19 Essential Destinations For Thrill Seekers

Your stomach will drop. And it will be awesome.

1. Base Jumping off Kjerag Mountain in Lysefjord, Norway

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At 3,500 feet above the fjord, Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord, making it an adrenaline junky’s dream.

2. Cliff Diving at the La Quebrada Cliffs in Acapulco, Mexico

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At La Quebrada Cliffs, with heights of up to 136 feet over the Pacific, jumping is a precision sport. The timing of a jump is literally the difference between life and death because the waves below swell to a safe depth for only five seconds.

3. The Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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As the world’s fastest roller coster, the Formula Rossa maxes out at 150 miles per hour, living up to the speed standard for this Ferrari-themed park.

4. The Gravity Canyon Flying Fox in Taihape, New Zealand

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Jaap Kramer / Via Flickr: japio

 

This zip line experience is like none other. With more than a half mile line, a rider reaches 100 mph, all while flying 575 feet above a river.

5. The Claw at Dreamworld in Coomera, Queensland, Australia

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This insane ride takes travelers nine stories into the air and swings at 50 mph, all while spinning a full 360 degrees. It’s the most powerful pendulum on the planet and first ride of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

6. The Zorb Rotorua in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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The Zorb Rotorua is known for being the first site of Zorbing. The activity involves rolling downhill inside an orb of made of transparent plastic. Having a “ball inside of another ball” allows the rider to feel weightless, all while bouncing and zooming down a hill.

7. White Water Rafting in Futaleufu, Chile

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Northwest Rafting Company / Via Flickr: nwrafting

 

The roughest stretch of this famed white water rafting route is called “The Throne Room” and the hardest rapid is appropriately named “The Terminator.” The river’s name is derived from a local Tehuelche Indian word meaning “big big river” and it lives up to its namesake in every respect.

8. The Grand Canyon Skywalk in Mohave County, Ariz.

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The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, projects about 70 feet from the canyon rim with 270 degree views, is the most popular attraction at the Grand Canyon.

9. The Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J.

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As the world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka is a must-ride for all thrill-seekers. It is also the world’s second fastest coaster and the second strata coaster ever built.

10. The Top of Tyrol in Innsbruck, Austria

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準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia / Via Flickr: eager

 

Being situated at a stunning height of 10500 feet above sea level, near the mountain station Schaufeljoch, the Top of Tirol has a unique position that offers a breathtaking 360 degree panorama that stretches from the Zillertal and Stubai Alps to the Dolomites and Chalk Alps.

11. Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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With the breeze of tropical air in your face and surrounded by the beautiful mountains and beaches of Rio de Janeiro, you will have the unique sensation of flying like a bird at speeds up to 65 mph.

12. Sky Diving over Mount Everest in Nepal

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Only offered four times a year, this amazing adventure allows you to sky dive over the highest peak in the world.

13. Attempt the Mount Hua Shan ascent in the southern Shaanxi Province in China

 

Wildly regarded as one of the most terrifying hikes in the world, China’s Mount Hua Shan’s trails consist of steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a foot-wide plank trail bolted to the mountainside.

14. Cave diving at the Devil’s Eye Cave in Florida

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Devil’s Eye is a canyon-like opening located where the Devil Spring run joins the Santa Fe River. At the bottom of this opening, water gushes from a cave opening with nearly fire-hydrant-like force.

15. Rock climb in Ogawayama, Japan

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Matthieu LIENART / Via Flickr: 24738080@N00

 

Rock climbing in Ogawayama is an experience like none other, as the rock face offers over a thousand climbing trails.

16. Volcano Boarding in Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

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Cerro Negro is an active volcano just outside of Leon, Nicaragua. After about a forty-five minute hike to the peak, riders strap themselves in and down the volcanic hill they go!

17. The Sky Walk at the Shanghai World Financial Center in China

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leniners / Via Flickr: leniners

 

The Sky Walk on F100 is a 180 foot corridor. While wandering on the floor made of transparent glass, you can see the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower just in front and feel as if you are walking in the air.

18. Heliskiing in British Columbia, Canada

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Heliskiing offers a new definition to downhill skiing, allowing adrenaline junkies access to higher parts of mountains that are only reachable by helicopter.

19. Bungee Jumping at the AJ Hackett Macau Tower in China

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The AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungee Jump is 764 ft hight, making this location the Guinness World Record holder for the Highest Commercial Bungee Jump in the world.

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