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The Best Parks in the US and Europe to get your Jogging Fix

Central Park in New York.

Central Park in New York.

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Aug 1, 2012 —  It’s hard to encapsulate the feeling you get during that perfect run, where you zone out, lose sight of all those worries and become thankful for the countless things in your life, one of which is simply, your surroundings. As you forget your body’s propelling motion while ironically picking up speed, you look around, breathe deeply and realize the beauty in the natural backdrop displayed before you.

And once you’ve got on those rose-colored glasses and that near-orgasmic runner’s high has officially kicked in, the little things stop mattering as much. You’re able to blow right by the sidewalk hog with three dogs and Rocky IV blasting from his iPhone without a second thought. And shockingly, the couple making out on the park bench every Thursday afternoon no longer makes you wince (very rose-colored).

Losing yourself in this adrenaline rush isn’t just about the swoosh on your sneakers or the new Lululemon shorts you’re wearing though, it all starts with the will and “where” to go. But don’t fret; we’ve done that work for you by compiling a Top 10 list of perfect sweat-it-out jogging spots in the U.S. and Europe. All you have to do is head out the door.

So give these amazing parks a test run and you can thank us later.

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    Central Park

    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Central Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in New York.
    New York

    Central Park
    New York, NY 10019

    212‑310‑6600

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    Hyde Park

    Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Hyde Park - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in London.
    London

    Between Park Lane and Kensington Church Street and Bayswater Road
    and Hyde Park Gate
    London W1

    300 061 2000

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    Runyon Canyon

    Outdoor Activity / Park

    Runyon Canyon - Outdoor Activity | Park in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    South entrances at the top of Fuller Avenue and Vista Street and north entrance off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    323‑666‑5046; 213‑485‑5572

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    Vondelpark

    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Vondelpark - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in Amsterdam.
    Amsterdam

    Museum Quarter
    1071 AA Amsterdam

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    Lincoln Park

    Beach / Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Lincoln Park - Beach | Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in Chicago.
    Chicago

    2045 Lincoln Park West
    (address of Lincoln Park Cultural Center)
    Chicago, IL 60610

    312‑742‑7726

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    Parc de la Ciutadella

    Outdoor Activity / Park

    Parc de la Ciutadella - Outdoor Activity | Park in Barcelona.
    Barcelona

    Passeig de Picasso
    08003 Barcelona

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    Golden Gate Park

    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Golden Gate Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    Between Stanyan Street to the east
    and Great Highway to the west,
    and Fulton Street to the north
    and Lincoln Way to the south
    San Francisco, CA 94118

    415‑831‑2700

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    El Parque del Buen Retiro

    Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park

    El Parque del Buen Retiro - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in Madrid.
    Madrid

    C/ Alfonso XII, 14
    28014 Madrid

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    East Potomac Park

    Outdoor Activity / Park

    East Potomac Park - Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    Ohio Drive SW
    Washington, DC 20024

    Golf course: 202‑554‑7660
    Potomac Grille: 202‑554‑7660
    Swimming Pool: 202‑727‑6523
    Tennis Center: 202‑554‑5962

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    Englischer Garten

    Beer Garden / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Englischer Garten - Beer Garden | Outdoor Activity | Park in Munich.
    Munich

    Englischer Garten
    80538 Munich

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User Comments

Sridevi R. Aug 8, 2012
Beach runs will always be my favorite
Sandip S. Aug 7, 2012
Just needed this inspiration to get myself into shape for the summer....long way to go!
Anonymous Aug 6, 2012
If you are running in Washington, DC you can't beat the national mall. Very inspiring to run around monuments and great open and flat spaces for running.
Chris M. Aug 3, 2012
Just run on the beach in LA, you'll be tired in no time.
Sam A. Aug 3, 2012
Any park is better than being stuck on the treadmill during winter.
Alex K. Aug 2, 2012
Runyon is one of my favorites in LA. But once you've done that numerous times, I would check out the Hollywood Sign hike and Griffith Park. Both are great too!
Victor H. Aug 1, 2012
Does Echo Park count? I'm usually not running down this park though more like bar hopping from the Short Stop to The Echo. I definitely need to check out Runyon Canyon it looks like a nice place for a Sunday morning or afternoon. I'm surprised I haven't been there already. I'm definitely bringing my own water and snacks though.
Lauren A. Aug 1, 2012
You'll be happy you made the trek up Runyon Canyon once you take in the view. For a killer workout head to Central Park's "Harlem Hills" - If you're training for a marathon you'll begin to know them like the back of your hand. El Parque del Buen Retiro is by far the most breathtaking!
Danny M. Aug 1, 2012
Primo would have a comment like that. Will you be running in your Versace sunglasses?
Deepak H. Aug 1, 2012
What about Rodeo drive? I'd run on Rodeo and get my window shopping fix at the same time :)
Paul F. Aug 1, 2012
I'm always amazed at the people jogging up and down Runyon Canyon. That's gotta be an incredible workout.
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