Get a high diving with crocs, zip-lining at 100 mph, and more.
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Taking a vacation anytime soon? This time around, toss the daiquiris and try something a little—OK, a lot—more thrilling. We scoured the globe to find seven of the biggest, baddest, fastest, most extreme rushes you can live through (though don’t quote us on that), each one guaranteed to kick your adrenal gland into overdrive.
1. BASE jump—no permit needed
LOCATION: PERRINE MEMORIAL BRIDGE, IDAHO PRICE: FROM $399 AIRPORT: BOISE (BOI)
WHY: BASE jumping is skydiving sans airplane (BASE is an acronym for building, antenna, span, and earth), the ground rushing at you from your low-altitude takeoff. It’s for experts only, except at the Perrine Memorial Bridge, nearly 500 feet above the Snake River. A tandem jump offers all of the terror without requiring any of the past experience you’d usually need to BASE jump, and the bridge is a great place to learn how to do it. Strap in and hang on.
LOCATION: CROCOSAURUS COVE, DARWIN, AUSTRALIA PRICE: FROM $120 AIRPORT: DARWIN (DRW)
WHY: Picture this: The only thing between you and a 16-foot saltwater croc, one of the deadliest, meanest, and most vicious prehistoric predators on the planet, is a cylinder of thin acrylic. Welcome to the Cage of Death, which offers a 360-degree view of the 200 massive creatures swimming by, being fed by handlers to encourage movement but eyeing you as a potential meal for a whole 15 minutes. Dive by yourself or with a friend. We strongly recommend the latter.
LOCATION: FERRARI WORLD, ABU DHABI, UAE PRICE: FROM $65 AIRPORT: ABU DHABI (AUH)
WHY: The speed of a Ferrari without the hassle of driving one. The Formula Rossa is the world’s fastest roller coaster, which rockets from zero to 60 mph in two seconds and reaches a peak speed of just under 150 mph in 4.9 seconds, stretching for nearly a mile and a half. The ride’s so intense that it requires goggles like those made for skydiving. A must for thrill-seeking sports car fans and adrenaline junkies.
LOCATION: NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA PRICE:FROM $13,000 AIRPORT: NIZHNY NOVGOROD (GOJ)
WHY:Top Gun, Russian style. The MiG-29 might be a relic from the Cold War, but its famous turbojet engines and ridiculous power-to-mass ratio make it one of the most maneuverable planes on the planet. Fly over Russia at 2½ times the speed of sound while imagining yourself and Comrade Goose in life-and-death air-to-air combat. Supersonic travel for civilians in the U.S. is illegal, so if you want to travel that fast, this is your chance.
LOCATION: ZIP WORLD VELOCITY, PENRHYN QUARRY, BETHESDA, U.K. PRICE: FROM $90 AIRPORT: MANCHESTER (MAN)
WHY: This is your typical backyard zip line, except instead of traveling from your tree fort to the ground, you fly over Wales’ Penrhyn Quarry (once the largest quarry in the world) and the Welsh coastline for nearly a mile at speeds reaching 100 mph. Included are goggles, a safety helmet, and a flying suit that’s wind- and showerproof. If you’re nervous, you can start with the Little Zipper ride, which maxes out at 45 mph. But really, who wants to start slow?
LOCATION: QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND PRICE: FROM $229 AIRPORT: QUEENSTOWN (ZQN)
WHY: Why drive to the raft put-in when you can fly? Hop in a helicopter and shoot up the Shotover River canyon, where you’ll see Class 5 rapids like After Shock, Sharks Fin, Toilet, and Jaws. Then, well aware of the watery adversary you face, jump into a raft and hurtle down the river for an aquatic adrenaline rush. The whole shebang takes about 4½ hours, but it’ll probably feel much faster. Remember to pack a swimsuit.
LOCATION: MACAU, CHINA PRICE: FROM $386 AIRPORT: MACAU (MFM)
WHY: Borderline-insane extreme-sports entrepreneur A.J. Hackett saw the Macau Tower stretching more than 1,000 feet into the sky and thought, “Let’s bungee off that baby.” The New Zealander and his team designed a special cord, cable, and recovery system, found a platform more than 750 feet off the ground, and created the highest bungee jump in the world. (And it’s worth springing for the photos, video, and GoPro footage for an extra $90.)