Five Apps to Spice Up Your Walks

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Katy Lang is the Program Director for Active Transportation. She started living car-free in Arlington in 2010 and is passionate about finding great running routes and safety for people walking and biking.

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There’s always a new way to explore Arlington on foot. These digital walking apps allow you to discover new places with a few taps on your smartphone.

Our Walkabout maps cover 25 neighborhoods in Arlington, but that’s just the beginning of the many ways there are to explore by foot. Walking apps on your smartphone can guide you through Arlington (and many more cities!) at your own pace. Some are themed, some have content submitted by users, and some even provide guided audio. Check out our list below and get exploring in a new way.

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I want the full-guided experience.

Try GPSMyCity. GPSMyCity provides an interactive city map with places of interest and attractions, as well as multiple sightseeing walks. For an “upgrade” fee, the app includes turn-by-turn audio navigation and details for each sightseeing walk. You can also create your own walking routes based on the attractions you’d like to check out. Arlington is one of the places offered by this app, with six Arlington sightseeing walks included.

I want a simple interface.

Try Sidewalk Guide. This mobile app provides free, guided walk experiences created by anyone with stories and personal knowledge to share. The interface is easy to use and lets you filter walks based on who’s with you and what you’re interested in. You can also create your own. Local walks include Arlington National Cemetery and Washington, DC.

I want a screen-free walk.

Try VoiceMap. The app uses your location to play audio automatically at the right place, making it easier to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Audio tours are provided by bestselling authors, broadcasters, and locals—and you can even publish your own! Local audio tours include Washington, DC.

I want to be surprised.

Try Field Trip. This app runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, a card pops up with details about the location—no clicks required. It’ll even read the info to you if you have headphones in. You can filter what pops up based on your interests.

Another option is Roadside America. This app costs a few bucks, but runs in the background on your phone so that no matter where you are, you’ll never miss a roadside attraction or oddity. It also lets you keep track of sites you’ve visited and submit tips and photos.

Or, go analog. Download the Walkabout map for your neighborhood.

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