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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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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 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 Manhattan
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Walking Manhattan
Ellen Levitt


30 Strolls Exploring Cultural Treasures, Entertainment Centers, and Historical Sites in the Heart of New York City

Walking Manhattan by Ellen Levitt is written with many people in mind: the tourists who have never before visited Manhattan as well as those returning to the Big Apple; the residents who want to ramble through parts of Gotham with which they are less familiar; the “I’ve seen it all” New Yorker who is willing to consult a new source and find “new” sights and sounds that interest them. Readers can pick and choose how and where they investigate Manhattan by consulting this new guide.

This guidebook will help readers to appreciate more fully the author's selection of unique things to see and experience throughout Manhattan. It points out the many beautiful and intriguing sights; the history to be learned; the joyful as well as sad aspects of Manhattan life throughout the years. Landmarks and parks, schools and eateries, art and sport, big and bold sites as well as modest and small; Walking Manhattan can introduce you to them all.


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Walking New Orleans: 30 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhood
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Walking New Orleans: 30 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhood
Barri Bronston


30 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, Culinary and Music Corridors, and Recreational Wonderlands

New Orleans was practically wiped off the map by Hurricane Katrina, but within a decade it has come back in ways that few thought possible. From neighborhoods such as Lakeview and Mid-City to landmarks including the Saenger Theater and Mercedes Benz Superdome, from its restaurants and music clubs to its parks and museums, the Big Easy has regained the title of one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

In Walking New Orleans, lifelong resident and writer Barri Bronston shares the love of her hometown through 30 self-guided tours that range from majestic St. Charles Avenue and funky Magazine Street to Bywater and Faubourg Marigny, two of the city’s “it” neighborhoods. Within each tour, she offers tips on where to eat, drink, dance, and play, for in addition to all the history, culture, and charm that New Orleans has to offer—and there’s plenty—it provides tourists and locals alike with one heck of a good time.

So grab your walking shoes—and this book—and explore the miracle that is New Orleans, a metropolis on the rise, all thanks to the grit and determination of its residents, who refused to let their city die.


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Walking Queens
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Walking Queens
Adrienne Onofri


30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities, Historic Places, and Natural Treasures of New York City's Largest Borough

Queens, the sleeping giant of New York City, is awakening. It's the largest borough geographically, accounting for more than a third of New York City's total area, and a close second in population. Home to more than 2.3 million people who speak at least 150 different languages, Queens is heralded as the most multicultural place on Earth. Tens of millions of visitors arrive in Queens every year, landing at LaGuardia or Kennedy airport. People go there to watch Major League Baseball or the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Perhaps they venture just across the river, to check out a trendy new restaurant, bar, or performance space in Long Island City or Astoria, or ride the train all the way out to the beach on a summer's day.

Now, with Walking Queens by local author Adrienne Onofri, people can get to know the communities of Queens and not just individual places here and there. Each walk tells the story of a neighborhood: how it developed originally and how it's transformed over the years. Readers will be pointed to distinctive architecture, landmark buildings, popular eateries, ethnic enclaves, celebrity residences, art and performance spaces, and natural scenery ranging from woodlands to waterfront to meadows and marshes. There are tours that reveal forgotten moments in Queens history, or position you for a stunning view, or immerse you in all the sights, scents, and sounds of a melting pot. Maps and transportation directions make it easy to find your way. Whether you're looking for an afternoon stroll or a daylong outing, grab this book and start walking Queens!


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Walking Vancouver
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Walking Vancouver
John Lee


There’s no better way to explore one of the world’s most livable cities than on foot. Walking Vancouver shows you Vancouver, British Columbia as you’ve never seen it before, whether you’re a die-hard local or a first-time visitor. Site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the city is already renown for its diverse neighborhoods, easily accessible sites, and “clean and green” image.

With this book you’ll explore neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Kitsilano, and the West End, accompanied by the amusing and savvy descriptions from the author, a Vancouver insider. The 36 anecdote-packed, easy-to-follow ambles include Stanley Park’s hidden sites; University of British Columbia’s unexpected attractions; Granville Island’s artisan pit stops; and the historic mansions of old-school Shaughnessy Heights. There’s a perfect pub crawl in Gastown; lively farther afield strolls in Steveston, New Westminster and the North Shore; and even an eye-opening tour around the Downtown Eastside. You’ll uncover the colorful stories behind street names, character buildings, and eye-catching public art. This highly portable guide features detailed maps for each trip, original photos, and parking/transit information for every trip. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section summarizes each walk’s highlights.



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Walking Washington, D.C.
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Walking Washington, D.C.
Barbara J. Saffir


30 treks to the newly revitalized capital’s cultural icons, natural spectacles, urban treasures, and hidden gems

Washington D.C. is every American’s home away from home. Since DC is a compact city with great public transportation, it’s easy to explore both its high-profile side – its magnificent monuments, world-class museums, enthralling architecture, breathtaking vistas, and unique national parks – as well as its less famous persona – its cozy hideaways, ethnic eateries, bustling dance clubs, lively theaters, shopaholic hot spots, and more.Now it's a foodies' paradise enlivened with high-tech entrepreneurs and innovative buildings in entirely new and safer neighborhoods.

Now, with Walking Washington D.C by local author Barbara J. Saffir, people can get to know the communities of D.C. Each walk tells the story of a neighborhood: a snapshot of some of its history and how it's transformed over the years. Readers will be pointed to distinctive architecture, landmark buildings, popular eateries, ethnic enclaves, art and performance spaces, and natural scenery. Maps and transportation directions make it easy to find your way. Whether you're looking for an afternoon stroll or a daylong outing, grab this book and start walking Washington D.C. After a few miles or a few days, you might fall in love.


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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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