What Are the Best Cities For Runners?

When I travel, I like to bring my shoes with me and sneak in a run during my free time. What U.S. cities have the best, most convenient trails for visitors?

Apr 8, 2013
Outside Magazine

Portland, Oregon    Photo: Jay Lichtman via Flickr


First, let's get one thing straight: casual travelers won't have time to drive to a gorgeous but far-off trailhead for a workout, so convenience is almost as important as quality. The cities on this list all have long, wide running paths that are close to downtown, offer plenty of scenery, and won’t force you to cross many intersections during an hour-long workout.

New York City
Minneapolis and St. Paul
Washington, DC