City- NYC is all about its neighborhoods, and the best way to explore them is on foot. Sure, you will find great views from the High Line elevated railroad park and the waterside Brooklyn Promenade—and you will find bags worth of goodies along our best shopping streets (the West Village’s Bleecker and Hudson Streets, Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue, Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue). —Billie Cohen
Bowling Green Park, looking north up Broadway -Chad McDermott / Alamy
5. Newport, Rhode Island- Most visitors to the City-by-the-Sea come to wander Cliff Walk (finally reopening June 13 after Hurricane Sandy renovations) and gawk at the island’s Gilded Age mansions, but few venture across the tracks, literally, to the historic Point District facing the elegant modern Gothic arches of the Newport Bridge.—David Jefferys
Point District – Nik Wheeler / Alamy
6. Chicago – The best way to see Chicago’s beautiful architecture and to enjoy public spaces like Millennium Park is by foot. For a particularly scenic stroll, start at the landmark Water Tower, one of the few remaining buildings from the Great Chicago Fire.—Lianna Trubowitz
Millennium Park- Richard Nowitz/Corbis Images
7. Palm Beach, Florida- Beaux-Arts mansions, palm-tree-lined boulevards, and pastel-colored storefronts—there’s nothing quite like a stroll around the 16-mile isle of Palm Beach.—Lindsay Talbot
Worth Avenue – Russell Kord / Alamy
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