Unless you live near a body of water, signing up for triathlons, even within your state, will likely involve some kind of travel. But hauling all the gear you need to stash in transition for all three legs can be a big feat, not to mention pricy—so you want to make sure the race you train and travel for is worth the trek.
We found 11 triathlons from coast to coast and around the globe that have such awe-inspiring terrain, you won’t mind even the longest flight (and the annoying logistics like shipping your tri bike). With super-scenic backdrops—swims in crystal-clear Caribbean waters; bike rides through lush, winding hills in the French Alps; runs along Hawaiian lava fields—these races are beyond worthy of your bucket list.
*In honor of National Triathlon Week June 24-30, 2019, head to teamusa.org for discounts on triathlon gear, fuel, and services from big-name brands like ROKA and Retül.