The 12 most beautiful cities in the world

Sydney, Australia

After walking along the coastline and making the trip across Sydney Harbor Bridge, nobody visits Sydney. The famous Sydney Opera House is located in this city, making it one of the most popular places to explore on foot, particularly on a dry, sunny day.

Try the Coastal Walk of the Manly to Spit Bridge in North Sydney, a series of numbered walks that will take you through the picturesque beaches and bays of the city.

Boston, U.S.A.

Boston is a tiny “big city” to explore on foot, of course. The popular Freedom Trail, a 2,5-mile trail that brings visitors to 16 of the main landmarks of the historic city, including the Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill Monument, and Old North Church, is of great interest to tourists. It’s also a must to navigate the paved streets from Back Bay to Boston Public Garden.

Walkthrough the North End, where the smell of freshly baked cannoli and pizza wafts through the air, attracting visitors to the many Italian restaurants in the neighborhood.

Singapore

There are seemingly endless ways to enjoy Singapore’s scenery on foot — from coastal walks along the beaches of the city to walks through wooded parks and historic quarters. Particularly at night, some of the most unique areas include Gardens by the Bay, a fantastic garden, and the Helix Bridge, which offers beautiful views of Marina Bay.

Suggested Walk: It’s popular, but it can’t be missed: the Southern Ridges Trail of Singapore takes travelers through the forest to the country’s highest pedestrian bridge.

Cartagena, Colombia

With a downtown district reminiscent of New Orleans, Cartagena continues to grow in popularity, with historic elegance by day and a vibrant night scene. Outside the city center, walk through the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas to explore a fortress of the 16th century or head to the area around Iglesia de la Trinidad, a trendy neighborhood with restaurants, bars, clubs, and delicious street food.

Walkthrough the city walls to see this UNESCO World Heritage City from a different perspective.

Fes, Morocco

You can visit Morocco’s deserts by car or camelback, but in the fascinating cities of the country, if you want to immerse yourself in the culture of its people and communities, you want to do it on foot. In Fes, you can visit old palaces like Glaoui Palace (impressive are the elaborate tiles and well-kept gardens), or stop at a nearby tannery to see how leather is made.

Suggested Walk: You can’t go to Fes without getting lost in the medina, a maze of walkways that preserves this ancient city’s history and culture. You will see local people weaving carpets, molding pottery, and on the way cooking traditional Moroccan meals.

San Antonio, U.S.A.

The key landmarks in San Antonio were grouped together, making most of them easy to see on foot. The River Walk, lined with shops and restaurants (don’t miss Boudro’s), is within walking distance of the Alamo, which in effect is close to several other worths visiting missions.

Suggested Walk: Walk through the Pearl Brewery, a trendy complex with a weekend market for farmers, a dance hall, seasonal events, and over a dozen restaurants and cafes.

Paris, France

No trip to the City of Light is complete without a quick stroll to the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Elysees, ducking in and out of luxury shops along the way. Most areas in the city draw visitors to take a walk (and grab lots of pictures), including our favorite, charming Montmarte, home to the Sacre-Coeur basilica.

Suggested Walk: Experience Paris ‘ spooky side with a walk through its famed catacombs, a network of under-the-ground dimly lit tunnels.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Some call Buenos Aires “South America’s Paris,” partly due to its walkability to just about anything — museums and cathedrals; shopping neighborhoods like the Recoleta; and parks including Paseo del Rosedal, with lushly landscaped walkways and thousands of roses.

Move through Palermo Soho’s tree-lined streets, a fashionable neighborhood with bars, restaurants, and nightlife. You can even go on a tour of street art (see Graffitimundo.com).

Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City makes us swoon with a city center reminiscent of France and a chateau-like hotel (Chateau Le Frontenac) with breathtaking city views. Walk along the most photographed street in the city, Rue Saint Louis, lined with cafes in European style. Shoppers will stroll along the Rue de Petit-Champlain, North America’s oldest shopping district.

Suggested Walk: Escape downtown with a picnic lunch (maybe some cheese and wine from downtown store) and drive to Montmorency Falls where you can walk the paths and cross a suspension bridge over a thundering waterfall.

Venice, Italy

Venice is taking the idea of walkable cities to a new level with its complete absence of vehicles. Leave St. Mark’s Square behind (after the requisite pictures, of course) to get lost in the labyrinth of villages inside villages in the area, where the laundry of the locals floats in the breeze through narrow alleys and small cafes open their doors for alfresco dining.

Take a boat to Burano, a charmingly colorful village that can only be visited on foot as well. Fun fact: the only leaning tower in Italy is not in Pisa. Burano has its own tilted structure, St. Martin’s Bishop’s leaning bell tower.

Jerusalem, Israel

Tacky bus tours are not to be found within the walls of ancient Jerusalem, whose sacred sites— including the Western Wall, David National Park City, and Hezekiah’s Tunnels — can only be explored on foot. Other great walking spots include the Jewish Quarter and Mount of Olives ‘ beautiful landscape.

Step down the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and look down from above on its ancient streets.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly a major trading port. Visitors will stroll through the ancient city, where restaurants and food stalls draw travelers to sample the local cuisine. The city is even more magical at night with the streets illuminated by traditional lanterns.

Take a walking tour of the street food, guided by local people, to taste your way around Hoi An.

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