Do you have a compulsive desire for excitement? Thrive on adventure? Is your heart racing and your stomach dropping the best feeling in the world? Do you need a constant thrill to keep yourself feeling fulfilled? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then it’s quite possible that you’re a true adrenaline junkie! So, since you’re always looking for the next rush, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best places for adrenaline junkies like you to visit on your next vacation. All of these places offer something totally unique to keep thrill seekers feeling totally satisfied. Check out these places, get your thrill and maybe you’ll end up relocating just to make sure you don’t miss the next big thing!
1. Mohave County, Arizona. You may have seen the Grand Canyon, but have you been on the Grand Canyon Skywalk? Mohave County is home to this famous skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, that protrudes about 70 feet from the canyon rim and offers 270-degree views. Not surprisingly, it’s the most popular attraction at the Grand Canyon.
2. Jackson, New Jersey. Jackson is where you’ll find Six Flags Great Adventure Park, which houses the Kingda Ka. The Kingda Ka is the world’s tallest roller coaster and the world’s second fastest roller coaster. If you haven’t tried it, you can’t really consider yourself a thrill seeker. What are you waiting for?
3. North Central, Florida. While in North Central, Florida, thrill seekers can cave dive at the Devil’s Eye Cave. The Devil’s Eye Cave is a canyon-like opening that’s located where the Devil Spring run joins the Santa Fe River. At the bottom of this opening, there is a gigantic gush of water that erupts with full force. Daring cave divers have said there’s absolutely nothing like it in the world.
4. Sandusky, Ohio. Sandusky, a city in northern Ohio, is home to Cedar Point Amusement Park. Cedar Point is known as “America’s Roller Coast,” as it features 72 rides, 16 of them being roller coasters. It’s no wonder this amusement park has been named the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for the past 15 years. On top of all that, Cedar Point is the only amusement park in the world to offer four roller coasters that are taller than 200 feet. The park’s standout coaster, Top Thrill Dragster, is made for adrenaline junkies everywhere. Top Thrill Dragster shoots out riders at 120 miles per hour and goes straight up a 420-foot hill before falling straight down again. As if that’s not enough, there have been a few instances where the coaster has gotten stuck at the top of the hill. Talk about a rush!
5. Las Vegas, Nevada. As the saying goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But once you experience the Stratosphere Skyjump from the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, you won’t be able to keep it a secret. This supported free fall drops you 108 stories (or 829 feet) from the world’s tallest observation tower. The fear factor on this one is through the roof. Literally.
6. Toronto, Canada. Have you ever dangled from the edge of a tower? If not, you can get your adrenaline pumping like never before when you visit the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada. This 1,997-foot tall communications tower features the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free observation experience. Dare devils who want a real rush are attached to a harness via an overhead rail, which is the only thing stopping them from falling onto the street below. The adrenaline junkies who try this one are literally living life on the edge.
7. Springer Mountain, Georgia. If you’ve got roughly three to seven months to spare, adrenaline junkies absolutely love hiking the Appalachian Trail. One of the world’s most famous treks, this 2,184-mile trail passes through 14 states — all the way from Georgia to Maine — and goes through a wide variety of terrains, including valleys, hills, streams and woodlands. More rugged hikers can do the Appalachian Trail in three months, but most hikers take about seven months to complete it. No matter how long it takes you to do it, you’ll end up at Maine’s Mount Katahdin, which is an adrenaline rush in itself.
8. Oahu, Hawaii. If surfing is your scene, Oahu Island in Hawaii is the best place to go to get your adrenaline fix. The North Shore on Oahu offers some of the biggest waves on Earth. Even experienced surfers absolutely love this thrill and say that the waves in Oahu are some of the most challenging in the world. If you end up in Oahu, be sure to check out surfing spots in Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and Ehukai Beach (aka the Banzai Pipeline).
9. Anchorage, Alaska. If you’re one of those thrill seekers who love the cold weather, then dogsledding the Iditarod Trail is for you. The Iditarod Trail is one of the world’s most grueling competitions. This 1,149-mile trek weaves through jagged peaks and miles of frozen tundra. Competitors encounter snow blizzards and sub-zero temperatures as they race from Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska with a pack of 12 to 16 dogs in less than two weeks.
10. Vienna, Virginia. If floating around in space is on your bucket list but you aren’t quite an astronaut yet, Space Adventures in Vienna, Virginia can help you get that same weightless feeling. At Space Adventures, you’ll climb onboard a specially-modified Boeing 727. Once you’re in the air, the plane dips and arcs its way to a weightless environment. So float away, daredevils and adrenaline junkies everywhere!
If you’re a true adrenaline junkie, living in any of these places will keep your heart racing, your stomach dropping and your sense of adventure fulfilled. After all, if you’re not living life on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space!