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Stairway Walks in San Francisco, 9th edition
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Stairway Walks in San Francisco, 9th edition
Mary Burk with Adah Bakalinsky


The essential San Francisco travel guide for walkers and hikers

Hundreds of public stairways traverse San Francisco’s 42 hills, exposing scenic vistas and linking colorful, diverse neighborhoods. Local authors and city explorers Mary Burk and Adah Bakalinsky present 34 of the best stairway walks that the City by the Bay has to offer. Explore well-known and clandestine corridors, from Lands End to Bernal Heights to Telegraph Hill. Absorb the California city’s sights and sounds while discovering its architecture, history, pop culture, and horticulture.

Stairway Walks in San Francisco has something for everyone, whether you want to see a unique neighborhood, find an inspiring exercise route, or go on a sight-seeing adventure. Each walk features all the information you need, including a description, directions, map, and at-a-glance summary. Plus, the comprehensive appendix lists every one of San Francisco’s 600-plus public stairways. The guidebook has been an essential tool since 1984. Now fully updated in its 9th edition, Stairway Walks in San Francisco is for residents and tourists alike who wish to adventurously uncover the city’s well-known treasures and unexpected delights.



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Walking Albuquerque: 30 Tours of the Duke City's Historic Neighborhoods
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Walking Albuquerque: 30 Tours of the Duke City's Historic Neighborhoods
Stephen Ausherman


Given its history and massive sprawl, we must admit that unlike Nancy Sinatra’s boots, Albuquerque was not made for walking. But it wasn’t always that way. From the time of its founding in 1706 to the arrival of the railroad in 1880, Albuquerque was, by lack of choice, a pedestrian town. Then from the establishment of “New Albuquerque” a new way of life would evolve. Trolly lines sprang up, soon to be replaced by private automobiles. Route 66 brought in more traffic than it could handle. By the latter half of the 20th century, Albuquerque found itself in the crosshairs of two major interstates. It had also become a hub of aviation with its air force base and international sunport. More aerial traffic would come in the form of an international balloon fiesta, which soon grew into the world’s largest. In short, the town is heavily dependent on mechanized transportation.

However, that doesn’t mean the art of walking has met its demise here. Far from it. A resurgence in plans and efforts to make it walkable again indicates that the city is on the verge of a pedestrian renaissance. In the meantime, navigating it by foot requires some local guidance and expertise. That’s where Walking Albuquerque by local author and explorer Stephen Ausherman comes in handy. With 30 routes mapped out in valley, the heights, and beyond, it’s the first guidebook of its kind to cover the entire city and surrounding areas, including tourist sites and famous filming locations, along with several hidden treasures most locals don’t even know about. Rich in history and obsessive in detail, the book is written to encourage readers to take the next step and make each walk an enjoyable little journey.

The art of walking involves a particular sense of relating to the cityscape, an ecological view that connects us to its natural and cultural environment. Walking is storytelling in motion, a narrative unfolding not in a chronological order, but rather a spacial sequence of layered events. The “spatial story” is a device that allows connections to be made between a specific place and the people who occupied it at various times. Whether exploring graffitied alleys between downtown highrises, strolling along irrigation ditches on urban farmland or promenading down the shaded sidewalks of a Victorian neighborhood, walking is a way of discovering a city and your place in it.


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Walking Austin
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Walking Austin
Charles Llewellin


Get to Know Austin’s Vibrant and Historic Neighborhoods

Austin, Texas, is a richly historic city of scenic vistas and diverse neighborhoods. This savvy, entertaining guide explores the best of it all. Charlie Llewellin guides you through 32 unique walking tours that traverse Austin’s length and breadth. These urban treks are great ways to soak in the vibe of the City of the Violet Crown. The walks’ commentaries include such topics as architecture, local culture, trivia, and neighborhood history, plus tips on where to dine, have a drink, and shop. Each self-guided tour includes full-color photographs, a map, and need-to-know details like distance, difficulty, and more. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section lists the highlights of every tour. Walking Austin provides the perfect path for a weekend or an after-work ramble. So grab your walking shoes, and become an urban adventurer!


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Walking Baltimore
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Walking Baltimore
Evan L. Balkan


An Insider’s Guide to 33 Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, and Hidden Treasures in Charm City

Walking Baltimore includes Charm City’s well-known neighborhoods--Downtown, the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon, and Fells Point. But in the voice of its insider author, the book also covers lesser-known and far-flung corners, revealing what makes Baltimore such a wonderful and fascinating destination and hometown. Full of little-known facts and trivia, this book will show how and why Baltimore was an essential player in the country’s early history and continues to be influential today.

