There’s nothing quite like exploring a new metropolis on foot. Not only do you get the opportunity to discover hidden gems throughout the city, but you’ll also be able to interact with locals and explore the city at your own pace.

Some cities are more walkable than others, with compact neighborhoods, impressive architecture, and an abundance of landmarks, shops and restaurants all within reach. The most pedestrian-friendly cities beckon visitors from all over the world to stroll through their cobbled streets, paths, bridges and alleyways. Here are some of the most walkable cities in the world:

Paris, France

There’s no better way to experience this old romantic city than by foot. Paris is known as one of the most walkable cities in the world, with an abundance of attractions in every direction. Pass palaces, gardens, boutiques, markets, patisseries, monumental buildings and other hidden treasures as you walk the cobblestone side streets of the City of Light.

Madrid, Spain

Many of Madrid’s busiest roads are actually car-free, making the city ideal for walkers. Stroll by beautiful public parks and gardens, stunning architecture, historical monuments, and so much more in Spain’s central capital. The city’s main attractions, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels and other amenities are all within walking distance of each other.

Boston, United States

Boston is one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the U.S., with beautiful cobblestone alleyways, historical landmarks everywhere, and navigable streets. Walk the Freedom Trail for a look at Boston’s Colonial past and role in the Revolutionary War, or follow or Harborwalk for views of the city’s gorgeous harbor.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is among the most walkable cities worldwide, with stunning natural surroundings. Here, you can explore lush parks, beaches and historic neighborhoods on foot. The city provides pedestrian wayfinding maps to help you navigate through the third-largest Canadian city’s scenic viewpoints, urban parks, shopping districts and more. Vancouver’s public transportation system is also extremely efficient and accessible, making vehicle-free travel easy and convenient.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires is a city filled with beautiful European-style architecture, cultural neighborhoods and vibrant, colorful houses. Stroll through the city’s pedestrian areas lined with quaint shops, cafes, wine bars and steakhouses. Enjoy the city’s beautiful streets, landscaped walkways, fountains, parks and magnificent art scene.

Florence, Italy

Florence lends itself to a walking-centric vacation, with narrow cobbled streets, beautiful pedestrian bridges, and incredible Renaissance architecture designed to be explored on foot. Experience breathtaking views of the Italian city and surrounding countryside, while indulging along the way in the city’s plentiful cafes, bars and restaurants.

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