Running is something you can do anywhere so if your work trip or vacation takes you to a new place, it is easy to find running routes that let you get your miles in on your trip. A little prep work before you head out will make sure you get a scenic and safe run while you explore a new place.
- Check-out the local specialty running store in the area. Local stores have group runs during the week that you could join in and meet some new friends while you run. They also may list their routes on the website if you can’t run with the group. Give the shop a call and ask for recommendations. They will be able to tell you about local places to run in the area.
- Running apps that you already use to track your mileage often let you search for routes around you. Strava’s Local and MapMyRun allow you to find running routes in places across the globe. Download the GPS data to your watch and you can get turn by turn directions. No more stopping to look at the street signs or wondering if you made a wrong turn. They also let you track your runs so you can save the route if you travel to the same destination again.
- Search for local races in the area to find scenic routes. Race organizers will post the course for local 5K, 10K, half or full marathons where you can download the directions and get a solid overview of the course. You can run part of the course or run loops to get the distance you want.
- Reach out to your social community on Facebook or Instagram. If you are a part of running groups online, ask for recommendations for routes where you are going. You may even find someone to run with you! You may also discover that friends have traveled to the same place you are going and can make recommendations so be sure to post on your personal page as well.
- If you are traveling to a major U.S. city, City Run Tours may be a great option for you. One of the best parts about them is you can customize your runs! Pick a distance and/or sights you want to see and they will create a route for you. You just have to show up. They have pre-organized runs where you can experience history tours of the city or tours that include stops at local breweries.