Conde Nast Traveler created tantalizing tips for travel based on Oscar-inspired destinations. What if we wove walkability into their list? Here’s how Walk Score would rank the Academy’s most walkable Oscar-inspired vacations of 2013. All quotes below are from Conde Nast Traveler.
1. Les Misérables and Amour – Paris, France
“No, you don’t have to dress like a circa-1800s street urchin—or even sing—to become a character from Les Misérables.” Stroll past historical relics, museums, sights and be grateful for a non-miserable vacation in the City of Light. Paris is a Walker’s Paradise, with a heart of 95 Walk Score.
“If there’s one thing that Amour teaches us, it’s that—even if you’ve lived a long, full life—in the end, life is still too short to scrimp on your vacations.” Splurge in Paris, where Amour takes place. Romantic spots abound in Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to the Moulin Rouge show to restaurants and sidewalk cafes in abundance.
2. Silver Linings Playbook – Philadelphia, PA
“Though he’d never own up to it in so many words, Silver Linings Playbook‘s Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) is mostly preoccupied with finding love. Honor his quest in his home city—the City of Brotherly Love….” Check out Philly’s quaint alleys and other walker’s delights. Philadelphia outranks Washington, DC (just barely) with a Walk Score of 74.
“After the obligatory visit to the Lincoln Memorial (which was built long after his assassination), seek out relics from the president’s actual life in Washington.” The National Mall itself is a Walker’s Paradise, with enough culturally enriching museums, monuments (both inside and outside) to warrant a full weekend or week of exploration. A very walkable city in general with a Walk Score of 73.
“Visiting CIA black sites in Islamabad is obviously out of the question. And no, you can’t take a tour of the CIA headquarters in Virginia. But, if you’re an admirer of Zero Dark Thirty‘s Maya (Jessica Chastain), you can visit the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.”
4. Argo – Los Angeles, CA
“In Argo, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a cover as a Hollywood producer by strutting around Los Angeles.” Strutting is a cool-cat form of walking, but you must pick your neighborhood visits in LA wisely, as the city on whole has a Walk Score of 66, fairly car-dependent, but walkable depending on your location.
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild – New Orleans, LA
“Beasts of the Southern Wild centers on a fictional Louisiana Bayou community that calls itself ‘The Bathtub.’ And if there’s one thing that the denizens of the Bathtub like to do—for better or for worse—it’s drink.” We all know drinking and driver are big no-nos. Set yourself up in a hotel in a walkable New Orleans area to explore the city. New Orleans’ Walk Score is 56, but the French Quarter is a Walker’s Paradise.
6. Django Unchained – Austin, Texas
“In Django Unchained, Django (Jamie Foxx) makes a scene in a Texas town simply by riding in on a horse. If you want to take a trip to the Lone Star state and show off your own equestrian prowess, head to… Austin.” Horseback ride in the day, walk around to Austin’s music scene at night. Austin’s Walk Score, however, is 45, so plan your trip accordingly.
Photo: Paris Tourist Office