This is our guide to the best places to run in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Neighboring Minneapolis and St. Paul, commonly known as the Twin Cities, form a large metropolitan area and are one of the most livable cities in the United States. The best spots for running center around the lakes, the Mississippi River, and the parks connecting them. Minnesota is informally known as the land of 10,000 lakes and running around a lake is a classic Twin Cities training run. The Twin Cities Marathon is claimed to be “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America”.
Our favorites include Chain of Lakes run, the Minnehaha Parkway, and the Mississippi River Road. In St. Paul, Lake Como is beautiful and we’ve also mapped out a tour of the Capitol and Summit Avenue. For park-like running, enjoy Fort Snelling State Park and Hyland Lake Park Preserve.
Weather in the Twin Cities can be extreme; summers are hot and humid, and winters can be brutally cold.