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Minneapolis Running Routes
and Walking Routes
Here are some recommended running or walking routes from the
top runner travel guide book
Fun on Foot in America's Cities:

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