#10 Tokyo from Top Running Cities Around the World
Top Running Cities Around the World
#5 Santa Monica
Shirazi loves Santa Monica not only because it’s a great place for runners, but also because it’s welcoming to almost any other activity you can think of. “I especially like running along the Pacific from Santa Monica up to Malibu. I feel like I'm at the edge of the U.S when running along the beautiful Pacific Ocean,” he says.
#4 New York
In New York Shirazi’s favorite places to run include Central Park and the West Side Highway. In fact, he compares Central Park to a paradise for runners. “It’s also fun to run along the West Side Highway and take in views of the new Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty,” says Shirazi.
Commenting that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world, Shirazi adds: “I can run for miles along the Seine River and take in views of the Eiffel Tower, past the Louvre, up through Place Vendome and the Champs Elysees.” He also noted that there are many easy-to-find trails here. “Just ask the hotel concierge,” he says.
# 2 London
Although running in Europe can be more challenging compared to other parts of the world, Shirazi still named London as his second favorite running city. “Running in Europe is more difficult because exercise culture isn’t as pervasive as in the U.S. However, London does measure up to any American city, with fantastic trails through Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and long the river Thames,” says Shirazi.
#1 Washington, DC
Shirazi calls DC one the most runner-friendly cities in the world. “It’s very European and set up with lots of walkways. It’s pedestrian friendly and there are so many wonderful views,” he says. “I especially love running past The White House, Capitol, and through Georgetown.”