Zipping Through the Tree Tops
As Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Often times when one thinks of going out and exploring the natural world we think of foot patrolling through hiking trails and observing nature from earth to sky. While this is a great way to see everything from the ground up, what if you turned your hike upside down and viewed the same landscape from above? For you eco-friendly adventure seekers looking for a different view, we have listed our top five locations for ziplining in the US.
The Aloha State is known for it’s beautiful beaches, mountain ranges and adventurous culture. All of these characteristics combined make it the perfect place for a zip lining adventure. One of the courses that continuously came up in my search was Maui Zipline Tours. This course is accessible off of Highway 30 via an off road vehicle. Through out the entire course you get a birds eye view of both the ocean and the beautiful valleys of Maui.
In addition to Hawaii, the other non-continental state is a great place for a zipline adventure. The scenic views of the Alaska Range and Denali National Park are best scene from above. The company that has received rave reviews for an Alaskan zip lining adventure is Denali Zipline Tours. This family owned ziplining course is located 2 hours north of Anchorage and grants beautiful views of the Boreal Forest and an adrenaline pumping adventure you’ll never forget.
The last stop on our list in the west is Durango, Colorado. This is the home of the Soaring Tree Top adventures crew and is the longest coarse of it’s kind. Before hitting the course, guests board an 1800s steam locomotive that transports them over the river and through the woods to their first tree top platform. The course starts out with short spans in order to get treetop guests acclimated to the equipment. This course offers scenic views of Aspen Groves and views of different rivers in the Durango area.
This course holds a special place in our hearts as it is known for it’s eco-friendly tree top platforms. The platforms on this course do not drill into the tree and are supported with the help of a modern architectural design that “hugs” the tree. Since the platform hugs the tree, it allows the tree to continue to grow with out being harmed.
Tucked away in Franconia Notch State Park is the Alpine Adventure’s ziplining course. This course has been nominated multiple times as one of the best stops to make when traveling in New England. Their 3 hour Super SkyRider Tour allows you to travel down 9 different lines and walk across 9 suspension bridges. This tour includes an off roading trip in New Hampshire’s backcountry. Through out the course there are dual racing zip lines for those of you who are looking for a little competition.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom during your next trip to Orlando, try booking a ziplining excursion with Florida EcoSafaris. Located just one hour south west of Orlando in the Bull Creek Wildlife Area, Florida EcoSafaris offers both day and night ziplining adventures for the whole family. While zipping through the trees you will be able to see a different view of the sunshine state and be able to take in the gorgeous views of the forested wetlands from above.
Have you had the opportunity to go zip lining? Where did you go and what did you think of the experience?