How can you quench your thirst for summertime fun while exploring some of the top walkable cities in the US? We’re compiling lists of urban beaches, ice cream shops, patio bars and sidewalk cafes that will do just that in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC. Discover (or rediscover) neighborhood gems by foot, bike or public transit (or pogo stick, roller blades, skateboard if you prefer).
Vote for your favorite urban “gem” on Walk Score’s new place pages or share them with friends and family to make plans for the waning weeks ‘til fall. What’s missing? Add it to the list (with a photo).
Visit a Local Ice Cream Shop
Nothing says summer like a waffle cone topped with ice cream. Gelato, sorbet and ice cream cool the body and soul.
Cool Off at Sidewalk Cafes
Hunt down shady outdoor spots or dine alfresco while waiting for a breeze in sultry summers. Or hit coffee shops in mornings when temperatures are more bearable.
Splash Around Urban Beaches
Whether you dip your toes or dunk your body, cooling off at urban beaches is a summer ritual for adults and kids (plus dogs) of all ages.
Plop Down at Patio Bars to the Toast Dog Days of Summer
Sip wine, toast to your health, bike to pubs and sample tasty snacks at these outdoor bars or restaurants with killer patios.
What’s the best ice cream, cafe, patio bar or urban beach in your neighborhood or city? When was the last time you took time to walk or pedal to one of these places? Life moves quickly. Summer will end soon. Get out and experience life and beat the heat this record-breaking year.