Running along a wide path with a view of the sea is a favorite for many runners. Our ‘seafront promenades‘ category has nearly 200 of these types of routes, worldwide. Here, we choose 20 of our favorites in North America. The criteria: must be along an ocean, or one of the Great Lakes (not a river), at least 2 miles long, not on the road, and feature unobstructed views of the water. Note: these are listed in alphabetical order, by location.
The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, which spans the coast of Monterey between Pacific Grove and Castroville, is a beautiful 18 mile former railway, which is now a two lane path leading to some of the most notable tourist attractions in the area.