by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 01, 2008

Walking illustrationEvery year, the Bethesda, Md.-based American Podiatric Medical Association and Prevention magazine rank the 100 Best Walking Cities in America ( using 14 criteria such as walking trails, parks, safety and the ozone layer. The top seven for 2008:

1)Cambridge, Mass.: A college town with riverfront trails and views of Boston

2) New York City: Parks, trails along the Hudson and plenty to see on every corner

3) Ann Arbor, Mich.: Lots of open space; 8 percent of the work force walks to work

4) Chicago: Pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and two parks on the lake

5) Washington, D.C.: Monuments, museums, wooded trails and the Mall

6) San Francisco: Environmentally aware, with a culture of hoofing it

7) Honolulu: Concentrated cultural and retail hotspots, along with a native enthusiasm for exercise.