If you’re looking for a good (great!) excuse for a vacation, sign up for a marathon.
These days, there are 26.2-mile races in pretty much every city in the country—and beyond. To help you narrow down the options, we selected these three postcard-perfect marathons worth signing up for.
Once you register, check out 6 things you need to know about destination marathons.
This race is on par with Chicago and NYC for vibrancy and diversity. (You’ll hear several languages being spoken at the start.) And, yes, it does pass right by the Eiffel Tower.
2. Big Sur
The Big Sur run is full of ups and downs, but the sweeping views of the California coast—and the killer wine at the finish line—will motivate you all the way to the end in Carmel.
3. Twin Cities
This Minneapolis race has all the trappings of an urban marathon—rabid crowds and wildly different neighborhoods—but with an outdoorsy feel as it circumnavigates the city’s lakes.
Original: The Best Marathons to Run in the World