While walking around town, you may become more aware of the places you pass by every day. You may notice historical plaques on buildings or interpretive signs on the street. You may start to observe that some city sections look different than others–they may have bricked sidewalks instead of paved, or the street lamps may look old-fashioned. Even the street signs might be unique. These small differences could all be indicative that you are passing by or through a site of historical or cultural significance. Walking gives you the chance to slow down, to look at the architecture, and to read the signs. You may learn more about a place you thought you were very familiar with!
Because walking is such an efficient way to get close to unique and interesting spots, many people publish walking guides to specific cities. You may be interested in checking out one, such as Walking Baltimore by Evan Balkan or Walking Washington D. C. by Barbara J. Saffir the next time you visit a new place.