America's Best Urban Running Trails
Silver Strand, San Diego
San Diego’s longest continuous trail, the 15-mile (round-trip) Silver Strand is also one of the most beautiful coastal running routes in Southern California. The entire track runs parallel to the beach along San Diego Bay, from Coronado, the vibrant beach community that sits just across the bay from downtown San Diego, south to Imperial Beach. Start at the classic Hotel del Coronado, which looks like a multitiered wedding cake, and head south along Glorietta Boulevard to skirt the bay (and gaze over the stately naval ships docked there). If you need a breather along the way, Glorietta Bay Park and Silver Strand State Beach are two great places to pause and gaze over the city skyline. Looking down at the sand is equally enjoyable; you’ll spot zillions of tiny, sparkly, iridescent seashells that gave this trail its name.