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Old 09-28-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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Hello, Im thinking of going to the US for a visit from overseas. I have never been there before so the biggest question I have is what cities in the USA are best for walking. I plan to start my trip in Washington, DC and then I want to travel to other cites via train and or airplane but Im not completely sure waht cities have good transportation systems and are easy to get around without a car. I do not want to rent a car because based on what ive read in travel books it seems like a very confussing process with alot of rules than in Europe. If anyone can answer this question I have I would be very thankful because Ive read many travel book but they just confuse me.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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American cities with good rail transit systems where you can get around easily without a car: Washington D.C., NYC, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Portland, Philadelphia...
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Boston is a wonderful place to be without a car. Much of New York is, as well. Parts of San Francisco are very pedestrian-friendly, as are parts of Washington and Chicago.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:55 PM
 
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I found it difficult to get around Atlanta without a car.

NY is #1 for being walkable.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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NYC and Chicago for sure. Philly if you have time
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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I wouldn't base your city decision on this alone, at least not initially. Most large American cities have at least acceptable public transportation systems, despite the myths otherwise. I'd pick cities on what you want to do and what you want to see and work from there.

You will run into problems in many small cities and in small towns, but that's not to say you should discount them, either. In those situations often everything you want to see is fairly central and you can get to where you want to go by walking.

Really, I can't think of any American city that I haven't been able to enjoy on foot or without a car. The only thing that comes to mind is Missoula, Montana, but even then I think it would have been okay if we weren't stuck staying at a hotel far out of town. Some are easier than others, of course. (And I am still bitter that the Bay Area's children's museum is totally unaccessible by public transportatation. No buses, no safe sidewalks; the only way to get there is by a car.)
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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I found it difficult to get around Atlanta without a car.

NY is #1 for being walkable.
Of course you did. Parts of NYC are difficult to get around without a car too...but let's split some hairs.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Of course you did. Parts of NYC are difficult to get around without a car too...but let's split some hairs.


Yeah, Staten island, that's it. That represents about 20% of NYC.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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Anyway...back to the topic of which cities are walkable - not which cities someone thinks AREN'T.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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I'll offer up a surprising entry: San Diego. The public transit system in this town is surprisingly very efficient. I am in San Diego every year for travel, and am continually impressed by their public transit system. You can travel to the Mexican border from the Santa Fe Depot downtown, very cheaply. Or you can go to the northeast suburbs. Not many people IMO, however, utilize the rail. In the 5 years of using their public transit system, I've only been asked one time for my riding pass. Translated: you could ride free if you wanted to.

Portland Oregon is another example with a great light rail system. The last time I was there to visit family, I went from the airport, which is on the east side of town, to the southwest, near Beaverton, for 1 dollar, and then walked about a half mile the rest of the way.
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