I don't know about you, but being able to travel without the hassle of bringing/renting a car is a huge plus to me. No need to worry about where to park or if your car will get banged up driving in an unfamiliar place (this just happened to me). Plus, car rentals are still super expensive on top of sky-high gas prices.
While not all travel destinations are tailored to go carless, many cities large and small offer great experiences on foot alongside decent transit options.
This Penny Hoarder article looks at 10 U.S. cities that you can easily get around in without a car. Here're my very brief experiences traveling to the cities on the list:
- Seattle – Totally drove here. Bad traffic, but not too hard to park and walk around when in quieter areas.
- New York City – I've both driven here and have been completely carless. One of the few U.S. cities where taking public transit is easier than driving in most cases.
- San Francisco – I do not recommend driving through SF! But it is very walkable with decent transit.
- Boston – Similar to SF. Not the worst experience driving in Boston, but it's a much better experience to walk the historic streets.
- Washington D.C. – Haven't visited since I was a kid. Driving through suburban D.C. traffic is a nightmare, however...
- Burlington, VT – Haven't been! Sounds lovely.
- Portland, OR – Flew in here once and took the light rail around. Decent experience.
- Minneapolis – I live here! I drive here a lot. Especially when heading to errands in the suburbs. That said, I do take the bus/light rail when heading to bigger events or to/from the airport. Or just for fun.
- Philadelphia – Drove into Philly once. Yikes. Not fun. Parked my car at a very expensive overnight garage and walked around the city the rest of my time there.
- Key West – Haven't been here since I was a kid, but remember it being small and very walkable. Of course we got there by car...
What are your experiences going carless while traveling?