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Walking Tours – The Best Way to See a City

Are you looking for something fun and different to do? Need an easy to execute everyday adventure? Why not try a walking tour? Walking tours are the best way to enjoy the city.

Benefits of a walking tour

Unless you sign up for a paid version (which can also be fun), most walking tours are free. A walking tour is a great way to get a good feel for a location. You’ll learn a little history, see some interesting sites AND get exercise. Sounds like a win-win-win to me!

Learn some history while you are on a walking tour!

When we participate in walking tours I always end up finding something extra that wasn’t a part of the tour too. An interesting shop, a local restaurant, or just a beautiful old house are all things we’ve stumbled upon while out walking. I’ve definitely found that the best way to enjoy a city is on foot.

How to find a walking tour

Most touristy areas have either maps or guided tours so the easiest way to find those is to simply Google “walking tours” and the city name. For example, when I Googled “walking tours Indianapolis” I came up with over a dozen options – most of them free or less than $10!

If you are visiting a smaller town, you might have to get a bit more creative. As I’ve been doing a lot of research lately for my Explore Indiana series, I’ve discovered some really cool walking tours in towns I would never have thought would have them. Some of them are geared towards sculptures or murals, and some are historical in nature, but regardless I’ve been able to print or download maps for most of them through the local Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB).

Find and print out walking tours at home.

Another possible resource is the app PocketSights – depending upon where you are going you may find a few great walking or driving tours. I put in a radius of 100 miles from my location and discovered half a dozen options! The app is free, so definitely check it out.

👉 If you don’t mind paying a small fee, Viator often has fun walking tours. There are many options for scavenger hunt-type outings – and some of them could definitely qualify for a walking tour. It’s a ton of fun and all you need is your phone! Viator is the perfect way to enjoy a city you already know – or a new one!

How to get the most out of your walking tour

If you are on a group tour, get to know your tour guide. Pay attention to the info they are sharing and ask questions – if you get them engaged, I bet you’ll learn a lot more and have a more interesting time.

If you are walking on your own, print out a map (or pick one up at the CVB if available). Google Maps on your phone can also be helpful to keep you from getting lost if you have specific locations you are visiting.

Follow a map or Google Maps to help you find interesting sites while you are walking.

👉 Don’t forget the most important part of a walking tour – your feet! If you want your feet to thank you after walking all day, check out the Allbirds Tree Skipper – heaven for your feet!

Take your time. Don’t try to rush through your walking tour. Really look at the sites and soak in the atmosphere. If there is a historical marker, read it. Often they have interesting stories about the location as well as the facts.

Stop if something catches your eye. See a cute little chocolate shop? Pop in and talk to the employees – they can often tell you even more history or background about the nearby buildings or area you are exploring. Take a leisurely lunch break at a darling cafe or mom-and-pop diner along your path. Have fun posing by all the murals you find. These little stops will make your experience much more memorable – and fun!

Pose by fun murals to add excitement to your walking tour

Do you enjoy walking tours? I think it’s one of the best ways to get a feel for a location and it’s so much fun!

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  1. I found that a walking tour is a great way to explore a city. I took a walking tour both in Quebec and also in Charlotteville. They were offered through the cruise ship. I learned a lot on the tour. I love learning about the history of places that I’m visiting.

  2. Excellent! I love taking walking tours, I’ve learned so much over the years. I think one of my favorites was a walking tour of Berlin.

  3. Great advice! We like to do tours of places, and we’ve found ghost tours to be our favorite, especially since it’s usually cooler when we travel in the summer. You learn so much more from walking tours and guided tours.

  4. I love walking tours. I have had a few where the group is too large and it is hard to hear them when they talk.

  5. I have done some walking tours in Europe but not in the US! I will have to look around and see what I find!

  6. I’ve only ever done self guided walking tours, but the ones I’ve done had detailed descriptions of each place or audio recordings you could play at each stop which was really neat. I love places where it is possible to do this because you get to sightsee, get some exercise, learn about the place you’re visiting, and can go at your own pace.

  7. My favorite walking tour that I’ve done so far is Rick Steves’ Rothenburg, Germany tour. It was so informative and entertaining. Made me want to do walking tours for the rest of our trip – only we couldn’t find any at the time (this was in 2007.)

  8. Walking tours are the best! I’ve never actually paid for one, we usually do our own, but it is so fun to learn about different places and really “feel” them.

  9. I’m a huge fan of walking tours – a fabulous way to immerse yourself into the culture and learn more about the area’s history.

  10. I agree! Walking tours are an excellent way to explore a city and learn interesting facts. Every city I go to, when I travel, I take a walking tour. I love the hop on/hop off buses too!

  11. I have never been on a walking tour, but the next time I go to a historic city, we need to do one! I always feel like we miss so much.

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