Urban hiking is no walk in the park. Somewhere between a gentle stroll and a spirited parkour session, urban hikes transform city streets, stairways, and sidewalks into metropolitan trails laced with both natural and cultural landmarks. Generally, the goal is to map a route that manages some elevation gain and takes advantage of whatever green spaces or nature retreats a city has to offer, all while keeping a brisk enough pace to get in a solid workout.
Not all cities are very walkable, let alone hikable, but several of America’s major metropolises seem to have been designed with urban hikers in mind. From coast to coast, parks to parking lots, these are the top cities in the United States for epic urban hikes, whether that means following a preexisting trail or forging a path of your own.