7 Surprising Walkable Cities

By Leigh Jackson Harper, July 15, 2015

Hosting or attending a meeting in another city can be pricey, especially for those in the nonprofit and faith-based sectors who operate on conservative budgets. As a planner, your aim should be to minimize costs wherever possible for your organization and participants while not compromising experience. Selecting a host city that offers meeting space, dining options and entertainment all within walking distance is a win-win for everyone, as you seek to reduce carbon footprints and transportation costs for all (no need to arrange shuttles!). Take a look at the following pedestrian-friendly cities that work well for faith-based conferences.

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Greenville, South Carolina

After holding a retreat in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2014, the Campus Outreach staff was hooked.

 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

With an average of 310 days of sunshine a year, walking is the preferred method of transportation for many visitors in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

 

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Cincinnati, Ohio

The surrounding geography of Cincinnati, Ohio , makes it a walkable and lovable city.

 

 

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Grapevine, Texas

Historic Main Street in Grapevine, Texas, has a walkable mile of dining and entertainment suitable for youth and family groups.

 

 

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Reston, Virginia

Reston Town Center—a mixed-use development that includes a Hyatt Regency, retailers, restaurants and a movie theater—makes the city of Reston, Virginia, a walkable option for planners.

 

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Once you’re in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah , everything from meeting venues and hotels to cultural attractions and eateries can be accessed on foot.
 
 
 
 

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Thanks to strategic architecture, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is incredibly pedestrian-friendly.

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