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Getting your feet on the pavement opens up a city unlike any other form of transportation. Waking up early and jogging through quiet streets will let you explore in a way you simply can’t experience from the back of a car or in a crush of fellow tourists. And, of course, there are the discernible health benefits too. If you want to beat back jet lag or undo the damage that comes with eating and drinking your way through someplace new, a good run will do it. So, if you’re looking to boost your mood and your energy on your next trip, here are six smart options for those looking to hit the ground running.

san francisco

The big decision to make when running in San Francisco, is how big (or high) do you want to go? Running along the waterfront of Crissy Field to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge offers unparalleled views of the bay, the Marin Headlands and Alcatraz. Then, you can wind up a paved trail to make the nearly four-mile trek across the iconic bridge and back. Or jog the Embarcadero’s unusually wide coast-hugging sidewalk past such landmarks as vintage streetcars, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Want to go more natural?

We can’t all be gluttons for punishment wanting to wallow in our fears of mortality

The big decision to make when running in San Francisco, is how big (or high) do you want to go? Running along the waterfront of Crissy Field to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge offers unparalleled views of the bay, the Marin Headlands and Alcatraz. Then, you can wind up a paved trail to make the nearly four-mile trek across the iconic bridge and back. Or jog the Embarcadero’s unusually wide coast-hugging sidewalk past such landmarks as vintage streetcars, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Want to go more natural?

Exercise is health
The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 after four years of construction and had to be approved by The War Department.

Lisbon

Lisbon’s maze of narrow, cobblestone streets are beautiful but not always ideal for getting in long runs. However, the city does have a few scenic and open routes where you can really stretch your legs. The Parque das Nações has a boardwalk along the river that measures just over four miles and offers an ideal morning run among local joggers and dog walkers. Lisbon’s largest forested park, Parque Florestal de Monsanto, features several trails that make for a peaceful and quiet respite from the city.

Playbook alarm To get up those hills, you can take a ride on the oldest working tram system in Europe, which has been running since 1873.

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