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Best U.S. Cities for Walking Tours

10. Austin, Texas

You might not expect a walking-friendly city deep in the heart of Texas, but downtown Austin is surprisingly friendly for pedestrians. Tours of hangout hotspots Congress Avenue and Sixth Street are led Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; plus, you can take a self-guided tour of UT Austin, a central force in the goings-on of the city.

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9. Portland, Oregon

Nothing is quite what it seems in Portland, America's anti-establishment and hipster-filled kingdom. Secrets of Portlandia is equal parts walking tour and stand-up comedy act, and the Know Your City tour takes you beyond the well-known tourist sites to give you an understanding of what Portland means to its locals.

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8. Savannah, Georgia

You won't need a rental car in Savannah; everything you could possibly do is withing walking distance in the historic downtown district. Georgia's first capital has a unique Southern flair that can only be truly appreciated by a guided tour from a local. The accents make those otherwise boring dates and numbers into something special.

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7. San Francisco, California

Tech savvy San Francisco brings something new to the walking tour experience. Detour is a startup (from the founder of Groupon) that offers location-aware audio tours of the city for your iPhone. Think of it as an interactive episode of This American Life. Wild SF tours are led by locals, giving another point-of-view to some of San Fran's most color neighborhoods.

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6. Chicago, Illinois

The architectural boat tours may be one of Chicago's most famous tourist attractions, but why not visit the buildings themselves instead of just looking at them from afar. See the city's historic skyscrapers from the inside, and enjoy the fantastic views looking out over Lake Michigan.

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5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Step back in time on your walking tours throughout Philadelphia. Experience the city through the eyes of our nation's founding fathers. While our suggestions may seem a little expensive ($40+), not that two of them come with a dinner included (or drinks in the case of the pub crawl).

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4. Boston, Massachusetts

Much like Philadelphia, Boston's walking tours focus on colonial America and the young nation's early years. If reenactors aren't your thing, the Freedom Trail can be walked at your leisure; just follow the red line as it winds its way throughout the city!

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3. New Orleans, Louisiana

Walking throughout the French Quarter, you'll feel like you left the country and somehow ended up in Europe. For a truly unique experience, look for one of the tours that focus on the famous haunted houses or voodoo sites of the city. Why not have your own American Horror Story experience?

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2. New York City, New York

NYC is famous for its walkable streets; it's probably how you'll be getting around the city anyway. So why not take a walking tour that's not your average run-of-the-mill fare. "Wildman" Steve Brill takes adventurers on a foraging adventure through Central Park looking for edible plants. Randal Olson put together the ultimate NYC walking tour using an algorithm to hit 27 of the city's most-visit points.

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1. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. takes the top spot on our walking tour list simply for the sheer number of free things a walk around the nation's capital includes. That's right: FREE. If you don't want to go it alone, there are numerous guided tours that will give you more historical background and access to some closed-to-the-public special areas.

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