Zip lines not only deliver a one-of-a-kind adrenaline rush, they give you a truly incredible view of the surroundings below and around you. Whether you're in South Africa, the Philippines or San Diego, you're sure to get some of the most incredible views and a big dose of excitement. Take that, boring office job!
If you find yourself in the beautiful city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, make a stop at the Sabang X zip line on your way home from the underground river. This zip line is more than 800 meters long and soars 150 feet above the aqua-blue water of Palawan. Not only is the zip line a bit extreme, the walk to get there is, too. You hike through the forest and up a mountain to get to the starting point. The mangroves, pristine water and mountains make for an incredible view as you're flying down.
Where else can you soar through the air and see endangered species like rhinos? The San Diego Zoo opened the Flightline Safari ($70) so guests can see the zoo from an entirely new angle: from the air! The 470-foot zip line takes you 60 feet up in the air and zips you past trees and over some of your favorite animal exhibits. The helmet comes equipped with a camera so you can show off your adventure on social media after you're done.
If you're an avid zip-liner or adventure seeker, not just any rope will do. So forget the smaller courses and pack your bags for Zip 2000 in Sun City, South Africa, and take a ride on the world's longest zip-line course. The 6,500-foot run is also one of the fastest, at close to 95 miles per hour. Not only is this the longest, it's also one of the coolest. Instead of gliding down in a sitting position, you hang Superman-style, giving you an unparalleled view of the mountains and wildlife below. A ride here is $41.
Most zip lines advertise gorgeous views, but the Simatai zip line in China offers one step above that: a stunning view of one of the wonders in the world. For this zip line, you start at the Simatai section of Great Wall of China. On your way down from the wall, you get breathtaking aerial views of the mountains and the Mandarin Duck Lake.
If you think cruises are a bit too boring for your taste, you haven't seen the Allure of the Seas ship from Royal Caribbean. Because this ship is one of the largest in the fleet, there's plenty of room on board for a zip line. The Allure of the Seas line runs you over the entire length of the ship, giving you an amazing view of what's happening on each of the nine decks. Plus, on either side you get a stunning view of the ocean.
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