Here are some recommended running or walking routes from
the top runner travel guide book
Fun on Foot in America's

Mississippi West Bank
This Minneapolis running route scores high marks on all of the comfort,
attractions, convenience, and destination criteria for running or walking
routes.  The route starts at Minnehaha Park, south of downtown on the
Mississippi bank, and follows the river trail upstream to the most historic
part of the city, Old Saint Anthony.  There are very few traffic encounters and
several interesting sights.

Downtown-Uptown Loop
A loop route from Nicollet Mall downtown [map], near the Convention Center.  
See Loring Park, the city’s central park, the Sculpture Garden with its
impressive outdoor creations, a classy Minneapolis residential
neighborhood, and the scenic edge of one of the city’s most attractive lakes.  
You can also traverse Eat Street, a 17-block stretch of ethnic restaurants;
either eat here or pick out a place to come back to in the evening.

Chain of Lakes
Chain of Lakes is probably the best-known catchphrase for  Minneapolis
walking and running.  This city has many lakes and several of them are
close enough to combine into nice on-foot routes.  However, the heart of the
Chain of Lakes is unquestionably the trio of: Lake of the Isles, Lake
Calhoun, and Lake Harriet.  Run or walk the trails around these lakes and
finish in a popular shopping, restaurant, and bar area.

Minnehaha Creek and Lake Nokomis
This is the most beautiful running or walking route on the Minneapolis menu
from the natural environment perspective.  You follow wide, treed parklands
all the way.  The route covers the south leg of the Grand Rounds: Minnehaha
Creek; a loop of Lake Nokomis; and a finish in Minnehaha Park, with its
various attractions and convenient Light Rail service back downtown.

Cedar and Wirth Lakes
Do a downtown-to-downtown loop on dedicated trails with amazingly few
traffic encounters.  This route is ideal for a city hotel dweller or city worker
with a couple of hours to spare and a desire to escape from the hordes and
the traffic.  Some of the ideas might also be mixed with elements of our
other running and walking routes to tailor something special.
Stone Arch Bridge
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Lake Harriet East Trail
Minnehaha Falls
Kenilworth Trail
Minneapolis Running Routes
and Walking Routes
Fun on Foot in America's Cities
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Chain of Lakes
Eat Street
Grand Rounds Nat
Scenic Byway
Map of the Grand Rounds
Minneapolis Parks
Riverfront District
Sculpture Garden
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