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Top U.S. Cities That Encourage Car-Free Travel

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As empowering as it can be to hop in a vehicle and cruise around town, sometimes you just want to take in the sights a bit more slowly and in a more earth-friendly way, by walking or biking. Or maybe you prefer to take the bus or a rideshare car when commuting or exploring new locations. Wouldn’t it be nice to know in advance which destinations are the easiest to navigate without a car?

It turns out that a company called Walk Score has done just that. It recently released its annual list rating the walkability and public transportation factor of cities in the U.S. Here are the top 10 destinations from that list, to help you plan your next getaway this summer.


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1. New York City, NY

Bike shares, buses, and rail lines contribute to The Big Apple‘s high ratings for walkability and public transportation options. Three of the top pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are Bowery, NoLita, and Union Square, according to Walk Score.

2. Jersey City, NJ

The best neighborhoods to explore on foot are Journal Square, Historic Downtown (Jersey City), and McGinley Square.

3. San Francisco, CA

Lower Nob Hill, Chinatown, and Downtown-Union Square are all great bets for a pleasant pedestrian experience in Golden Gate City.

4. Boston, MA

North End, Bay Village, and Chinatown-Leather District are the most conducive for on-foot travel.

5. Newark, NJ

The neighborhoods of North Ironbound, University Heights, and Newark Central Business District ranked the highest for walkability, according to the list.

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6. Miami, FL

Little Havana, Wynwood-Edgewater, and Downtown are excellent choices for those who prefer on-foot adventures to traveling by car.

7. Philadelphia, PA

The City of Brotherly Love is also passionate about its pedestrians, especially when you head to the following three neighborhoods: Avenue of the Arts South, Rittenhouse Square, and Center City West.

8. Chicago, IL

Public transportation can enhance a city’s strengths or add to its pitfalls. Chicago’s excellent walkability rating definitely elaborates on its desirability for residents, tourists, and working professionals. West Loop, East Ukrainian Village, and Near North Side are the best for car-free transportation.

9. Washington, DC

The nation’s capitol ranks at #9 on the list when it comes to walkability. Head to U-Street, Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, and Dupont Circle to navigate the top most car-free travel friendly neighborhoods.

10. Seattle, Washington

Pioneer Square, First Hill, and Downtown Seattle are the top three walkable neighborhoods of this quintessential Northwest Coast destination.

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News Source: Business Insider