25 Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Travel Destinations

25 Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Travel Destinations

I never really considered “walkability” as a consideration when planning my next vacay destination. However, after watching this video I’ll have to add it to my list of criteria. After all, how many of us really travel to a place just so we can drive everywhere or take the bus?


Here’s the list as it appeared in the video:


25. Madison, Wisconsin

24. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

23. Ann Arbor, Michigan

22. Chicago, Illinois

21. Washington, D.C.

20. Portland, Oregon

19. Edinburgh, Scotland

18. Austin, Texax

17. Melbourne, Australia

16. Miami, Florida

15. Montreal, Canada

14. Toront0, Canada

13. Boston, Massachusetts

12. Torrance, California

11. Vancouver, British Columbia

10. Munich, Germany

9. Honolulu, Hawaii

8. Seattle, Washington

7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6. Florence, Italy

5. Paris, France

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

3. Cambridge, Massachusetts

2. San Francisco, California

1. New York City, New York

Any cities missing that you think deserve to be on the list? Leave a comment and let us know.

Suggestions from our readers:

Keep the comments rolling in please. I’ve been getting some great suggestions from you guys!

  • The Netherlands (apparently all cities in the country are very walkable (Thanks Phil and Jan!)
  • Cork, Ireland

Main Photo: “Platja de la Barceloneta” by Nathan Wind


  1. Surely Amsterdam, The Netherlands is a deliberate omission, along with every other Dutch city!

    Also Cork, Ireland

    • Hey Philip. Thanks for commenting and pointing everyone to the Netherlands — I definitely agree with you. Hope to see Cork and the rest of Ireland someday soon.

  2. What happened to Copenhagen and Amsterdam? They’re HUGE walking/cycling cities …

    • Thanks Jan. I added “The Netherlands” as a whole to the post for future visitors. Love your blog!

  3. Uh, Paris on the top of pedestrian and bicycle friendly cities? No substantial information in this video why it is on this rank. Have you ever biked on that busy roads, searching for a bike lane? Have you ever searched for a pedestrian shopping area outside? Copenhagen and the dutch cities not even mentioned here. And by the way: why are “Destinations” equaled to only cities? Very very superficial

    • Hey Hans,

      What can I say man? Every journey has a starting point and you have to stop somewhere (ie., destination) along the way. 😀

      Paris and many other European hotspots are great places to walk, but by no means does that mean you won’t have to watch out for traffic (though some suburbs such as Sceaux and Antony are really tame in the traffic department while still being close to the main center). I remember hearing last year that the mayor of Paris has passed a “no diesel” law in the city also to be instituted this year, to make the city even more pedestrian-friendly.


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