Why Boston is “America’s Walking City”
Boston has a historic landmark around every corner, a population of die-hard sports fans, and even a state dessert, but what really sets Bostonians apart is their healthy outlook. With parks, attractions, and businesses so close together, Boston makes it easy to get around on foot hence its reputation as “The Walking City.” Named one of the top 10 fittest cities in the country by the American Fitness Index, and ranked #3 on the Forbes healthiest cities list, it’s obvious that Boston’s population loves to move, and with all the outdoor beauty it has to offer, getting out for some exercise doesn’t take much persuasion.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Boston had one of the highest numbers of commuters heading to the office on foot versus getting behind the wheel. Boston is relatively compact with so many hidden gems to explore that walking or biking is the recommended mode of transportation. The city’s famous historic walking tours from the iconic Freedom Trail, and postcard-worthy Beacon Hill tour, to the Road to Revolution, are essential to any Boston experience and combine fresh air and exercise with an intriguing glimpse into Boston’s rich heritage
The Emerald Necklace is Boston’s 1,100-acre crown jewel and provides a natural sanctuary for pedestrians and cyclists. Home to six parks including Back Bay Fens, Franklin Park, and the Arnold Arboretum, this expansive park system boasts everything from tranquil woodlands, and picturesque waterways, to botanical gardens. This sprawling network of green space gives outdoor enthusiasts a picturesque haven for golf or basketball, enjoying a hike or taking a leisurely stroll. Dating back to 1634, Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country and feels a world away from city life. Whether it’s going for a run or walking the dog this Boston landmark is an outdoor gallery of iconic monuments and historic landmarks.
The Charles River Esplanade is an urban oasis with more than five miles of tree-lined walking, and running paths, picture-perfect bridges, and fitness amenities. With beautiful views of the city skyline and an abundance of lush landscape, this is Boston’s go-to spot to escape the hustle of the city and enjoy some scenic cardio. Stretching from Charleston to Dorchester, Boston Harbor Walk is another pedestrian-friendly mecca that visitors make a day of. Sunrise to sunset, this nautical retreat boasts panoramic views of the city, boats swaying in the harbor, and has an array of restaurants, and shops that turns a casual jog or stroll into a maritime getaway.