Route: Central Park Loop
Distance: 6.1 miles
While it seems like just about every New Yorker in a suit is running to get somewhere, you should see what happens before the work day begins. The best place to get inspired by the city's running movement — partially fueled by the New York City Marathon — is Central Park. The main loop, which just became permanently car-free north of 72nd Street, takes you behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along 5th Avenue, up Harlem Hill with an average 4.4-percent grade, and around The Lake, with the skyline peeking out over the tops of trees. You'll share the road with cyclists, horse-drawn carriages, and fellow runners, whose every stride appears to characterize the town's energy.