Running near water is always better—that is, unless it’s raining. That’s why Austin’s Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin trails are hot spots for the running community. You can also take advantage of Austin’s natural setting on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a 7.2–mile trail through what is considered an “urban oasis.”
Washington, D.C. is home to over 800 miles of trails, the most obvious of which is the National Mall. Two and a half miles of groomed and nearly flat paths are ideal for running while soaking up the capitol ambiance. Plus, who doesn’t like running by our beautiful national monuments? D.C. also has a virtually endless number of paths in and around federal buildings and embassies, or you can follow the course of the annual Cherry Blossom 10-miler. For a less-crowded run, head to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail, which follows the Potomac River into Maryland.