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Old 01-02-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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What are some great pedestrian / public transport friendly places with lots of things to do. Such as museums, parks, zoo etc. I'd like to travel a bit more and check out places in the US before making any decisions on where to move to next.

I was thinking I'd like to visit Baltimore, MD for one.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Well, I hate to sound like Sarah Palin, but I'd say (almost) "all of them", meaning all of the largest say 100 cities in the US.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: NYC
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What are some great pedestrian / public transport friendly places with lots of things to do. Such as museums, parks, zoo etc. I'd like to travel a bit more and check out places in the US before making any decisions on where to move to next.

I was thinking I'd like to visit Baltimore, MD for one.
We'd love to have you! But seriously, Baltimore is somewhat lacking in driver knowledge/concern/enforcement when it comes to pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. Our public transportation is also years behind other systems in cities of similar size.

Having just returned from Colorado, Boulder instantly comes to mind for your criteria. Cars that stop for you in the crosswalk - incredible!
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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Well, I hate to sound like Sarah Palin, but I'd say (almost) "all of them", meaning all of the largest say 100 cities in the US.
I should have expanded on my question.
Do some stand out from others? Nicer parks? Higher quality and bigger museums?
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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I should have expanded on my question.
Do some stand out from others? Nicer parks? Higher quality and bigger museums?
Depends on what you like.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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I should have expanded on my question.
Do some stand out from others? Nicer parks? Higher quality and bigger museums?
Well, NYC is the obvious one. A lot of the cities in the Northeast would qualify (Philly, Boston, and the smaller cities in between like New Haven, Hartford, etc)
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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There is a website called Walk Score that rates cities according to walkability. One of the things they consider is whether the cities have something to actually walk to, so the attractions you mention will be there.

You can even sort them by state:

Most Walkable Cities in the United States on Walk Score - New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:32 AM
 
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There is a website called Walk Score that rates cities according to walkability. One of the things they consider is whether the cities have something to actually walk to, so the attractions you mention will be there.

You can even sort them by state:

Most Walkable Cities in the United States on Walk Score - New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C.
Walkscore is notoriously unreliable. Its maps are old by close to 20 years in the case of my neighborhood, where it completely leaves off a park that my friend and I walk to almost every day. My oldest, now 27, was about 10 when this park was created. It lists some crazy home businesses as retail, and so forth. Use it as a general guildine only.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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What are some great pedestrian / public transport friendly places with lots of things to do. Such as museums, parks, zoo etc. I'd like to travel a bit more and check out places in the US before making any decisions on where to move to next.

I was thinking I'd like to visit Baltimore, MD for one.
I would think NYC would pretty much cover most bases especially comparing it to to every major city in terms of transit, things to do, and quality. Then again it's very expensive to live there so you have to keep that in mind.

Other than that, there's a ton of cities with a variety of museums. Washington, DC would probably have the most if not some of the oldest/largest. It also has decent transit and parks.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Walkscore is notoriously unreliable. Its maps are old by close to 20 years in the case of my neighborhood, where it completely leaves off a park that my friend and I walk to almost every day. My oldest, now 27, was about 10 when this park was created. It lists some crazy home businesses as retail, and so forth. Use it as a general guildine only.
Whatever you say ...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20418525
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