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.
“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, adventuretoanywhere.com
“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, canadiangirlruns.com
Central Park, New York
“(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, prettylittlegrub.com
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, adventuretoanywhere.com
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, alifeofwander.com
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, adventuretoanywhere.com
“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, gettingstamped.com
“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, canadiangirlruns.com
“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, adventuretoanywhere.com
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”.