Top Spots for Runners in the US Part 1
The Great American Runners Road Trip
The great American road trip is the stuff of dreams, travelling across the country and seeing this diverse country and everything it has to offer is something that people from all over the world want to do before they reach the pearly gates. Perhaps one of the best things this country has to offer is its incredible landscapes and national parks that’ll take your breath away and one of the best ways to take it all in is by going for a run. Trust me it’s hard to hit the wall when there’s so much beauty around you. So, why not combine the two and go on an amazing running spot road trip? Here are some of the best spots you can fin in the USA for hitting the trail.
Adirondacks Mountain Range, New York
Spot: High Peaks Region
When we hear New York it’s likely that the first thing that comes to mind is the big apple with it’s towering sky scrapers, bustling traffic and all-around urban setting but the State is also home to a vast wilderness. Nowhere is better here for both sights and setting off on the track than the Adirondacks mountain range. If it’s a challenging run, you’ll be facing some incredible vertical gain across a compressed group of 46 peaks. The terrain is rough and the views are astonishing, Whiteface Mountain is best known for its tough run, it stands at 4867 ft tall and if you head up on a clear day, you’ll be able to see several states from its peak. It’s a challenge with a reward that any tough runner will love.
Kings Canyon National Park, California
Spot: Paradise Valley Trail
If its dense woodlands and trickling streams you’re looking for then Canyon National Park in California is certainly a top spot for you. Here you’ll find the Paradise Valley Trail which takes you through an amazing wood where you will be able to see granite peaks and sequoia trees along its 17.1-mile route. It’s worth planning when you’d like to travel there based on its weather, you may find snow here during the winter and it can take a while for it to clear, usually not melting until June or even early July. Either wait until the Summer months or simply grab your traction cleats and head out through a winter wonderland, your choice.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Spot: Paddock Creek Trails
As time has passed much of Americas landscape has changed thanks to the countless settlers and dwellers it has seen over the years and though it still has much wilderness even that has been somewhat developed and therefore changed. Theodore Roosevelt National Park however is one of its less visited national parks, this means it has seen less development. Yes, here is a place that feels more like something those earlier settlers and natives would have known; vast canyons, extensive meadows and even heard of bison. Take the Upper and Lower Paddock Creek Trails, though its also worth taking a GPS as the trail can easily merge into the bison trails without you realising.