When any publication releases its “hit lists,” my first reaction is to scan for my city (Chicago), then shake my head in agreement or reach with pure disdain (like the time Forbes.com named the Windy City as one of the most miserable places to live in the U.S.–a link that was heavily circulated in my Facebook network, and by a New Yorker no less.).
This week, Prevention magazine got it right with its report on the 25 Best Walking Cities. Not only were the obvious on the list (San Francisco, New York and Chicago–yay!), but medium-sized towns earned spots, too (Minneapolis, Columbus, Rochester).
Because the “winners” always get play, I’d like to focus on the bottom five, and why you’d want to pack your New Balances while vacationing there. Oh, and that picture above, that’s Seattle, which ranked No. 7. Who wouldn’t want to walk along that copper-hued horizon?
Prevention loved its user-activated pedestrian lights. Find your Tuscon vacation home here.
Sac-town is lauded for participating in PARK(ing) Day, where the city temporarily transforms parking lots into green spaces. Find your Sacramento vacation rental here.
Along with a killer live music scene, Austin boasts 50 miles of scenic paths. Scope out our Austin vacation homes now.
22. New Orleans
Those wrought-iron fences, historic mansions and colorful locals are worth racking up your pedometers. Scan our New Orleans vacation homes.
A city without at least 10 parks is shameful. Columbus has hundreds, including one that recreated the famous Seurat painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Beat that.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.