Are you one of those daredevil types that just can’t enough white-knuckle adrenaline-rushing adventures? Check out these four extreme experiences from around the world to put on your thrill seekers bucket list. At the same time, you’ll also tingle at the stunning scenery.
1. World’s Steepest Roller Coaster, Japan
A ride on the world’s steepest roller coaster is not for the faint of heart. It’s called the Takabisha and you’ll find it at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. The Takabisha accelerates to 62 mph, has a drop of 141 ft., and a 121-degree free fall. That beats the former world’s record of 113.1-degrees held by the Le Timber in France. The amusement park is located at the base of Mt. Fuji, an active volcano about an hour southwest of Tokyo. It’s Japan’s tallest peak, and you can head there after your roller coaster ride for a summit hike, another extreme adventure.
2. Skydiving, Waialua, Hawaii
Have you ever dreamed you were free-falling through the air high above the clouds? Make that dream come true, with a parachute of course, with a skydive, the biggest thrill of all for the extreme adventurer. Jumping out of an airplane thousands of feet high at around 120 mph is the ultimate rush for the adrenaline junkie. Make the dare worth it by skydiving above Waialua, Hawaii where you will fall to a view of a colorful craggy coastline, awesome volcano sites, and palm-studded valleys. There is so much fun to be had when skydiving, it seriously is the biggest thrill seeking activity. Just make sure to have all your safety equipment with you, and remember to listen to the instructor carefully.
3. Heli-Skiing, Switzerland
Take downhill skiing to another level with heli-skiing, one of the most heart-pumping extreme sports you’ll ever experience. To heli-ski, you step out of a chopper to a snowy wilderness and glide down mountain peaks so high they can’t be reached by ski lift. You’ll find some of the best mountain peaks to descend in the tiny country of Switzerland in the heart of the Alps. Switzerland has easy access to heli-skiing, and the long descents are nothing short of spectacular. Heli-skiing bases can be found in Zermatt, Verbier, Chamonix, and Arolla. Your bravery will earn you a visit to nearby traditional Swiss villages full of charm, delicious food, and wine.
4. Canyoning, Utah, USA
A canyoneer travels through a canyon or gorge with a variety of strenuous moves. Canyoning combines climbing, hiking, rappelling, and swimming, so you’ll need to be in excellent physical condition. You will navigate paths, pools, streams, and waterfalls to descend into the gorge with a variety of technical equipment for safety. For stunning natural beauty, it’s hard to beat canyoning at Zion National Park in Southwestern Utah. The canyon has an area of 229 square miles of adventure and beauty.
Check off items on your thrill-seeking bucket list and experience life to its fullest. Be smart, stay safe, so you can get around to all of them.
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