The Best Places In The World To Run

Travel and Running.  They go together like peanut butter and jelly.  There seems to be no better way to explore a new city on your own two feet than lacing up and going for a run.  Plus, it’s an excellent and easy way to get exercise while you’re on the road.  All you need is a pair of shoes and a sidewalk, beach, road or trail.  Along with several other travel and running bloggers, I have put together a list of some of the best places in the world to run to inspire your next adventure.

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Canmore, AB

“There is simply nothing more majestic than running through the Rocky Mountains.  I am lucky enough to live just over an hour from Canmore and Banff, and when I am lucky enough to run there, it always takes my breath away.  That also might be because of the hills.” – Ashley,

Running along Quarry Lake in Canmore –

Vancouver, BC

“One of my favourite places to run in the world is Vancouver, BC. There is no shortage of trails that can be easily accessed from the bustle of downtown. Whether you want to take a leisurely walk or bike ride around the Sea Wall or you have a 20-miler to complete as part of a marathon training plan, there is a route for you around the beautiful seaside city of Vancouver. The fresh air and sea breeze will make you feel like you are flying – plus the zero altitude of sea level helps too!” – Kris,

Vancouver, BC –

Central Park, New York

“No matter how many times I run the same loops of Central Park – I always need to pinch myself at the fact that I get to run in one of the world’s most iconic parks. Whether it’s Harlem Hill repeats, Columbus Circle close encounters with horse & carriages or serene sunrise speed-work sessions around the reservoir – Central Park is the perfect training ground for runners of every kind.” – Lauren,
Running in Central Park –

Mykonos, Greece

“(My husband) and I got up early before the streets were crowded with people and ran through the tiny winding white washed streets of Mykonos. The streets are like a maze and it was so peaceful and the best way to explore and get lost in a city.” – Jen,

Jen running the streets of Mykonos –


San Diego, California

“It’s no surprise that I have to include my favourite city in the world, San Diego, as a part of this list.  Whether you’re going for a leisurely jog along the ocean boardwalk, a weekend run through Balboa Park, or racing in Rock n Roll San Diego, this beautiful city has something for everyone.” – Ashley,

Running into Balboa Park, San Diego –

Chautauqua Park, Colorado

“The trails at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado provide breathtaking views of the Flatirons. The varied terrain lets runner’s choose just how much they’d like to challenge themselves.” – Lauren,
Chautauqua Park, Colorado –

Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica

“The chocolate-sand beach of Papagayo Bay in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is one of the most picturesque places I’ve run! The shores are relatively flat, the sand is firm but just soft enough to pose a bit of a challenge and the vistas are incredible. From howler monkeys and gorgeous shells to brightly-colored birds and iguanas, I spotted different sights every time I ran!” – Amanda,

Papagayo Bay, Guanacaste, Costa Rica –


Pangalanes Lake, Madagascar

“One of the lesser-known areas in one of the lesser-known countries of the world, the white-sand beaches surrounding Pangalanes Lake on Madagascar’s East Coast are a runner’s dream.  This will go down in history as one of the best runs of my life, not because I was fast or it was particularly challenging, but watching the tiny beachside villages come to life at the end of the world was mesmerizing.” – Ashley,

Sweaty Run Selfie in Madagascar –


Hong Kong

“There is no better way to exercise in a new city than go for a run. One of my favorite cities to run is Hong Kong. I love going for a morning run while everyone is still setting up shop and the city is just waking up. For the best view of Hong Kong I head to Lion Rock hike which works up a great sweat but rewards you with an epic view of the city. I suggest heading off on a hike early in the morning to beat the heat!” – Hannah,

Hannah & Adam overlooking Hong Kong –


Chicago, IL

“Admittedly I have only been to Chicago once, for the Chicago marathon, but in that short trip I fell in love with the city of Chicago and the wonderful running community it housed. There are so many popular trails along the water in Chicago to accommodate all distances – and of course, you’ll have to run to Cloud Gate, also know as the bean. Running the Chicago Marathon allowed me to tour the entire city by foot and gave me the greatest appreciation for how amazing it was. I didn’t expect to feel so welcomed into the city and to love it so much but it is one place that I want to go back and would love to run around in again!” – Kris,

The beauty of Chicago –


Kelowna, BC

“I grew up in Kelowna, and the surrounding area is where I first fell in love with running.  My favourite places to run whenever I visit are the Downtown Waterfront Boardwalk and Knox Mountain Park if I want some challenging trails.” – Ashley,

Knox Mountain Park in Kelowna BC –


We hope this list inspired you to get out and go for a run on your next adventure!  It’s a big world, and there are so many incredible places to explore on foot.  But, we want to make sure we do it safely.  Come back next week for a post from the same bloggers called “Tips for Running while Traveling”.

What is your favourite place in the world to run?  Comment below, tweet me, or join the conversation on Facebook.





Ashley Dempster is a twenty-something Canadian Travel and Adventure blogger based in Calgary, Canada. Her passions include good food, minimalist packing, running, music, and chasing down every opportunity for adventure.


  1. Omg! I want to go to Mykonos, Greece so bad!…
    My favorite place is Puerto Rico.
    But Recently I discover California is a good place to run.
    Colorado and Utah was hard so for me to run but still a good place to visit!

  2. So I have this bad habit wherein I check my phone at like 3am, read my messages and go back to sleep. So yeah, I got your messaged, dreamt I sent you something and then promptly forgot. Hahahaha. Whoops.

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