A dedicated runner doesn’t let vacation plans get in the way of their passion. In fact, a runner can look forward to vacation time all the more, knowing they can pound the pavement (or forest floor, or beach) wherever they go! Running doesn’t require much more than good shoes, running clothes, a water bottle, and at least half a plan. Next time you’re traveling within the USA, point your feet in the direction of these exciting running destinations.
Austin, Texas. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail has it all. This 10-mile trail runs along a section of the Colorado River, through beautiful scenery and cultural Austin. Not up for a 10-mile run? Bridges along the way make a shorter loop possible.
San Francisco, California. Put on your running shoes and head to Golden Gate Park. One of San Francisco’s treasures, this massive park contains many pedestrian paths weaving in and around its attractions. Run through the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Japanese Tea Garden, stop to sniff the roses in the lovely Rose Garden, and find shade beneath the Colonial Historic Trees.
Kauai, Hawaii. Vacationing in the islands doesn’t put runners out of their element. Take in the exotic beauty of Kauai on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. Not a trail for novice runners, the Kalalau Trail dips into valleys and over towering sea cliffs. Along the way enjoy ancient Hawaiian ruins, white sand beaches, and guava trees.
Chicago, Illinois. Take the Windy City in stride on the Chicago Lakefront Trail, a 19-mile trail along the shores of Lake Michigan. The trail gives you access to many famous Chicago attractions, such as Navy Pier, Promontory Point, Shedd Aquarium, and Lincoln Park. The downtown area of the trail is teeming with tourists and traffic, but you’ll find other parts of it open and less busy.
Boston, Massachusetts. Considered one of the greatest runs in the United States, the Charles River Path runs from Science Park in Boston to Watertown, Waltham, and Newton. Bridges along the way provide different loop options, so you can do whichever distance you like. View the boats on the river, and watch for some great landmarks on your way.
Denver, Colorado. The Cherry Creek Regional Trail is a must-run when you’re in the Denver area. The complete route is a whopping 40 miles, with most of it paved. The downtown Denver section features access to the Cherry Creek Shopping District and the Four Mile House and Historic Park. The rural sections are picturesque, going through grassy meadows and rolling hills.
Williamsburg, Michigan. Run with the forest wildlife on Vasa Pathway, a series of loops that cater to all levels of runners. The loops are 3K, 5K, 10K, or 25K. The scenery is delightful, varying from season to season.
Stowe, Vermont. View the breathtaking scenery on the 35 miles of Trapp Family Lodge Trails. The different trails run through flowered meadows, wooded land, and Vermont mountains.
Georgia to Maine. Are you an experienced long-distance runner looking for one of the biggest challenges in the United States? Explore the Appalachian Trail. This national scenic trail stretches through 14 states! Even if you’re not planning on spending multiple days running, it’s worth getting on the trail somewhere and running for an hour or two. The scenery ranges from level woodland to steep cliffs.
This wonderful country is full of beauty, from quiet, sun-filled meadows to snow-peaked mountains to culture-filled urban areas. Take advantage of your traveling by hitting the trails and seeing the United States up close and personal!