The Best Running Routes Worth Traveling On

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From circling the White House to crossing the sandstone cliffs of the desert, here are some of the best running trails this year

Running is a great way to experience a new city when traveling. It gives you the opportunity to see the area at ground level, it gives you an insider's view of the sights, smells and sounds of a city, and finally it helps you stay active and excited for the rest of your vacation. Many racing clubs also offer restaurants and bars for couples after the race, making this a great way to work up an appetite for travel.

Washington D.C

Washington often ranked as the fittest city in the country, is the perfect place for runners. The capital is a labyrinth of endless trails that offer many opportunities to travel its kilometers. The city also has many sponsored races for those who want to add a weekend competition to their trip.

A popular route begins on the National Mall before heading to the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. But one of the city's all-time favorites is Rock Creek Park. The park is an oasis of peace in the heart of the bustling city. There are protected trails and bike lanes, as well as the ruins of the original Capitol buildings hidden in the woods.

Minneapolis - St Paul

Minnesota's Twin Cities consistently rank as some of the best-performing cities in the country. And for residents, it's not hard to see why. The city was built with green spaces and fitness in mind. Trails intersect in every part of town, making it easy to add a run to your day, even from downtown. Winters are tough in the Twin Cities, but even there they have it all for you. The city has 24 indoor running tracks, making winter fitness easily accessible.

For the best run in town, try Chain of Lakes. This 12-mile loop takes you through Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake Islands, and Lake Cedar. To add more water to your running route, the Mississippi River is nearby.


Sometimes Portland seems to have been built for runners. It has a natural environment, with tons of parks and reserves integrated into the city. Stop at Forest Park to see the largest natural park in an urban city in the country. Then there is the shared history of the city and the culture of racing. The Nike Oregon Project is nearby. And the Eugene Trail Nursery is an hour's drive away.

But Portland has great trails and routes worth commuters. Mount Tabor, an extinct volcano near the city center, has miles and miles of trails nearby. When you reach the top, you have a great panoramic view of the rest of the city.

New York City

Clean air, forest trails, and cohesive communities are three things New York isn't known for. Still, the New York running community is convinced that the Big Apple is one of the best cities for running. As bad as the concrete jungle is, New Yorkers can always retreat to Central Park for ten miles.

He also always runs along the bridges. Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queensboro, the possibilities to increase your routes are endless. And if you're a member of one of the city's 82 USATF-sanctioned clubs, the running community is close and friendly.


Another hub of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle's oceanic climate and natural beauty make it a runner's paradise. The city is open all year round. And the varied landscape is perfect for varied races. There's the Cascade Range to the east, the Olympics to the west, or along with Lake Washington or Puget Sound.

For an iconic trail, don't miss the Burke-Gilman trail. Although the trail technically runs from Ballard to Bothell, it can be extended to include the entire lake. Of course, this may require a bicycle. For a more manageable loop, visit Green Lake Park for a well-paved 3-mile loop.


One of the most historic cities in the country is also one of the most functional cities. Home to the Boston Marathon, Boston has a racing history stretching back more than 100 years. And the city has many excellent routes to follow this story.

An all-time favorite among residents is the Charles River. The 18-mile trail can be easily adapted to suit any distance. The trail runs along the water with many bridges to break in new directions. But the Charles River is not the only route available. Many other lanes can take you past Copley Square or Boston Common.

San Diego

Running in San Diego can seem too perfect. The climate is almost always temperate at 21 degrees. The area has little rainfall. And the scenery can range from pristine beaches to breathtaking mountain views.

One great route is the 6.5-mile climb to Fortuna Mountain. Balboa Park also has more than 65 combined miles of trails. You can use the park to build virtually any route of any length or difficulty. And unlike most cities on this list, you can end each race with a cleansing bath in the Pacific Ocean.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is considered the trail running capital of the world. And, with a simple look at the mighty Wasatch Range that surrounds the city, it's easy to see why. Any trail enthusiast must visit Salt Lake City.

For a truly out of the world running experience, driving from Salt Lake City to the sandstone deserts will give you access to a new planet for trail running. Traveling the Moab Canyon Pathway will provide you with an unforgettable running experience amidst the beautiful desert landscape.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about the most incredible destinations to running

Source: The Running Channel

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