Running on the beach is one of the great summer pleasures. Great Runs has compiled a comprehensive guide to the best beaches for running in the United States. This list is focused on the west coast beaches, from Washington State to California. What qualifies as a great running beach? At least 2 miles long, wide, and with firm sand. The list is organized north-to-south. See also our lists of the best beaches for running in New England and New York to Alabama.
Fantastic running on 3-mile long Cannon Beach. Firm sand and great views of Haystack Rock. Also enjoy quiet side streets in town, and a scenic section of the Coast Highway headed south. Trail runners will love the 7+ miles of trails in Ecola State Park.