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World’s most beautiful places to run: part two (U.S. kid-friendly edition)


Many of us wish we could escape to some of the beautiful places we featured in part one of this series, but if you have kids, it can be difficult to take a running vacation and keep everyone happy.

In part two (the U.S. version — U.K. coming soon), we feature some kid-friendly vacation spots that are perfect for runners and active families.

Northfield Mountain Recreation Area, Massachusetts
This run is perfect if you have older children that enjoy the outdoors. It is a challenging run with quite an elevation change. Parts of the trail are quaintly wooded, and the best time of year to visit is in the fall when the leaves change colors. Learn more.

Henderson State Park, Florida
This park is located along the Gulf of Mexico and has more than 6,000 feet of shoreline. You can find various sea creatures, such as dolphins and sea turtles, while gazing at the ocean. Also, during the winter, you can spot many migrating birds and butterflies. Learn more.

Bloomingdale Trail, Illinois
Perfect for a jogging stroller, this trail runs along a former railroad track and is closed off to traffic. The view is above the street so you can see many spectacular views of Chicago. Learn more.

Berryman Trail, Missouri
This winding trail is a perfect spot to take in the lower Midwestern forests, which is filled with creeks and enormous trees. Learn more.

El Moro Canyon Loop, California
When you’re on the west coast, you need to see the Pacific. The El Moro Canyon Loop has breathtaking ocean views that children and adults of all ages can enjoy. Learn more.

Colorado Trail, Colorado (pictured above)
Along the 28-segment Colorado Trail, you’ll find remnants of historic mining towns, old railroad tunnels, and a ski resort. In addition, there are plenty of brilliant wildflowers to entice the little ones. Learn more.

What is on your list of kid-friendly running vacations?

Written by Danielle Bressoud.