City Walking Tours for Boomers
Exploring on foot, either with a professional guide or self-guided, is always the best way to learn about a destination. You can take your time—especially if it’s an independent walking tour—to concentrate on the places that interest you the most, stop at a sidewalk cafe for a cup of coffee accompanied by people watching, or find an unexpected park for a bit of fresh air.
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When visiting a new area, we make the most out of the experience by getting our feet on the ground. Through the years, My Itchy Travel Feet has accumulated a catalog of walking tour articles that cover, Europe, the United States and beyond. Read about our city walking tours, and those of guest writers, when planning your next trip.
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European City Walking Tours
Most European cities, especially ones that have an historic town center, make the perfect walking tour. Whether you’re visiting on a cruise or traveling on an independent land tour, read our articles before leaving home!
How to take a self-guided walking tour in Amsterdam
With its charming canals and laid-back rhythms, Amsterdam is a great city to explore on foot. Start at Centraal Station, walk beside a canal to Dam Square, explore the Jordaan neighborhood and watch out for bikes! Click on Explore Amsterdam on your own for Susan Guillory’s invaluable Amsterdam walking tips.
Searching for Oddities in Salamanca
As one of Spain’s most beloved towns, Salamanca is rich with history and culture. However, visiting boomers can’t miss out on finding the city’s most intriguing oddities among all of the landmarks on a self-guided Salamanca walking tour. Click on Searching for Oddities in Salamanca for Nicole Jewell’s insider tips.
One Day in Copenhagen
This walking itinerary is great for a pre or post cruise in Copenhagen. David Johnston covers all the highlights of this Denmark city including City Hall Square, Christiansborg Palace, the Little Mermaid and so much more. He’s going to walk your legs off! Click on One Day in Copenhagen to read more about our experience.
This Polish city will surprise and delight you. Enjoy the historical charm of this easy-to-explore city on an independent shore excursion or land adventure. And of course you’ll want to delve into the mystique of the Amber jewelry trade. Discovering Gdansk on a self-guided walking tour shares my tips for an independent tour of lovely Gdansk.
Medieval Italy is Alive in Bergamo
The medieval town of Bergamo is just one of Italy’s many hidden gems. With our experienced guide leading the way, Alan and I quickly fell in love with the charm and history of Cìtta Alta in northern Italy. Medieval Italy is Alive in Bergamo shares my tips about this walking experience. Use them to create an independent tour of Bergamo.
Things to do in Bruges
The winding canals and enchanting architecture of Bruge, Belgium feels as if you’ve just stepped into a fairy tale. David Johnston, shows us how to make the most of a visit to this uncrowded European city, including a walking itinerary plus a canal ride. Plan your trip with David’s tips in Things to Do in Bruge for the Boomer Traveler.
Walking With History in Trani
While roadtripping through southern Italy, Alan and I visited Trani, a historic seaport town in Italy’s Puglia region. Although we had a guide, you can use our itinerary to create your own Trani walking tour. Visit the Jewish Quarter, visit the cathedral, stroll the harbor and explore botanical gardens. I’ll show you how in Walking With History in Trani.
The historic center of Antwerp, Belgium, is easy to explore on a walking tour. Visit photogenic Vlaeykensgang Alley, Flemish-style architecture, cathedrals and an entire stable of fascinating museums. David Johnston shows you how to explore Belguim’s 2nd largest city on a Self-guided Antwerp walking tour.
Exploring History in Matera
Near the conclusion of our southern Italy road trip, our guide convinced Alan and me to stop in Matera. We’re so glad he did. It’s easy to walk through the Sassi settlement dating back to the cave dwellings of prehistoric times. The UNESCO site is made for wandering and wondering. Read more about walking with history in Matera.
Walking around in Braga
If you’re visiting Portugal, go off-the-beaten-path in the north on a trip to Braga. Walk the cobblestone streets of old town Braga that are filled with churches, gardens and awe-inspiring cityscapes. Be sure to read David Johnston’s tips for Exploring Braga, Portugal.
Discover charming Schwerin
Discover a walkable German city with cobblestone streets, historic half-timbered buildings and a castle that sits in the middle of a lake on a charming walking tour that’s easy to do on your own. I loved my time in Schwerin. To read about my experience, click on Take a Walking Tour in Schwerin.
Stopping in Subiaco
Stopping in Subiaco was one of the best decisions we made on our road trip to Southern Italy. While many villages claim to be the “real Italy,” Subiaco is certainly authentically Italian. Click on Stopping in Subiaco to read more about our experience.
City Walking Tours in the U.S.
Okay, I’ll admit it. When it comes to USA travel, Alan and I would much rather be hiking in a national park instead of walking a city street. Having said that, there are times when a U.S city walking tour calls our name. Check through this list to see if any of these recommendations appeal to you.
Spend a Day With Art and History on Reynolda Road
In the early to mid 1900‘s, tobacco and textile tycoons lived side by side on immense estates along Reynolda Road, then a rural area near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Click on Spend a Day With Art and History on Reynolda Road to read more about our experience.
Traveling Slow on a Savannah Walking Tour
Put on your walking shoes! Sam Lowe takes us on a walking adventure in Savannah, Georgia. Explore the city’s beautiful squares, Historic District and City Market. Shh. Was that Georgia history whispering to you? Click on Laid Back in Savannah to read more.
Explore Portland, Maine
Candy Licence takes us on a coastal walking tour of Portland, Maine. Along the way, visit museums, eat lobster, drink beer and explore early American history on the coast of Maine. Click on Explore Portland, Maine to read more.
Richmond is romantic, historic and very walkable. Cheryl Rodewig shares tips for what to see and do in Romantic Richmond, Virginia. Good food, great history and lots of walking!
Santa Fe Historical Walking Tour
You’ll see a lot of history on a one-mile Historical walking tour of Santa Fe. Juliet White shows us around the Plaza of Governors, La Fonda Hotel, Loretto Chapel and more. Put on comfortable shoes and come along!
Walking for Food in New York City
On a walking tour of NYC Food Markets and the Highline, Judy Freedman shows us where to find great tasting food. Then we’ll walk it off on the Highline. Enjoy this fun New York City experience that you can do on your own.
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