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New York City

It’s no surprise that a city whose residents pride themselves on spurning car culture is a pedestrian’s dream. But Manhattan’s reputation as a world-class walking city was propelled into a whole new stratosphere with the opening of the High Line—an elevated railway line turned passeggiata—in June 2009. Start at the West 30th Street entrance in the newest part of the park and make your way south, wending beneath the bowers of a mini-forest and past gorgeously landscaped wild garden beds. People-watch at the preeny 23rd Street Lawn, near the sun loungers in the Meatpacking District section and within the mini-amphitheater in the Sunken Overlook above 10th Avenue. Exit at Gansevoort Street, where you’ll soon reach the fringes of the West Village, with the leafy cobblestone streets and iconic brownstones that conjure up most people’s vision of classic New York. thehighline.org.

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