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10 Great places to zipline

Corie Russell is a Midwest-born writer living in New York City. After dabbling in the office life as an editor, she joined the ranks of full-time freelancers and writes about everything from home decor to the recession.

Ziplining for all!

Few things beat soaring through the air on a cable over rich forests, bubbling rivers and native wildlife. With your adrenaline pumping as you glide above breathtaking landscapes, you'll hardly worry about how far you are from the ground.


5. TreeTops Canopy, West Virginia

Experience an adventure and simultaneously help a great cause. TreeTops Canopy Tour in southern West Virginia is a sustainable, premiere canopy tour where guests not only get to enjoy an incredible three-plus-hour tour, but also help fight a devastating disease affecting Eastern Hemlock trees. For every admission fee, $1 goes into a fund that Adventure West Virginia Resort matches to help clear the disease, says Dave Arnold, managing partner of Class VI Mountain River / Adventure West Virginia Resort, which owns TreeTops.

The mile-long canopy tour is the first world-class guided canopy tour in West Virginia. Located at the Adventure West Virginia Resort adventure center, TreeTops is near the scenic New River Gorge. Guests can take advantage of packages that allow them to stay on the property and schedule other outdoor recreation activities such as whitewater rafting, rappelling, mountain climbing and hiking.

The canopy tour is set on land that is home to white-tail deer and black bear, as well as many other species of animals and natural flora.

October is traditionally the best month, with fall colors peaking mid-month, according to the website.

Photo credit: PaulBuFlying01r -- Guests on TreeTops Canopy tour cross the pristine Mill Creek several times, either along a zipline as this guest is doing or by crossing on a skybridge.

4. Rainforest Canopy and zipline, Alaska

Even seasoned travelers like Bill and Debbi Kickham were impressed with their ziplining experience in Alaska. The couple, who are contributing travel editors at JustLuxe.com, ziplined in the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska, on the rainforest canopy and zipline expedition.

Debbi and Bill did 10 separate ziplines among platforms attached atop majestic trees in the Tongass. The tour offers views of Bullion Creek, as well as a chance to discover the hidden ruins of the historic Treadwell Mine, once one of the world's largest gold mines.

"I was actually a little scared, and when I did the first couple of them, I didn't dare look down," Debbi says. "But you are strapped in with two sets of harnesses, so there is really nothing to be scared of. We didn't see any wildlife, but being in the heart of all that nature was an incredible gift. This was one of the most memorable excursions ever."

3. Ziptrek Ecotours, British Columbia

Experience an eco-tour/zipping adventure at ZipTrek in Whistler, BC. Guides will educate you on the valley of ancient rainforest that divides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The zipline is also conveniently located just minutes above Whistler Village.

ZipTrek is one of the highest and longest ziplines around, according to the website, with zips up to 2,000 feet long and 200 feet above the forest floor that reach speeds of 80 kilometers per hour.

With 10 ziplines total, ZipTrek has two tours from which to choose.

2. Florida EcoSafaris, St. cloud, florida

Escape off the beaten path of Orlando theme parks to experience a tranquil ziplining experience at Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida in St. Cloud, FL.

This 2.5-hour zipline tour elevates you 55 feet above the ground over natural streams, wetlands and an ancient cypress forest. The adventure begins with a hike along a scenic section of the Florida Trail, one of only eight national scenic trails in the US.

"The Zipline Safari gives you the thrill of flying through the trees at 25 miles per hour, but it's also a really unique way to experience Florida's wilderness," says Matt Duda, director of sales and marketing at Florida EcoSafaris. "You get a completely different perspective on the ecosystems when you view them from 55 feet up in the treetops."

Zipliners fly through the Pine Flatwoods and over wetlands, home to native Florida wildlife including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida panther.

1. YMCA of the Rockies

Mountain lovers can view the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Rockies, a riparian zone (wetlands) and Wind River below during the zipline adventure at YMCA of the Rockies.

The course, located in Estes Park, Colorado, and bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, is also surrounded by many beautiful ponderosa pine trees. There is always the chance of seeing elk, deer, fox and other Rocky Mountain animals while on the zipline.

The zipline is a platform start 20 feet in the air. Guests can reach a maximum height of 35 feet and zip at 30 mph over 800 feet across the beautiful Wind River Valley. The zip is available for adults and children older than 12.

 

 

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