This book also showcases a completely different side of Baltimore from the one conveyed in some popular TV shows in recent years. As in all major metro areas around the world, drugs and violence do exist in Baltimore. But the day-to-day life of the city provides so much more. Here is a city almost unparalleled in American history and it lives up to its modern reputation as a quirky, come-as-you-are and be-what-you’ll-be place. The zany Baltimore-based film director John Waters (of Hairspray fame) summed it up best when he said, “It’s as if every freak in the South was headed to New York City, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay.”

As for the history, it lingers in 18th-century neighborhoods such as Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Jonestown, and Seton Hill. But Charm City's cultural and political past is infused with a vibrancy well beyond the glitz of the popular Inner Harbor. From Dickeyville to Homeland, Guilford to Mount Royal, Hampden to Charles Village, Bolton Hill to Cedarcroft, and so many other neighborhoods, Walking Baltimore takes visitors and residents alike on a romp that will have many locals exclaiming, “I had no idea.” While tourist brochures often limit their scope to a few centrally located neighborhoods and sites, Walking Baltimore gives specific directions for beginning self-guided strolls in almost every corner of the city--with instructions on how to get to the starting points via public transportation.

Take a neighborhood such as SOWEBO (Southwest Baltimore): rarely will it show up in any guidebook or tourist brochure. And yet this one section of the city embraces the birthplace of American railroading; the homes of Edgar Allan Poe and H. L. Mencken; a 19th-century (and still functioning) market; a unique shrine to Irish railroad workers; and one of the city’s oldest Catholic churches, where Babe Ruth was baptized. The 30+ entries in this book introduce new and fascinating neighborhoods for visitors and residents, and they remind locals (and inform visitors) what makes Baltimore a wonderful place to live and visit.



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Walking Boston, 2nd edition
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Walking Boston, 2nd edition
Robert Todd Felton


34 Tours Through Beantown's Cobblestone Streets, Historic Districts, Ivory Towers and Bustling Waterfront

Boston is a walker’s town. It’s as clear as the brick red path marking the Freedom Trail, the bright blue signs of the Harborwalk, and the green of the Emerald Necklace series of parks. Boston’s nearly 400-year history has led to the development of hidden neighborhoods, historic sites, and iconic parks that tempt both Bostonians and visitors out onto the sidewalks, paths, and trails lacing this close-knit city. In addition, the Big Dig project, which helped revive downtown and the waterfront by moving Interstate 93 underground, has created an energy and excitement that has driven projects like the Harborwalk and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Neighborhoods are experiencing new growth and positive development—and even established cultural attractions like the Children’s Museum and the Boston Tea Party Museum have had major facelifts.

This makes it an exciting time to walk in Boston. Walking Boston offers the best of Boston’s new and old rambles. Each walk is meant to be a complete experience in itself, encompassing the new and the old, the natural and the man-made. For example, you can view Boston’s newest and most striking museum, and then get a lobster roll from a delightful wooden shack on Fort Point Channel.

This portable guide features detailed maps for each trip, original photos, and public transportation information for every trip. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section summarizes each walk’s highlights.

So, go ahead, lace up those shoes and take a walk. Whether you follow a red line, a blue sign, or the Emerald Necklace, you are always on the road to something special.




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Walking Brooklyn, 2nd edition
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Walking Brooklyn, 2nd edition
Adrienne Onofri


The new second edition of the popular book Walking Brooklyn: 30 Tours Exploring Historical Legacies, Neighborhood Culture, Side Streets, and Waterways provides a unique guide to Brooklyn’s diverse communities, notable sights, and ever-evolving streetscape. Author Adrienne Onofri has crafted 30 exceptional tours showcasing the borough’s history, architecture, parks, arts venues, college campuses, places made famous by pop culture, and more.


Each chapter of Walking Brooklyn features a DIY tour route, with step-by-step directions, an area map, photographs, and public transportation information. Every tour tells the story of a neighborhood’s past, present, and future, shedding light on its buildings and landmarks, community life, ethnic heritage, cultural and retail scene, and role in Brooklyn’s renaissance. Readers will discover revitalized districts and state-of-the-art new developments; stroll along the river, bay, or ocean; visit galleries, performance spaces, and artists’ workshops; and see residences ranging from the iconic brownstones to Victorian houses to contemporary high-rises.


This fully revised and updated book now comes in color and includes places that were opened or revived since the first edition was published in 2007, such as the Kings Theatre, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center at Lakeside, City Point, Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River State Park, and Industry City. New routes have been created in neighborhoods that have undergone significant changes, like Downtown, Dumbo, Gowanus, Red Hook, Coney Island, and Bushwick.


