10 Ziplines to Make Tarzan Proud

3,2,1 GO! Defy gravity as you zip and soar through treetop paradises around the world. Think Tarzan with the added adrenalin rush of reaching speeds of over 50 miles per hour. Want to really get into the thick of things and become one with nature? Take an elevated approach to sightseeing. And as George of the Jungle would say, "Watch out for that tree!" Rick Rowland/Flickr
3,2,1 GO! Defy gravity as you zip and soar through treetop paradises around the world. Think Tarzan with the added adrenalin rush of reaching speeds of over 50 miles per hour. Want to really get into the thick of things and become one with nature? Take an elevated approach to sightseeing. And as George of the Jungle would say, "Watch out for that tree!"
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A guest zips past the Lofthaven at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours outside Austin, Texas. Photo by Erich Schlegel / Cypress Valley Canopy Tours Erich Schlegel
Spend your day (and night) in the trees at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, located just outside Austin, Texas. The 90-minute tour includes five zip-lines and two sky bridges, each feature weaving through Cypress groves that reach heights of over 100 feet off the valley floor. On-site, two tree-house lodging options—the Nest and Lofthaven II—fulfill every inner childhood dream of spending the night with a leafy green horizon.

For more: www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com; tel. 512-264-8880 
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No trip to Costa Rica is complete without a Canopy Tour or zip-lining. About 120 feet above the ground, this is an experience that cannot be forgotten. Photo by <a href="http://www.frommers.com/community/user_gallery_detail.html?plckPhotoID=820cd2e3-ab38-42f6-a081-a68fa70109e4&plckGalleryID=00721132-96aa-48e6-b047-a7fcf8efb92e" target="_blank">SRtraveler/Frommers.com Community</a>. Frommers.com Community
No trip to Costa Rica is complete without a Canopy Tour or zip-lining. Sky Adventures—one of many similar quality outfits—offers up its services in two locations, Monteverde and Arenal. Glide through the rainforest’s dense canopy with wildlife abound, as well as over the lava flow of active Arenal Volcano.

For more: www.skyadventures.travel; tel. +506-2479-4100
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Zipline at Haleakala, Maui. Photo: Skyline Eco Adventures Courtesy Skyline Eco Adventures
Haleakala, Maui hosts the island’s original zip-lining experience. The course, consisting of 5 different lines, takes about 2 hours to complete. See Hawaii’s raw natural beauty from a bird’s eye view while whizzing through eucalyptus forests and over 90 foot drops.

For more: www.zipline.com; tel. 888-864-6947
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Flight of the Gibbon zipline tour, outside Mae Kompong village near Chiang Mai. Photo by: Tree Top Asia Co, Ltd. Courtesy Tree Top Asia Co, Ltd.

Located outside Mae Kompong village near Chiang Mai, the Flight of the Gibbon Zip-line Tour is considered the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The company boasts of having the longest line in the entire continent, a single track about half a mile long. 33 different platforms and over eight kilometers of zip-lining allow adventure goers to experience the Thai rainforest from new heights.

For more: www.treetopasia.com; tel. +66-53-010-660 or 053-010-660

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Gravity Canyon, above the Rangitikei River. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/68583087@N00/5115864487/" target="_blank">daniel_g/Flickr.com</a>. daniel_g

Known as the “Flying Fox,” this high-speed zip-line provides a uniquely exhilarating experience for those who dare to strap in. Soaring at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, this ride of a lifetime covers 1.1 kilometers, including a stretch 175 feet above the Rangitikei River.  

For more: www.gravitycanyon.co.nz; +64-6-388-9109 or 06-388-9109
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Top of mountain looking over Whistler Village and the 2010 Olympic Symbol, The Inukshuk. Photo by <a href="http://www.frommers.com/community/user_gallery_detail.html?plckPhotoID=2905a715-b284-4219-a938-38f68c21dade&plckGalleryID=c0482941-0d2d-4cca-b8c4-809ee9e20c72" target="_blank">Cheryl Lenheiser/Frommers.com Community</a>. Frommers.com Community

Fly over British Columbia’s lush forest, valleys, and rivers at Whistler, one of Canada’s top destinations. Perhaps there won’t be lions or tigers, but bears, oh my! Stunning aerial vistas abound, get this sweeping view of the Fitzsimmons wilderness with the occasional 20-story drop to keep the heart pounding.

For more: www.ziptrek.com/whistler-canada; tel. 604-935-0001 

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Flying through the air uninhibited with one cruise ship docked off shore at Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Icy Strait Point. Courtesy of Icy Strait Point

The ride begins at 1,300 feet above sea level, where only adventure in its purest form awaits. Strapped in alongside 5 other adrenaline seekers, zip-liners enjoy panoramic views of Port Fredrick and Icy Strait as they whizz through the air at a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour.

For more: www.icystraitpoint.com/General/Zipline

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King Street in Boone, North Carolina. Photo by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Boone_NC_-_King_Street.jpg" target="_blank">Jonesey/Wikimedia Commons</a>. Jonesey/Wikimedia Commons

Boone, NC is the heart of prime East Coast zippin’ country. Just outside of town, Sky Valley Ziptours’ three hour course includes 10 zip-lines, a swinging bridge, and even the opportunity for cliff jumping. Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains with flora and fauna galore, this awe-striking ride is not to be missed.

For more: www.skyvalleyziptours.com; tel. 1-855-4-SKY-ZIP 

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Falls view from Lower Circuit Trail at Igauzu National Park, a UNESCO site. Photo by <a href="http://www.frommers.com/community/user_gallery_detail.html?plckPhotoID=2a354c45-b675-4667-ae52-52156f9cfe8d&plckGalleryID=c0482941-0d2d-4cca-b8c4-809ee9e20c72" target="_blank">overthehill/Frommers.com Community</a>. Frommers.com Community

Deep in the heart of Argentina’s Iguazu National Park, Canopy tours soar over the dense jungle, even whizzing past the alluring Iguazu Waterfall. For extreme adventure seekers, there is an additional repelling excursion offered directly down the waterfall’s face. 

For more: www.iguazuforest.com; tel. +54-03757-421140

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Ziplining on the Flying Fox in Neemrana, India. Photo by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Neemranazipping.jpg" target="_blank">Zooz gunner/Wikimedia Commons</a>. Zooz gunner/Wikimedia Commons

India’s first zip-lining company, Flying Fox champions the art of aerial journeys. Their four locations include Jodhpur, Punjab, Neemrana, and Rishikesh. A 20 minute hike is generally required to reach the launch towers as part of these two hour adventures.

For more: www.flyingfox.asia; tel. 098109-99390 or 011-6648-7678

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