Are you feeling the itch for an adrenaline rush? Whether you're living in, or just visiting, Hawaii, California, New Hampshire, Alaska or just about any other state here in the U.S., odds are there will a zipline or canopy tour within easy driving distance. Some zipline adventures are linked with other activities, such as a hike or a tubing trip, although plenty are simply stand-alone outings designed to get your heart pumping. Many of these zipline adventures can even be done year round depending on the equipment used and the destination.
Extreme Zip-line: Utah Olympic Park
Even if you've already been on ziplines elsewhere in the world before, the Extreme Zipline at the Utah Olympic Park, located just outside Park City and less than 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, Utah, will give you a thrill. The steep route takes you right down and over the K-120 ski jump hill that was used as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph in the process. This is as close as most of us will ever come to experiencing an Olympic ski jump, and it is as wild and scary as you've always imagined.
Alpine Adventures ziplines and treetop canopy tours give visitors a unique look at northern New Hampshire from above. Thrill-seekers have their choice of either racing alongside one another down two very fast and very steep parallel lines or taking part in the Tree Top Canopy Tour, which offers six different ziplines to ride through the trees. The truly brave can even sign up for the Super Skyrider Tour, which offers nine lines and six suspension bridges to cross throughout the adventure.
Flying along the seven ziplines that this tour has to offer takes travelers over lush mountainsides and streams. It is a novel way to explore Kauai – Hawaii's Garden Isle – in all of the natural splendor. But, perhaps most intriguing, is the option to zip past a hidden backcountry waterfall that few outsiders ever get a chance to see. This tour takes travelers into the heart of the island for a one of a kind experience. And when you've wrapped up your adrenaline-inducing fun, why not take a leisurely float along a beautiful river that wanders passed a historic plantation and through an enchanting cave system.
Whatever you do, don't look down, as you zip across some of the 20 lines split between the classic and extreme courses at the Royal Gorge. Located an easy drive from Colorado Springs, this is a biplane course that isn't for those how harbor a fear of heights. The Royal Gorge Zipline Tours has lines spanning more than three miles of terrain, some of which are amongst the fastest in the entire country. Choose between the Classic Course, which features 9 lines and speeds of up to 45 mph, or the Extreme option that sends travelers screaming down 11 lines at over 55 mph.
The ZipRider cable ride at Icy Strait, Alaska is the largest in the world. It boasts a length of 5330 feet, along with a 1,300 foot vertical drop that is sure to get your heart pounding. Six people head downhill side by side at the same time, passing through woods and over open ground, and ensuring spectacular views of Port Frederic and Icy Strait below. This locale caters to cruise ships, so if you’re taking an Alaskan cruise that stops here, be sure to book early.
Soar like an eagle 100 to 200 feet above Colorado's Alkali Canyon and the rushing river below on six different ziplines. Those lines range in length from 250 feet to 1000 feet, but each has its own unique characteristics and feel. And for the truly fearless, Zip Adventures offers the Canyon Plunge, a 65-foot drop straight down at a speed of over 20 mph.
With ten ziplines to ride and five sky bridges to walk, the Hocking Hills Original Canopy Tour is one of the largest options for adrenaline junkies in the Midwest. But, those looking for even more excitement should step up to the "X" Tour, which boasts 11 individual lines that are faster and more wild than the standard route. But it is the SuperZip that is the company's signature experience, sending riders face-first down a long and fast line while achieving speeds in excess of 50 mph. It is definitely not for the faint of heart!
Get ready for an incredible rush when you take on the ZipTour at Stowe mountain in Vermont. This zipline begins near the top of Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in the state. It then descends for more than 4460 feet, reaching speeds in excess of 60 mph along the way. If that sounds like its too much to handle, there are some shorter routes to try instead, but this is one fast and furious ride that zipline aficionados won't want to miss.
It's tough to beat the scenery found at the Climb Works Zipline and Canopy Tours in Tennessee. This adventure park is found just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which serves as a dramatic backdrop while you hurl along a few dozen feet in the air. Here, you'll find options for the whole family, including a side-by-side tour with panoramic views and a route that won't allow your feet to touch the ground for over two and a half hours.
Vistors to the Zipline Adventure at Hunter Mountain in upstate New York have two options to choose from when it comes to zipping: fast and faster. The mid-mountain adventure tour includes six ziplines, several rope bridges and nine different treetop platforms. But for the full experience, give the Summit SkyRider Tour a go. This is the second longest zipline in the world, with a height of over 600 feet off the ground and speeds of over 50 mph. The entire trek covers 4.6 miles of zipling from beginning to end, making this a marathon session for sure.
This is just a taste of the many zipline options that are available throughout the U.S. As the activity has grown in popularity, more and more zipline tours have popped up, even in some unexpected places. If you want to try this fun and exhilarating activity on your next vacation, search the Internet for options near where you'll be traveling. Chances are, you'll find at least one nearby.