12 Destinations to Explore On Foot

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Portugal boasts a vast network of water channels next to its walking trails. You can hike through the moderate terrain of hillsides, terraced vineyards and villages as you pick out birds-of-paradise and exotic Jacaranda. VBT offers a 10-day trip for about $3,000 February through November. Click here for more information.
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New Orleans

The French Quarter Walking Tour will open your eyes to architecture that blends Spanish, French, and American influences. Tour New Orleans offers 90 minute tours for $15. Click here for more information.
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Costa Rica

Hike through Manuel Antonio Natural Park and watch the wildlife unfold before your eyes. Cloud forests, volcanoes and picturesque beaches make this island an explorer’s dream. Backroads offers a 6-day getaway for about $3,000 from the middle of December to mid-February. Click here for more information.
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Ecuador: The Highlands

Follow the Hacienda Trail along the Andes and take in a traditional Andean market. Feel like you’re touching the sky as you traverse the moderate terrain 10,000 feet above sea level. This destination is great for those that want a little more of a walking challenge. Country Walkers offers an 8 day, 7 night holiday trip for $3,698. Click here for more information.
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Attractions includes Westlake Park, the Glasshouse Studio, Klondike Gold Rush National Park and Bell Street Pier. The Smith Tower Observation Deck offers an awesome panoramic view of the city. Check out the Pike Place Market at the conclusion of the tour to try the local fare, and for coffee aficionados, the original Starbucks is close by. See Seattle offers trips starting at 10 AM and ending at around 4 PM for about $43 (including lunch). Click here for more information.
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Panama has a wide variety of ecosystems (rainforest, cloud forest, volcanic foothills and seacoast) that make for fun, interesting walking environments. The best part? All of the great food: tamales, sugar cane syrup and more. And who can forget the famous Panama Canal? Country Walkers offers a 7 day/6 night New Years adventure for $3,298. Click here for more information.
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Hike the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and explore mountain trails, glacial lakes and forest terrain. You’ll stay in cozy country inns each night before you head out on another hike. Country Inns Along the Trail offers Long Weekender trips for $865. Trips run Thursday through Sunday or Friday through Monday. Click here for more information.
Photo by Deborah Lewis


Get lost in time as you hike in the shade of immense mountains and ice-trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina. The world is framed in white as you relax on a ferry and take in the tremendous icebergs and fjords just within arms reach. Backroads offers a 7-day vacation for just over $5,000 throughout January. Click here for more information.
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Wearing a full 18th-century costume, a guide will show you a Boston of another time. The Walk Into History tour begins in Boston Common and ends at Faneuil Hall, taking you through the busiest parts of colonial Boston. You’ll learn more about the Boston Massacre and see the Old South Meeting House where talks for the Boston Tea Party took place, among other attractions. The Freedom Trail Foundation offers 90-minute tours; $13 for adults, $7 for children. Click here for more information.
Photo courtesy of the Freedom Trail Foundation


Although it’s famous for its exotic sealife, the Galapagos has many little islands perfect for walking. Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal islands showcase amazing terrain, while the coastline gives you your water fix. Country Walkers offers a 7-day, 6-night trip February 18-24, 2011 for around $4,100.Click here for more information.
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New Zealand

Trek through the Southern Alps of New Zealand and traipse down the coastline of the Tasman Sea. Walk steps away from the rainforest and take in the view from the top of the world-the Rocky Mountain. Backroads offers a 10-day excursion for about $4,100 all throughout January and February. Click here for more information.
Backroads/Melvin Hayes Mizell

The Amalfi Coast & Capri

The Amalfi Coast and Capri are the gems of Italy. The undiluted beauty of the region allows you to escape the downsides of modernity. VBT offers a 10-day trip for $3,145 from March until October. Click here for more information. *WANT TO SEE MORE OF CAPRI, ITALY? CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDESHOW OF GORGEOUS IMAGES.*
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First Published Thu, 2010-09-23 08:47

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