The Best Running Route in Seattle
Space Needle1 of 13
You will start this run at the Space Needle, which is an easy walk from most downtown hotels.
EMP Museum2 of 13
The EMP Museum is next door, which is worth the quick peek at the Frank Gehry design, which is supposed to resemble an exploding electric guitar. This is a favorite museum for many people and is definitely worth a stop during your trip.
Pike Place Market3 of 13
Heading south from there, it is about a one-mile jog to Pike Place Market, where you can watch the fishermen toss the day's catch to waiting customers. The first-ever Starbucks is here, as well—and we won't judge you for making a quick stop for a cup of joe.
Gum Wall4 of 13
You'll pass the famous Gum Wall next en route to the Seattle Art Museum.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park5 of 13
At mile 2, you'll pass the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, commemorating the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s. With restored historic buildings and opportunities to learn more about Seattle's role in the Gold Rush, be sure to put this on your list of to-dos before leaving Seattle.
CenturyLink Field6 of 13
Next up, you'll loop around CenturyLink Field, which is where the Seahawks and Sounders play.
Seattle Great Wheel7 of 13
The second half of the run is all along the waterfront. You'll pass the Seattle Great Wheel and the Aquarium, which are both worth coming back to after breakfast. Or you could even take a breather on the Ferris wheel!
Seattle Aquarium8 of 13
You'll pass the Seattle Aquarium at Pier 59; opened in 1977, it is the ninth largest aquarium in the country based on attendance. The Elliott Bay location makes it one of only a few waterfront aquariums in the world.
Olympic Sculpture Park9 of 13
Now you're in the home stretch. Five miles in you will see Olympic Sculpture Park, which is basically a beach museum full of awesome sculpture. Image Credit: Wikimedia.
Pier 7010 of 13
And for children of the '90s, the Real World Seattle house is nearby at Pier 70. Here, you can relive "The Slap Heard Round the World."
Elliott Bay Trail11 of 13
The final section along the route is Elliott Bay Trail, which is a beautiful multi-use path along the water. If you want to cut the route shorter, you could take a right on Broad Street just before the sculpture park and be right back at the Needle; otherwise, you'll want to think about an Uber if you've run out of steam by the end of the trail.
Run Seattle12 of 13
Check out the full Seattle run route on MapMyRun.