If you’re a fan of heights, and love the thrill of flying, then you should definitely try and fit a visit to a zip line into your next vacation. Zip lining has come a long way from the quick rides that zipped you around an amusement park. Some of the top zip lines in the world allow people a bird’s-eye view of mountains, deep forests, and even whole cities like Las Vegas.
All you need is to pass a certain height or age restriction, and your next adventure will unfold before your eyes – sometimes at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour! Buckle your harness and get ready for the coolest zip lines in the world.
Zip World Penrhyn Quarry
This zip line, which is located over the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in North Wales, UK, has just received the record for fastest zip line in the entire world. It’s the masterpiece of Zip World, the adventure company who built the Penrhyn Quarry line in 2014.
There are actually two zip lines on site. There’s a smaller, slower line for those who aren’t sure about their need for speed, which reaches up to 40 mph. For speed demons, the larger, steeper zip line reaches astounding speeds of up to 100 mph – it’s the closest thing in the world to flying.
Icy Strait Point
This zip line is located right on the coast of Chichagof Island, Alaska, and gives amazing views looking out over both the water and forest below. In order to ride the zip line, you first have to hop on to a bus or an ATV, which will take you to the top of Hoonah Mountain. There are optional additions to the tour that you can take on your way up, like visiting the world’s oldest Tlingit village.
Once you’re at the top, you get strapped in, and have the option of riding the zip line with up to five of your friends simultaneously. The drop from top to bottom is 5,330 feet, and riders regularly reach speeds of up to 60 mph.
This zip line was originally intended to serve a very practical purpose – it was meant to ferry skiers from one Alpine resort to another. Although it still serves that purpose, many people around the world have come to the ski resort at Orelle, France, to ride the amazing zip line that they call La Tyrolienne.
You have the option of taking your skis or snowboard along with you on the ride, so that you can ski down once you reach the peak at Val Thorens. La Tyrolienne is the highest zip line in the world, reaching its peak height of almost 10,000 feet at Val Thorens. The entire ride lasts just under two minutes, and riders get a breathtaking view of snowy Alpine peaks on their way down.