• San Francisco stands out as one of the most walkable cities in the US

    2013-04-03

    In an effort to encourage more people to get up and moving, the American Heart Association dubbed April 3 National Walking Day. If you're among those travelers looking to inject a little more physical activity to your vacation plans, you may want to pick a destination that is conducive to exploration on foot. Some cities are better than most, and the website WalkScore.com recently released what it considers to be the most walkable destinations in the country.

    New York City landed in first, which should not come as much of a surprise, but there are several others that may raise a few eyebrows. For instance, San Francisco came in second on the website's rankings. Aside from being one of the best cities to walk through, San Fran has also emerged as one of the most popular tourist draws in the United States, and if you're headed out West there are a few spots in the city you should amble over to.

    While walking through San Francisco, making your way across the Golden Gate Bridge by foot is one of the best experiences you can have. There's something that walking across the bridge offers versus driving, or even riding a bike, can't. Visiting this iconic landmark is a must, and taking in the picturesque views of the bay is sure to leave a lasting impression long after you've made your way home.

    The Golden Gate Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most visited highlights of San Francisco, but there are several other easily walkable destinations that may not be quite as heavily populated with other tourists. One of them is St. Mary's Square in Chinatown. The park offers the perfect respite from the bustling city streets, and it is also home to the striking statue of Sun Yat-sen, one of the most famous figures in Chinese history.

    After leaving St. Mary's Square, make a point to walk down to Old St. Mary's Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Built in 1854, the church is among the oldest in California, and aside from standing out as an architectural highlight, the church also contains some stunning photographs from the early 20th century.

    Experiencing a new city is always going to be an exciting undertaking, but there's something about doing so on foot that makes it even more compelling, and San Francisco is certainly a good city to explore as a pedestrian.

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