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Top Ten Sky-High Thrills
As seen on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, July 28, 2006.

We've teamed up with ABC's Good Morning America for their Vacationland series to deliver our favorite activities and destinations to help ensure you have a spectacular season in the sun. Here's the third of this summer's top ten lists.

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Top Ten Sky-High Thrills

1. Hot air ballooning in Oregon's wine country, Sherwood, Oregon

Fly through the air in a hot air balloon on one of Vista Balloon Adventures' ( daybreak tours of Oregon's wine country, complete with a champagne brunch.  

For information on the area, consult the Yamhill Valley Visitors Association (

Where to Stay: The Black Walnut Inn ( is surrounded by vineyards and reminiscent of a Tuscan Villa.

Where to Eat: The owners of the picturesque Joel
Palmer House

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2. Sky-diving in the Florida Keys, Sugarloaf,

World champion skydiver Joe Jennings picks the Florida Keys as one of the most scenic drop zones in the country. See the Keys from above and get the thrill of a lifetime during a 40-second freefall from 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) with Skydive Key West (

Visit Joe Jennings' Web site ( and find the drop zone nearest you using an interactive map. 

Where to Stay: For a private, romantic setting, try Chelsea House (

For a large, luxurious setting, try the Grand Key Resort (

Where to Eat: Mangoes ( has lots of seafood with Caribbean flair.

A typical wharf-side dive with ramshackle charm, the Schooner Wharf ( serves affordable food.

3. Hang gliding at Look Out Mountain, Rising Fawn, Georgia. 

Legendary views and great wind conditions draw beginners and pros alike to the flight park and hang gliding school at Lookout Mountain, (

Chattanooga Area Visitors Bureau (

For hang gliding certification rules and a list of other flight parks, visit the U.S. Hang Gliding Association ( 

Where to Stay: In the rustic, cozy cabins at The Landing (+1 800 803 7788).

Where to Eat: Geneva herself serves up home cooked meals at Geneva's Restaurant (+1 706 398 1749).

4. Bungee jumping at Bridge to Nowhere, Los Angeles, California.

Take the plunge—ten stories off of the Bridge to Nowhere—and experience the thrill of bungee jumping. The jump site is a 2-hour hike through the beautiful Angeles National Forest, so make a day of it and get both an adrenaline-pumping freefall and a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

For information, rates and reservations, visit Bungee America's Web site ( or contact the Angeles National Forest (

Where to Stay: Live like a movie star in the glamorous Mondrian Hotel
(, just west of Hollywood and right on Sunset Strip.

Where to Eat: Katana ( has authentic Japanese cuisine and a large sushi bar in lush, trendy surroundings.

5. Glider tour of Sedona's Red Rocks, Sky King Soaring, Payson, Arizona.  

Get a whole new perspective on the beauty of Sedona's Red Rocks- by seeing them from above. On one of Sky King Soaring's ( gliders use motor power only during takeoff, then stay afloat by riding thermal wind currents. 

Where to Stay: The Majestic Mountain Inn ( is set amidst Payson's tall ponderosa pines.

Where to Eat: Fargo's ( has the best steak in town.  Cucina Paradiso
( is a family restaurant and offers home-made Italian fare. 

6. El Toro Roller Coaster, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey.

All the excitement of running with the bulls (without the risk of being trampled)!  Newly opened this past June, this wooden coaster holds the world record for steepest drop.  

For information on Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari, go to

Where to Stay:  For a list of nearby campgrounds and hotels, go to

Where to Eat:  Country Stop Kitchen (+1 732 833 0322) for a country feel. 

7. Zip Line Tour in Durango, Colorado.

Tighten up your harness and zip through Colorado's famous Aspen forests like Tarzan himself (but replace the vines with state-of-the-art sturdy cables). Soaring Colorado's ( zip line adventure is only accessible by historic railroad ride, so climb aboard and enjoy stately scenery en route to a thrilling ride. 

For information on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, visit

Where to Stay: Try on secluded luxury at the Tall Timber Resort ( In the center of town, the General Palmer Hotel ( is a 19th-century Victorian landmark.  

Where to Eat: Try the bison bratwurst and the Iron Horse oatmeal stout at Carver Brewing Co. (

8. BASE Jumping on "Bridge Day" off the bridge at New River Gorge, Fayetteville, West Virginia.

The annual largest extreme sports event in the world will be taking place this year on Saturday, September 16th, when 450 BASE jumpers and over 200,000 spectators and will gather on New River Bridge to experience—either vicariously or in-the-flesh—daring dives into the pristine New River Gorge. BASE jumpers take off from the 876-foot (267-meter) bridge, then free-fall before opening a parachute to help them float gently to safety. 
For general Bridge Day information, go to

Where to Stay: Relax in spacious cabins at Opossum Creek Retreat ( Country-style lodging is yours at The Ponderosa Lodge B & B ( 

Where to Eat: Get just what the name suggests at Pies & Pints Pizzeria ( 
Enjoy Cajun flavor at Gumbos (

9. Climbing Grand Teton, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. 
Wildlife and beautiful mountain scenery abound in the Tetons, but the real draw is the range's signature peak. At 13,770 feet (4,197 meters), Grand Teton's majestic heights beckon. Exum Mountain Guides ( will lead you on a multi-day expedition to the top!  

Where to Stay: After your climb, reload lakeside at Signal Mountain Lodge (  Kick back in high style at Jenny Lake Lodge (

Where to Eat:
Top off hearty Italian fare with a cone of moosetrack ice cream at Leek's Marina and Pizzeria (+1 307 543 2494).

10. Indoor Sky Diving in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving ( is home to America's first vertical wind tunnel, where those who suffer from vertigo can still experience the feeling of flight!  Experts help you gear up and get you flying faster than you can say "bombs away!"

Where to Stay: The Venetian ( is a miniature Venice in the heart of Vegas- complete with an indoor canal and on-site casino. 

Where to Eat: The food and the scene compete for top billing at trendy, brand-new Stack (

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Pick up the August issue for 50 top adventures in the national parks; how to move to Montana; the best ten-day Brazil vacation; 11 instant weekend escapes; and new watches, cameras, and sunglasses for summer.

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Track mountain lions, paddle deserted islands, and get back home in time for Sunday supper. 

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