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7 Cities That Have the Best Running Tours

Get inspired to discover these places by foot

Woman and man jog across a bridge as two people walk ahead of them

From Vancouver to Lisbon, these cities offer group running tours that let you work in some exercise while getting a lesson in culture and history.

London, England

Four men in white shirts and shorts run along the River Thames in London

Give this cultural hub the runaround with City Jogging Tours. Choose from three itineraries that explore iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, and have you running along the River Thames or through the royal parks of London.

Price: from $84

Washington, U.S.A.

Five people jump in the air in front of Washington landmark

With its widely dispersed network of must-sees, D.C. is the perfect city to discover on foot. City Running Tours has four options that let you snap a selfie outside the White House and pay tribute at the Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress, U.S. Supreme Court and more as you run down the National Mall, America’s most-visited national park.

Price: from $40

Cape Town, South Africa

Four adults run across a narrow bridge in Capetown

Unpack history, culture and natural beauty with Go! Running Tours, who help you explore South Africa’s second-most-populous city. Uncover the wild side of Table Mountain, explore the city centre, watch ferries making their way to Robben Island and breathe in a healthy dose of fresh air along the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Price: from $88

New York City, U.S.A.

Four people dressed in athletic wear run beneath the Brooklyn Bridge

On Course Run Tours has a few routes to choose from. Explore the trendy streets of Tribeca, traverse Central Park or try the Brooklyn Bridge Tour, which includes sights such as New York Harbor, Brooklyn Heights and Fulton Ferry Landing.

Price: from $52

Vancouver, Canada

Stunning view of buildings in Vancouver by the coast

Watch the sunset in Coal Harbour or tour the Victorian streets of Gastown with FitCity Tours. Follow the Seawall to soak in the magnificent view from Stanley Park, and reward yourself with a trip to False Creek and a culinary tour of Granville Market.

Price: from $99

Munich, Germany

Three people run across grass in Munich

Lace up with Run Munich and check out the city’s sights. Look up as you pass Viktualienmarkt (a daily food market), the Residenz (a former royal palace) and the Hofbrauhuas (a beer hall dating back to the 16th century).

Price: from $29

Lisbon, Portugal

Two men and a woman rest by the water in Lisbon

Feel the burn as you discover the city’s literal ups and downs on a tour with Lisbon City Runners. Wind your way through the streets of Bairro Alto and the cafés of Alfama, or follow the coast to the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.

Price: from $53

*All prices have been converted to Canadian dollars, and are based on exchange rates at time of publication.

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