6 Amazing Waterslides Worth a Summer Road Trip

Slide Rock in Sedona, Arizona
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The best way to beat the summer heat is to cool off with a splash, and nothing quite delivers like a great waterslide. The obvious option is to head to a fabulous water park, or else you can find something more special and under the radar. Across the country, these are summer's standout slides, from natural rock slides to a man-made water jump that's sure to wow your kids.

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    Royal Flush: Waco, TX

    Royal Flush Water Slide and Jump in Waco, Texas
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    Are your thrill-seeking kids always looking for the next insane waterslide? How about trying a waterslide that's also a water jump?Open since the spring of 2015, the Royal Flush is a triple water slide and jump in Waco, Texas, that has become a YouTube sensation.

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    Slide Rock: Sedona, AZ

    Slide Rock in Sedona, Arizona
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    You'll find America's most famous natural waterslide in the eponymous Slide Rock State Park just north of gorgeous Sedona. Cool off by frolicking down a stretch of slippery red rock that cascades into a series of swimming holes.

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    Sliding Rock: Brevard, NC

    Sliding Rock Waterslide in North Carolina
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    For a refreshing ride down this 60-foot natural rock waterslide, head to Looking Glass Creek in western North Carolina's Pisgah Forest. You'll be swept along with the rush of the creek and land in an eight-foot-deep pool of water. Expect long lines on a hot summer weekend.

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    Meadow Run: Ohiopyle, PA

    Meadow Run Waterslide in Ohiopyle State Park
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    In Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park, not far from Frank Lloyd Wright's masterful Fallingwater, the must-stop on a hot summer's day is Meadow Run Natural Waterslide, a long, fast chute that curls and drops before depositing you in the Youghiogheny River. 

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    Bridal Veil Falls: Tallulah Falls, GA

    Bridal Veil Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park
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    In northeastern Georgia's Tallulah Gorge State Park, the sprawling falls at the end of the gorge delivers a steady drop down a 30-foot turtleback rock face that finishes with a 17-foot drop into a crystalline pool. 

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    Turkey Creek Nature Preserve: Pinson, AL

    Natural Waterslide at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
    Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

    Less than a half hour's drive northeast from Birmingham, leafy Turkey Creek Nature Preserve offers miles of hiking trails and a crystalline spring that feeds a super-fun natural waterslide. On a hot summer's day, expect to find many local families cooling off here.

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