Where to Run in Minneapolis

It’s time to take your jog to the next level with beautiful city sights. Minneapolis enjoys the ideal combination of urban and natural environments that will leave any runner breathless, for more than one reason.

Trails and routes for those of all skill levels are scattered across the city and nearby areas. Not only will you find the perfect route for your personal capabilities, you will also enjoy breathtaking views along the way. Here are our top 5 recommended routes for the best scenery that Minneapolis has to offer.


Distance: 5 miles
Start near 3rd Ave. and make your way across the Stone Arch Bridge, down Main St., around Boom Island, up to Broadway and back across the river to your starting point. Enjoy views of the iconic Mississippi River in Minneapolis, pass by historical buildings and through quaint riverside neighborhoods. Just over 5 miles long, this route is sure to be enjoyed by all.
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Distance: 11 miles
For those wishing to take on a scenic route that is neither too short nor too long, Minneapolis’s River Roads are your answer! Make your way down West River Parkway and across the Mississippi River at Franklin Ave. Take a small detour into Prospect Park and visit the Witch's Hat Tower at Tower Hill Park for an incredible view of the Minneapolis skyline and a short breather. Head back on East River Parkway to finish with another beautiful view of the city across the Stone Arch Bridge.
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Total Distance: 12.5 miles
Individual Lake Distances: Cedar Lake, 1.68 miles | Lake of the Isles, 2.6 miles | Lake Calhoun, 3.1 miles | Lake Harriet 2.75 milesTake on Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet in this 12.5 mile run. Whether you circle them all or choose one to do some laps, you will never *run* out of beautiful views! Take in the sparkling water of the lakes, the beautiful homes along the way and secretly race other runners without them knowing. Need a break? Take a breather at one of the many parks along the way.
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Distance: As long as you want
Just 10 minutes outside of downtown lies Theodore Wirth Regional Park, the largest regional park in the Minneapolis park system. With miles of various trails to pursue off the main path, runners can add more distance and scenery to their trek. Perfect for runners of all levels, trails can range from flat and paved to winding and steep. Keep an eye out for wildlife while in the zone! Deer, foxes and badgers inhabit the wooded areas and, as a designated bird sanctuary, the bird watching opportunities are endless. 
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Distance: 4.5 miles
Hop on the Blue Line Light Rail train in downtown and head to Fort Snelling for striking views and uninterrupted focus. Loop around Pike Island and Snelling Lake while breathing in the harmonic nature of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers and their surrounding landscapes. Jump back on the Blue Line train for an easy and relaxing ride back to the city.
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