The 100 Best Runs in America’s Cities

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Below is our list of The 100 Best Runs in America’s Cities. Click here for background and methodology!

City#RouteWhy Iconic?
Atlanta1Piedmont ParkCrown jewel of Atlanta running scene with fields, woods, and skyline views
2Freedom ParkA green, shaded run from the Carter Library to the MLK Memorial
Austin3Lady Bird Lake TrailThe signature trail in Austin with 10 miles of trail on the Colorado River
4Barton Creek GreenbeltLots of variety from parkland to rugged trail run
Baltimore5Waterfront PromenadeWonderful promenade along Inner Harbor, great views
6Fort McHenry3-mile loop around this historic fort, at mouth of the Inner Harbor
Boston7The Charles River PathsFamous river run with Boston on one side and Cambridge on the other
8The Emerald NecklaceOlmsted-designed greenway, from State House to Franklin Park
Burlington, VT9Island Line Rail TrailViews of Lake Champlain & Adirondacks, with causeway and ferry
10Shelburne FarmsStunning waterfront views on 1400 acre farm, 10 miles of  trails
Boulder11Mesa TrailDramatic Flatirons, scenic forests, and meadows
12Reservoir/Valley RanchLovely open route with variety of water views and ranch lands
Buffalo13Delaware ParkPart of Buffalo’s famous Olmsted Park System
14Bird Island PierPart of extensive waterfront running in Buffalo
Charlotte15Uptown Park/Stadium LoopDowntown route featuring green spaces and Charlotte landmarks
16Booty LoopIdyllic Myers Park neighborhood with its tall oaks, lovely homes, hilly roads
Charleston, SC17Downtown TourHistoric sights & architecture, including jaunt along The Battery
18Cannon Park to Patriots PointHighlight is the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, with 2-mile incline
Chicago19Lakefront Path18-mile trail is one of the most spectacular urban runs in the country
20Grant  & Millennium ParkA monument to urban planning, with many loop & trail options
Cincinnati21Eden ParkCincinnati’s most popular park including important landmarks & lovely trails
22Bridge LoopsSeveral bridges connect Cincinnati and Newport
Cleveland23 Lakefront BikewayA path spanning Cleveland’s 17-mile Lake Erie shoreline
24Rockefeller ParkA 7-mile linear park, passing by several landmarks
Columbus25Olentangy TrailPopular path, binding downtown, parks, Scioto Mile
26Capitol & Scioto GreenwayGreat downtown run on Capitol grounds & path along Scioto River
Dallas-Fort Worth27Katy Trail3.5 mile dedicated trail is the best bet downtown
28White Rock Lake9.6 mile loop around the reservoir is the ‘destination’ run in Dallas
Denver29Cherry CreekPath through several parks & landmarks is Denver running centerpiece
30Three Park RunEnjoy City Park, Cheesman Park, and Washington Park
Detroit31RiverwalkSignature running route in Detroit featuring ~5 miles along the water
32Bell IsleOlmsted designed park on an island in the Detroit River, with views of the Detroit skyline & the Windsor shore
Fort Lauderdale33Ft. Lauderdale BeachRun on the sand or wide sidewalk on one of Florida’s best beaches
34Hollywood BoardwalkOne of the most pleasant boardwalks in S. Florida, with great beach/ocean views and lots of crowds and sights
Honolulu35Waikiki BeachBeachfront neighborhood, with views of water, surf, Diamond Head
36Diamond HeadA hilly loop around iconic landmark with sweeping views
Houston37Memorial ParkThe heart of Houston’s running community with paths and skyline views
38Buffalo Bayou ParkThe centerpiece of a $30 million urban revitalization plan
Indianapolis39White River TrailTrail winding through Indy’s cultural and educational attractions
40Eagle Creek ParkOne of the largest metropolitan green spaces in the nation
Jacksonville41The Beaches11 mile strip along some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches
42Guana River State Park9 miles of trails that wind through undisturbed maritime forest
Kansas City43The PlazaGreat route highlighting artistic and architecturally interesting area
44Riverfront Heritage TrailWinds through oldest & most historic parts of KC
Las Vegas45The StripMight not be pretty, but one of the most unique runs anywhere
46Red Rock CanyonExperience running in the Mojave Desert, 17 miles from The Strip
Los Angeles47The Strand Beach PathFew cities in the world rival L.A. for fantastic beach running options
48Palisades ParkPalm-lined greenway with star-gazing & views of Santa Monica Pier
Miami49Miami BeachOne of the great urban beaches – run on the beach or boardwalk
50Key BiscayneRun over the spectacular Rickenbacker Causeway to this island