Walking Brooklyn is the most comprehensive guidebook available to Brooklyn, covering nearly 40 neighborhoods―from those close to Manhattan (like Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg) through Park Slope, Fort Greene, Crown Heights, and the rest of the brownstone belt and out to the neighborhoods east of Prospect Park as well as the traditional communities of southern Brooklyn such as Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, and Gerritsen Beach. Entire walks are devoted to Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, while many other green spaces are featured on neighborhood tours. Brooklyn’s waterfront is also well-represented, including on a walk that crosses both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.


Walking Brooklyn is the only book you need if you want to explore―or reminisce about―this historic, dynamic place that everybody’s talking about!

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Walking Chicago
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Walking Chicago
Ryan Ver Berkmoes


Walk the streets of Chicago and discover why the town that brought us Michael Jordan, Al Capone, and Oprah is anything but a “Second City.” Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods represent a true melting pot of America—from Little Italy to Greektown, Chinatown to New Chinatown, and La Villita to the Ukrainian Village. It’s also the most walkable city in the country, with flat streets laid out in a sensible grid and 21 miles of stunning lakeshore.

Here you can get ethnic culture in Andersonville or high culture at the Art Institute, listen to the blues on the South Side or catch a ballgame on the North Side, and marvel at the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in Oak Park or at nature’s masterpiece along Lake Michigan.

In Chicago, every neighborhood has a unique past, every character an intriguing story, and every side of the city is covered in this newest addition to the award-winning urban Walking series.

The 31 walks include trivia about architecture, political gossip, and the city’s rich history, plus where to dine, get the best deep-dish pizza, visit world-class museums, have a drink, and shop.



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Walking Cincinnati, 2nd edition
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Walking Cincinnati, 2nd edition
Danny Korman and Katie Meyer


Get to Know the Vibrant and Historic Neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio!

From the northern historic railroad suburbs of Glendale and Wyoming to the quaint river towns of Northern Kentucky, discover Cincinnati’s hidden streets, architectural masterpieces, culinary delights, and diverse culture. In this expanded and updated edition of Walking Cincinnati, insiders Danny Korman and Katie Meyer lead you on 35 unique walking tours through the Queen City’s colorful history and natural beauty.

Stroll through the stunning Riverfront Park. Experience Downtown’s hustle and bustle. Enjoy colorful neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine and Mount Adams. Each self-guided tour includes full-color photographs, a detailed map, and need-to-know details like distance, difficulty, and more. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section lists the highlights of every tour. The walks’ commentaries include such topics as local culture, trivia, and natural history, plus tips on where to dine, have a drink, and shop.

Cincinnati is a richly historic and entertaining city. This savvy guide explores the best of it all. Whether you’re looking for a two-hour workout or a full day of entertainment, grab your walking shoes, and become an urban adventurer!


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Walking Denver, 2nd edition
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Walking Denver, 2nd edition
Mindy Sink


People come to Denver for the nearby mountains and spectacular natural beauty, the craft beer, the outdoor lifestyle and mild climate with abundant sunshine, but what they also discover is how walkable it is as they explore culinary treasures, history that goes from the time of the dinosaurs to the founding of the Centennial state, and unique culture of the west.

In Walking Denver, author and local Mindy Sink guides readers—whether they are first-time visitors or natives—on 32 diverse walks through the heart of the city, up into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and across the eastern plains. Find the spots where the city reaches 5,280 feet above sea level or one mile high, giving the city it’s nickname of the Mile High City; tiptoe through historic cemeteries and learn of those who shaped Denver in its early days; explore the arts in the Golden Triangle and Arts District on Santa Fe neighborhoods; plan for a half-day outing to the famed Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and nearby Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve; visit the state’s first capitol with a stroll through downtown Golden and much more.

In this new edition, the author invited her then-11 year old daughter, Sophie Seymour, to contribute “Kid Tips” to select walks that are most suitable for families. Sophie highlights the elements of these walks that will most appeal to kids—playgrounds, wildlife, and activities along the way. Not only is the whole family getting some exercise, they are learning together about history, art, architectural trivia, and what makes this place so engaging.

Whether you’re looking for a two-hour stroll or a full-day’s entertainment, grab this book, step outside…walk Denver!



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Walking Los Angeles
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Walking Los Angeles
Erin Mahoney Harris


Walking Los Angeles is your portable guide to 38 walking tours exploring historic stairways, hidden streets, public artwork, and architecture, much of which even lifelong Angelenos probably never even knew existed. Completely updated, the third edition of this award-winning book expands and improves upon most of the existing routes with completely revised points of interest, including brand-new trips to Palos Verdes Peninsula, Manhattan Beach, Highland Park, Mar Vista, and Downtown's Art District.

This portable guide features detailed maps for each trip, original photos, and public transportation information. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a "Points of Interest" section summarizes each walk's highlights, ranging from cultural institutions to the hippest spots to dine, drink, and shop.

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