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Travel Destinations For Runners Of All Stripes

Mostly C’s: Culture Craver

You don’t just travel—you experience.

Los Angeles, Calif.

With more museums and theaters than any U.S. city, the City of Angels is a must-see for anyone obsessed with art, music or film. Though it has a reputation for being one of the worst cities for driving, it’s one of the best for running, with endless beachside routes, mountain trails and urban paths to choose from.

Run It

Tour: BlacklistLA, a 300-strong run group that meets every Monday night to explore the street art of L.A.

Race: The LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, featuring opening ceremonies with lion dancers and 100,000 firecrackers.

Chicago, Ill.

Yes, you’ll want to snap a selfie at Cloud Gate, the stainless-steel “bean” that stars in many a tourist photograph. But don’t skip out on the many other public art installations in the Windy City—Chicago’s downtown loop alone features more than 100 sculptures and murals, including the cubist “Chicago Picasso” in the Daley Plaza, a striking neon display at the city’s transit headquarters and the groovy “sounding sculpture” at the Aon Center.

Run It

Route: Downtown Art Loop, a choose-your-own-adventure route of public art that you can build.

Race: Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which starts at the Art Institute and weaves through dozens of public art pieces before finishing at Grant Park, which features multiple installations as well.

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