Top Ten USA Walks - Manhattan
The Manhattan/Midtown Year Round Walk has been voted in the Top Ten Walks by the clubs of the American Volkssport Association since 1997.
It is no mystery why this walk through the core of the Big Apple is so popular. A list of sights along the 10 kilometer (6 mile) route is a tourist's hotlist to what is worth seeing.
The walk starts at the ASICS Shoe Store, 51 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10024. Check their web site for hours. You should return to the store before closing.
Check the AVA web site for the latest information on the walk start place, hours, and route information: New York Year Round Walk List
This is also a start point for another two Top Ten Walks, the Central Park Walk and the Lower Manhattan Walk.
To enjoy the walk, sign up in the log in the start box and take a map. This is also the starting point for another Top Ten Walk - the Central Park Year Round Walk, so you can sign up for it as well here.
I enjoyed this year-round walk on a trip to New York in June, 2000. It was my first visit to New York City. I stayed at the Milburn Hotel just a few blocks from the start point and loved the neighborhood - great restaurants, bagel shops, Zabar's gourmet grocery, close to Central Park and the museums.
The walking directions may change from year to year but still include the major highlights. Times Square provides excitement, news tickers, and the home office of About. Seeing those famous buildings - the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building - was a thrill to this yokel.
Walking down Broadway, you can visit the theaters, Rockefeller Center, the Lincoln Center. Then visit the shops at Grand Central Station, and shop your way through town.
An optional 2 kilometer extension visits the United Nations Complex. The route returns through Central Park.
The walk is easily located via subway on the 1 and 9 train routes.
Visit our New York City for Visitors site to plan what else to do and see in New York City.
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