The Top 5 2017 Tough Mudder Destinations

By Jade de la Rosa | December 26, 2016

 

Tough Mudders are held in a slew of locations around the globe, so why not take a trip and participate in a destination Tough Mudder? Listed below are five awesome places to enjoy before and after your Tough Mudder.

1.  Seattle, September 16 & 17, 2017

You might think of Seattle as a grey, rainy city–but not at the end of summer. Tough Mudder Seattle will be held during a time when locals love the city, and rightly so. Warm summer days and cool nights make for perfect hiking, both in and out of the city. Check out the nearby Washington Park Arboretum to see neon-yellow and fire-red maple leaves cover the trails, then head to Pike Place Market to watch fishmongers toss wild-caught salmon in front of your face. Stock up clam chowder and fresh vegetables at one of the many cafes within the market, then head to the first-ever Starbucks across the street or enjoy dinner at the very top of the 605-foot high Space Needle.  
 
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2. Nashville, September 16 & 17, 2017

Can't make it the West Coast? Then get ready for  Tough Mudder Honky Tonks. After you’ve pounded over obstacles and slogged through all that Tennessee mud, Nashville will be waiting to give you a hefty dose of eats and adventure. Try a quick trip to the original Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Or go whole-hog at the whole-hog gems Martin’s or Jack’s. Like their names, these joints keep their bar-b-que deliciously simple. Then, tune up your ears because The Country Music Hall of Fame is a must for any trip to The Music City. Or check out The Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry, which host live shows from some of the biggest acts that come to pay homage to Nashville. Or do all three, trust us, the music-scene can’t be beat.

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3. Norcal, October 14 & 15, 2017

Sonoma might be the capital of Wine Country, California, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be getting downright muddy at Tough Mudder NorCal. Expect mud, mud, and more mud. The upside? You’re in wine country and only one hour from the vibrant, foodie city of San Francisco. Sample creamy cheeses at Achadinha Cheese Company and fresh loaves of sourdough bread at Acme Bread, or give your immune system a boost with Farmhouse Culture’s sauerkraut. Still hungry? For a fun twist, try Delica, a Japanese-style deli. Once you’ve been fed and beat your post-event hanger, get your adrenaline pumping by hang gliding or paragliding with Sonoma Wings over the wineries or try your hand at kayaking the Russian River with SUP Odyssey. For a spectacular view, hike to the top of Grizzly Peak or meander along Lands End.

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4. Las Vegas, October 28 & 29, 2017

Tough Mudder Sin City might be a bit on the dusty side, but the course is long and the rocks are rough. Which is why you should fill your your jaunt to the City of Lights with a little R&R, or at least, some Mudder-worthy sushi at Yama Sushi,a local favorite, SUSHISAMBA, an innovative sushi-Brazilian-Peruvian fusion restaurant, or Sushi Roku, a joint known for their gluten-free roll options. But don’t get so caught up in the food, that you forget that its Las Vegas, where if you can’t find an adventure or three, you’re just not doing it right. Why not take a ride with Wild West Horseback Adventure? Or really get up there with Adventure Helicopter Tours Las Vegas? If you’re looking for something a little more on the romantic side of things, Gondola Adventures will provide you a dusk and dinner experience on Lake Las Vegas.

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5. Houston, November 11 & 12, 2017

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that only means one thing: Tough Mudder Houston is as big and bad as they come. Thanks to Creekside Edge ATV Park where you’ll be running up to 12 miles through what it typically ATV terrain, you can expect some serious mud, challenging trails, and lots of quad-crushing hills. Once you get to the finish line, though, it’s time to enjoy post-race festivities in downtown Houston. Texas is known for its BBQ, so you should probably re-fuel at Gatlin’s BBQ, two-time winner of the Houston Press BBQ Award. Then, experience the adrenaline-rush of an unpowered flight while sailing over Houston at the Greater Houston Soaring Association. Or check out Wake Nation Houston, where wakeboarders are pulled around a 12-acre lake by an overhead cable system. Looking for something more subdued? Rent a car or take a shuttle to Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest commercial caverns in Texas.

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