When the City Comes Alive: Discover the Joy of a Night Walk
When you see a city only during daytime hours, you tend to miss a lot. Take an after-dark stroll to discover sights and sounds you’d never notice by daylight. In the interest of successful evening meanders, we are pleased to present a few tricks and tips about the joys of a night walk.
After dark revelations
A city by daylight is only half a city. When you wander after sunset, a whole new world opens before you. With fewer people moving hither and yon, the sidewalks are yours. When stores are closed, a different sort of city emerges. An early morning pre-dawn walk around new environs can start your day on a novel note, as well.
Of course, you will want to take precautions and stay safe whilst walking after dark. Remain on sidewalks or designated walking paths, and continue to cross at crosswalks or intersections despite the lack of traffic. Don’t jaywalk. It’s dangerous, and a traffic citation could definitely put a damper on your out-of-town fun. Opt to take well-traveled routes that are well lit and provide places to sit when you need to take a brief break, advise travel pros at Go4Life magazine.
Keep your ID and other necessary items in a front pocket, or wear a crossbody bag or fanny pack. Don’t dangle a purse on your arm and while you’re walking, stay off the phone. Remember, you can check social media anytime. You’re after dark stroll will be more wondrous when it has your entire attention.
Beantown after dark
When you travel to the beautiful and historical city of Boston, you’ll find a range of remarkable neighborhoods that are just right for an after-sunset stroll. Beacon Hill, the North End, and Back Bay offer narrow streets, nicely paved sidewalks, and plenty of local character that really shines after dark. Meander along Charles Street, and choose a place to eat the next day. Be sure to stroll the public garden at the foot of Beacon Hill, too. You won’t be able to ride the swan boats after dark, but you will see the park in a whole new light.
Nightwalkers with the good fortune to check into the Boston Cambridge Marriott may don their comfortable walking shoes and take a leisurely constitutional in the nearby neighborhood. A number of late-night venues, including Jacques Cabaret, the Hawthorne cocktail lounge, and Tunnel dance club sits within walking distance of the hotel. Ask the night clerk to recommend nearby destinations where you can meet up with other night owls.
There’s nothing quite as delightful as getting to know a new city by starlight. If the weather isn’t exactly cooperative, you can still get your night walk in, if your lodging comes with access to a gym. The view may not be as spectacular as a moonlit meander on city sidewalks, but you’re sure to get a great night’s sleep after accomplishing a few brisk miles on a treadmill.