Running is a great way to get out of the house, see some of the city or your closest urban nature and of course, get a workout in. Now we know that most people are pretty set in their ways when it comes to running routes so we thought that we’d help you switch things up. Here are 10 of the best places to go for a run in Seattle.

Foster Island Trail


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Have you ever wanted to walk on water? Well, you can actually run on water at the Foster Island Trail. This beautiful trail system takes you over part of Lake Washington and is a great way to cool down if you happen to be running on a hot day. Just keep in mind it can get a little busy.

Where: Foster Island

Washington Park Arboretum

On the topic of the Arboretum, you can see some pretty amazing blooms if you run the Washington Park Arboretum Loop. You’ll get to see Azalea Way as well as Lake Washington. Plus you can stop anywhere along the trail to smell the flowers.

Where: 2300 Arboretum Drive E

Lake Washington Boulevard


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If you’re going to run you might as well have a stunning view to look at. That’s exactly what Lake Washington Boulevard provides and more. You can even pop in the lake after to cool down!

Where: Lake Washington Boulevard

The Burke Gilman Trail


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If you’re unfamiliar with the trail, it’s a 27-mile multi-use recreational trail that runs from Ballard to Bothell. Just keep in mind that the trail can get quite busy and you’ll have to watch out for bikers, skaters, and other runners. But you’ll have 27 miles of trail to run and you really can’t beat that.

Where: Burke Gilman Trail

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Interlaken Park


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If you want to forget that you’re in the middle of the city, a run through Interlaken is in order. You can run through the heavily forested and marshy park down to the tree-lined boulevard for a shaded and quiet run on one of the city’s best streets. Who knows you might even see an owl or two!

Where: 2451 Delmar Dr. E

Green Lake Park


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This is an easy pick for a quick run. You can’t go wrong with the loop at Green Lake especially if you go early in the morning. Now keep in mind, that because there is a biking trail you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for people drifting into the wrong lane.

Where: 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N

Elliott Bay Trail


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It’s pretty great how many waterfront trails Seattle has. This trail is fun because you obviously get to see Elliott Bay but you also get to run by sights like the Olympic Sculpture Park and Pike Place Market. So be sure to make a few stops along the way.

Where: Elliott Bay Trail

Seward Park Loop

For a breezy and easy run, you can hit the short but beautiful Seward Park Loop. You’ll get to run through the forested part of the park but you can head to a waterfront spot after if you feel so inclined. Just watch out for bikers because this is a beloved park and is usually pretty busy.

Where: 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S

Volunteer Park

If you want a run with a short loop that changes terrain, Volunteer Park is a great choice. You can stay on the paved road or opt for some of the gravel paths. Not to mention this park has its own series of hills and stairs that you can add in to make your run as hard or as easy as you’d like.

Where: 1247 15th Ave. E

Discovery Park

You can’t say no to a jog through Discovery Park. This park is one of Seattle’s most beautiful and it’s massive. Run through the trails or down on the beach, either way, you can’t go wrong with this spot. You can also come back time and time again to check out new trails.

Where: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd

That’s what we have when it comes to the best places to run in Seattle. We hope that you guys get out there and enjoy some fresh summer air.