walking vacationWe think a walking vacation is truly the best way to immerse yourself in the culture and everyday life of your chosen destination. It’s how you get to know the locals, explore off-the-beaten-path hideaways and stumble upon the best memories of your trip.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.49.31 AMWe don’t rate our walking vacations according to difficulty because we design them all to be very easygoing. You won’t hike, trek or walk from destination to destination, and we’re not trying to cover long distances on foot. Instead, you’ll meander through city streets or take a countryside stroll. The only gear you need is a water bottle, camera, jacket and the right pair of shoes.

Pad gently over the golden sand that lines the crescent-shaped beach at Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio Park and let the warm, blue waters of the Pacific lap against your toes.

Squeeze through the sandstone spires of Bryce Canyon and splash in the refreshing streambeds of Zion’s Narrows slot gorge.

walking vacation quoteIf you’d prefer, you can ride a train to Machu Picchu’s summit, but if you choose to make the 8-mile walk at 7:45 a.m., you might literally have your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds before the sun burns off the morning dew along this stretch of the Inca Trail.

Boots, even light hiking ones, are made for walking frozen glaciers like the ones you’ll find on New Zealand’s South Island, Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and the Canadian Rockies.