Milwaukee51Olmsted Parks TourTour of Olmsted-designed Lake Park and Riverside Park
52Oak Leaf Trail5 mile trail connecting several beautiful parks in central area
Minneapolis-St. Paul53Chain of LakesThree beautiful adjoining lakes, includes an almost 3 mile loop around each lake
54St. Paul- Lake ComoPerimeter loop is the best choice for a lake run in St. Paul
Nashville55Greenways/Nashville TourPaths & greenways by major landmarks of downtown
56Shelby Bottoms GreenwayBeautiful, paved trail with impressive views of the Cumberland River
New Orleans57Audubon ParkRun under a leafy canopy, alongside a lagoon, around a famous zoo
58City ParkLarge with beautiful canopy, Botanical Garden, Sculpture Garden
New York City: Manhattan59Central ParkRun “The Res” , the entire 7 mile perimeter, or random paths
60Westside HighwayFantastic running along the Hudson from tip to tip
New York City: Boroughs61Brooklyn – Prospect ParkOlmsted designed park with Brownstone-lined streets of Park Slope
62The Two BridgesIconic Brooklyn & Manhattan bridges with great water & skyline views
Orlando63Orlando Urban Trail6 lakes, Science Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Botanical Garden
64West Orange TrailWorld-class rail trail through urban & suburban areas
Philadelphia65Fairmount ParkOne of the USA’s largest urban green spaces featuring sights and water views
66Philadelphia History TourHistoric Philadelphia sites & Benjamin Franklin Bridge to NJ
Phoenix67Papago ParkA hilly desert park covering 1500 acres in Phoenix and Tempe
68Indian Wash GreenbeltOasis of parks, lakes, & paths, traversing 11 miles through Scottsdale
Pittsburgh69Three Rivers Heritage TrailA trail along both sides of all three rivers, with fun bridge connectors
70Schenley ParkNearly 500 acre park with gorgeous gardens, in the university area
Portland, OR71Waterfront/EsplanadeThis is the signature run along the Williamette River
72Forest ParkThe largest urban forest in the United States. 80+ miles of trails
Portland, ME73Eastern PromenadeDowntown to Back Cove, with spectacular harbor and ocean views
74Cape ElizabethAffluent suburb with oceanside road and spectacular homes
Providence75East Bay Bike PathPath along the ocean, passing through several state & local parks
76Newport – Ocean Ave.One of the most popular “drives” in the country is also a great run
Sacramento77Jedediah Smith TrailTrail along the American River, & lovely Sacramento State campus
78Capitol RunThe Capitol, Fremont Park, Sutter Historic Park, Indian Museum
Salt Lake City79City Creek CanyonQuick escape to nature from downtown in a canyon run alongside creek
80Sugar House & Liberty ParkRun either or both of the city’s two signature parks
San Antonio81RiverwalkSan Antonio’s signature run, with 15 miles of continuous trails
82Mission Reach TrailAn extension of the River Walk, this trail runs by the 18th century missions
San Diego83Mission Bay12-mile loop with water views, beaches, bridges, and an island
84Balboa Park65 miles of trails featuring gardens, groves, & important San Diego sights
San Francisco85Crissy Field to GG BridgeOne of the world’s great urban runs. Water, GG Bridge, Headlands
86Golden Gate ParkLeft coast version of NYC’s Central Park. Many features and variety
San Jose87Baylands TrailsRemarkable trails and parks incorporating tidal marshland
88Los Gatos Creek Trail10 mile path through several parks and into Los Gatos hills
Seattle89Elliott Bay TrailWaterfront trail along Puget Sound, accessible from downtown
90Green ParkOne of Seattle’s most beloved parks, with special loops for runners
St. Louis91Eads Bridge-ArchArch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Park
92Forest ParkBeautiful park and important landmarks: lakes, museum, zoo
Silicon Valley93The Bay TrailFantastic trail along San Francisco Bay, from SFO to San Mateo
94The Stanford DishOpen pastureland, lake, & great views of the Stanford Campus
Tampa-St. Petersburg95Bayshore Linear Park TrailThe world’s longest continuous sidewalk, with 4.5 waterfront miles
96St. Pete BeachGreat beach run with great views of the Gulf of Mexico, sunsets
Tucson97Saguaro NP East LoopGreat trail running option close to the city with beautiful views and variety
98Sabino Canyon Rec. AreaMountains, canyons, plants & animals of the Sonoran Desert
Washington, D.C.99National Mall & Tidal BasinScenery, history, beauty in one of the USA’s most memorable runs
100Rock Creek ParkEnjoy shade and Washington’s lush foliage with a myriad of trail options

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