The European Ramblers' Association
Another umbrella organization, this group can direct you to walking federations in 26 European countries (011-420-251-627-356; era-ewv-ferp.org).
A footnote: Before you add a walk to your itinerary, make sure it's appropriate for your experience and physical condition. Find out the length of the route and the kind of paths you'll be on—and bring footwear suitable for the terrain. Then get ready to get acquainted with a place from a local's unique perspective.
See also: 6 great hiking trails
That's what Nancy and I find on our French adventure. As we wander with the Marcheurs along the coast of Normandy, we pass a few abandoned German Army concrete blockhouses, then walk inland on grassy farm trails and narrow back roads lined with hedgerows, the terrain little changed since GIs trudged through here 65 years earlier.
We listen to frogs, admire swans in a pond by a lovely restored manor house, and take turns crowding into a small 15th-century church for a look before retracing a bit of the coast route back to our starting point. It is exactly the kind of rich, beneath-the-surface experience we were looking for.
Adventures Afoot From Coast to Coast
Winter Park, Florida
Explore a 19th-century resort town with its elegant houses, historic buildings, museums, lakes, and thousands of live oaks.
Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club
See the Mile High City on foot, taking in the capitol building, college campuses, gardens, bike trails, and the statue of the Big Blue Bear.
Rocky Mountain Wanderers
Take a stroll back in time to gold rush days and visit a gold-panning exhibit, a Pony Express station, an old powerhouse, and a Chinese cemetery.
Sacramento Walking Sticks Club
Newton County, Arkansas
A photographer's dream, this easy three-mile country walk to Hawksbill Crag and back offers great views over the Buffalo National River.
Takahik River Valley Hikers
Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, Indiana
A short drive from the city center you'll find deer, waterfowl, and reservoir views along this nature preserve's mostly wooded trails.
Indianapolis Hiking Club