If a morning run is part of your daily routine, a trip abroad isn’t going to stop you from hitting the pavement. Jogging in a new place can actually be an amazing way to see the sights and (hopefully not literally) stumble upon streets or landmarks you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. Tie up your trusty trainers and follow these scenic and pedestrian-friendly routes for a fit tour of some of the world’s major cities. (Click the maps to zoom in on the route)
The Thames Path follows the river bank for over 180 miles, and is perfect for a city jog. You can make this run as long or short as you please, but a nice 5.9km route starts at the Tower Bridge and loops around at the House of Parliament. Youâ€™ll have great views of the Tower of London, The London Eye, Jubilee Gardens and the Millennium Bridge on this route.
Jardin des Tuileries is the perfect setting for a rejuvenating jog. No matter which direction you are jogging here, youâ€™ll have views of either the Champs Elysees or the Louvre. Youâ€™ll even glimpse the Eiffel Tower. A jaunt around the garden is only 2km, but if you continue along the bank of the Seine you can extend your run for as long as you like. On Sundays and holidays the route along the river is pedestrianized for even more peaceful running.
The banks of the Charles River provide the perfect setting for a leisurely jog. There are many bridges to choose from for your loop, but a popular 6km route starts at the Museum of Science and crosses the Harvard Bridge. Youâ€™ll have skyline views of the iconic Prudential Center, verdant parks to run through and quaint New England charm to inspire you along the way.
Start your jog at the Sydney Opera House Gate and make your way around the Royal Botanic Gardens. This paved path hugs the water so youâ€™ll have stunning views of the Harbour Bridge and the opera house. The loop around the gardens is 4km, but you can add another 2km to your trek if you divert around the adjacent Domain as well.
Youâ€™ll feel like you are jogging through a fairy tale on this routeâ€”the park of Nymphenburg Palace is a veritable enchanted forest. Youâ€™ll have formal gardens, ancient bath houses and fountains to meander through, ending with the majestic palace. The loop around will get you 11km of running, but there are endless opportunities to wind among the inner paths too.
Crissy Field is one of the most popular running trails in the city. Starting at Fort Mason, jog west along the water. In a mere 4km youâ€™ll be staring up at the Golden Gate Bridge! At the end of the trail there you can high five â€śHopperâ€™s Handsâ€ť in true San Franciscan running tradition.
Jogging in Rome is a feast for the eyesâ€”everywhere you turn youâ€™ll be face to face with
the cityâ€™s rich history and gorgeous architecture. If you start at Piazza della Repubblica (near the Termini train station), you can soak up a 6.3km route that will take you straight into the heart of the Villa Borghese Gardens. Youâ€™ll have views of the ancient city walls, bath house ruins and formal gardens throughout your jaunt.
This city of hills can be daunting even for experienced joggers, but Tamaki Drive is the perfect solution. Starting downtown, follow Quay Street east until it turns into the tree lined Tamaki Drive. Youâ€™ll be right on the turquoise water with views of the skyline behind you and Rangitoto Island out in the harbor. You can run all the way to Mission Bay (12km total) or stop at any point to turn back towards downtown.
Rio de Janeiro
The people watching here will make jogging in the Brazilian heat worth your effort! If you start at the end of Leme Beach, there are pedestrian paths that span all the way through Aropador to Ipanema Beach and Leblon. Avid exercise is popular in this city and you wonâ€™t be alone if you stop along your route to do some chin-ups or tricep dips on the available beachside equipment.
If itâ€™s not too chilly, take a turn around the lush park lands that border old Quebec City. Starting at the Citadel, run parallel to Rue Champlain, across the historic Plains of Abraham. Youâ€™ll loop around the Battlefields Park, where authentic cannons still stand sentry, and back to the Citadel, about 7km total. From here you can soak in views of the mighty St. Lawrence River and the Chateau Frontenac.
Wherever you travel, enjoy your scenic jogs. Your luxury hotel will be a perfect starting point for all your sojourns through the great cities of the world. Remember to check out Excellent Hotels for guaranteed low rates on over 35,000 fine hotels worldwide!