15 Unbelievable Natural Places Runners Must Visit in Their Lifetime
Don't listen to what they say. Go see!
From the first view of Terceira Island in the Azores you are carried away by an intensity that's rare for a travel destination because most men – or any other traveler – have heard of this wondrous place. Terceira is an island in the Azores archipelago that's booming these days with lots of tourists.
However, that was not the case just a few years ago because - the "violet" island located in the middle of the North Atlantic – was not on the radar of many tourists and especially runners looking for a cool place for a vacation.
In addition to Terceira Island, there are 14 other unique travel destinations that any runner would enjoy visiting because these special spots have fantastic beauty, unbelievable natural scenery, lots of great beaches and forests, and have been more or less secret to the general public.
Thus, Terceira is (#1) of 15 total places that are super places to run.
Guaranteed Great Places for a Running Holiday
When it comes to running and vacations, most male runners will tell you they like to see lots of new scenery while also being able to relax while jogging along an unfamiliar course.
There are very few places in the state of California on America's west coast that have not been explored or settled. However, some runners are venturing out to a very remote town called Ballarat.
The Ghost Town of Ballarat (#2)
Located off of Highway 178, it's named for the Australian town with the same name because the largest gold nugget in recorded history was discovered there weighing 143 pounds.
The Town of Cook(#3)
As for running in Australia itself, there are few places in the world as remote as the town of Cook in South Australia. In fact, there are certain "dudes" or male adventurers who frequently talk about the famed Nullarbor Plain near Cook where both running by foot and racing motor bikes is hugely popular.
Running in the Hills
It is known that famed male runners in England would train in the rugged hills of Wales where mostly sheep graze on physically stunning landscapes.
The Wales Hills (#4)
Try running in the Wales hills where runners say they feel liberated and courageous.
In fact, Wales is legend when it comes to cross country running because of the famed "Chariots of Fire" 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics who honed their running skills in the hills of Wales.
The Easter Island (#5)
While most people have heard of Easter Island and its massive rock sculptures called Moai, there are very few people who make the long 2,000 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean from the Chilean coast.
The Hills of La Rinconada(#6)
Another one of those places that nobody has ever heard is in the hills of La Rinconada, Peru. Visitors say La Rinconada is a real kick because you can be running down a trail and spot something bright and golden up head.
The McMurdo Station (#7)
There are more than 1,300 scientists who work enjoying running during the warm summer months at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Tourists say there's plenty of great trails to run while spotting whales and polar bears.
Other Top Running and Remote Destinations Include:
Cape York Peninsula(#8)
This region features a huge expanse of untouched wilderness located at the northern tip of Australia where many runners claim to really feel the presence of the Creator because it is where the country's aboriginal tribes call home.
This small fishing village located on the world's largest island, Greenland features lots of polar bears and whales to view while running during the warmer summer months. Runners enjoy this area because of the complete isolation and vastness of the tundra.
This small island off the coast of Madagascar in Africa features a great climate because of its southern Indian Ocean locale. Runners like the vast hard sand beaches for running fun.
Pitcairn Island, South Pacific (#11)
The running clubs that frequent this tiny speck of land located dead centre of the southern Pacific Ocean are few in number because the island only has a standing population of about 50 people.
Thus, those who like to run along the idyllic beaches here may recall that the HMS Bounty stopped here in 1789 leaving both descendants from its crew but also regular running fans who have also discovered the beaches are firm and wonderful to run on.
The small village of Alert, Canada – that's located on the Arctic Ocean only 500 miles from the North Pole – is hardly a popular place to have a good run. However, with more and more tourists – who want to visit the top of the Earth – this village is busy with holiday makers during the warm summer months when the 24 hours of sunlight get people moving and running.
This region is considered to be the last area in China without a road leading to it. However, the people in Motuo are enjoying more tourists from the nearby Himalayas who enjoy either walking or running across the region's popular 200-meter-long suspension bridge.
Tristan da Cunha (#14)
This group of islands is considered to be the most remote inhabited place on Earth. However, the islands have a small population of about 300 people who welcome tourists who like to get out on the island's rocky geography and hike or run along its many remote and beautiful beaches.
Bend, Oregon (#15)
While Bend is a growing community in central Oregon, US, many people do not realize that Bend is a runner's delight when it comes to treks in and around the group of mountains called "Sisters" that is now attracting runners to hit the trail where Oregon wilderness meets the mountains.
The lure of the remote has always tempted man throughout history. Today, thanks to modern air travel, the world is your oyster when it comes to venturing out and discovering that remote and almost unknown or unheard of place where you can simply have a good run and feel close to the Earth.
Overall, there are many great once unknown places for runners to visit; with the question: "Are you ready and eager to run in places that are energetic and spirited? Make it so!