Boston, according to many visitors, is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. Runners from all over the world converge on this city once per year for the Boston Marathon, which is just one of the many beautiful routes throughout the city. Local runners are spoiled with the number of scenic routes throughout Boston and the neighboring towns. Any runners who are visiting the area should lace up their shoes and set out on at least one of the following routes to take in some breathtaking scenes around the city.

Emerald Necklace

This route will take you through many of Boston’s wooded areas, and it has enough paths and branches to keep you running for hours on end. The best route to take is probably the Fenway route so you can run through (and smell) the gardens before making your way to the Back Bay Fens. For a more secluded run, check out the Riverway where you’ll be able to run for miles in the shade.

Franklin Park

This 2.1 mile loop will take you around the iconic Franklin Park Zoo just south of downtown Boston. The park is beautifully maintained and will  be a real treat in the spring as the flowers and trees are blooming. Cross over Scarboro pond and stop to take in the sights as you overlook the sprawling park. Tack on an extra mile and turn your run into a 5k by circling around the Franklin Park Playstead and finishing back at the zoo.

Chestnut Hill Reservoir

This gem is located just on the outskirts of the gorgeous Boston College campus. The loop around the reservoir itself is only 1.5 miles, but you can add to it by making your way through the campus. The route is in the city of Brookline, which has some of the most beautiful architecture in any Boston suburb. The Boston Marathon route passes right through the reservoir, and you can see the college campus as you are running.

Jamaica Pond

I tell everyone who is visiting Boston to check out Jamaica Pond, regardless if they are going to enjoy a run or just to enjoy what Jamaica Pond has to offer. The gardens seem like they are never going to end, and each turn you make while you are running will delight you with a new view. The loop is only 1.5 miles, but it is well worth your time to double back and do it twice so you don’t miss anything.