Walking Cities of the South
It’s no surprise that walking is good for you, on a variety of levels. For one thing, it burns calories and
helps to maintain a healthy weight. It gets your heart rate up, lowers your blood pressure, decreases your
risk of cardiovascular disease, and strengthens your body. Beyond the purely physical benefits, walking is
a great stress relief; it provides you with time to reflect and meditate, away from the concerns of daily
life. Here’s your guide to some stellar pedestrian Southern cities—places where the weather will permit
winding your way on foot.
Wilmington, NC’s charming historic downtown,
full of restaurants, art galleries and beautiful homes,
is the perfect place for pedestrians to explore. With
one of the largest historic districts in the Southeast,
this town by the river won’t disappoint hard-core architecture buffs. Stroll along the Riverwalk and stop
in at one of the fantastic restaurants. If you’re in the
mood for fine dining, try Deluxe; if seafood on the
riverfront is more your speed, savor oysters and margaritas on the outdoor deck at Elijah’s. Get your groove
on at one of the many music venues, or see a topnotch performance at historic Thalian Hall, all within
walking distance—then go on back to one of the many
bed-and-breakfasts to get a good night’s sleep.
Most of us are familiar with Charleston’s easy
Southern charm, where shaded sidewalks abut jazz
clubs, boutiques, dining establishments, and more.
The historic downtown district is accessible on foot,
as well as via horse-drawn carriage rides. Get into
the spirit of things with one of the city’s many ghost
tours, or shop to your heart’s content on King Street,
where everything from antiques to clothing to one-of-a-kind works of art can be found. You’ll also want to
check out the wares at Old City Market, a fabulous
place to find the area’s traditional sweet-grass baskets.
On historic Broad Street, take a step back in time—
every building here has a story to tell, and when you’ve
had your fill of days gone by, you can duck into one of