Zip lines are a popular and approachable adventure activity — a way to fly through the sky on a cleverly designed cable pulley system. You can find zip lines just about everywhere, from cruise ships to exotic travel destinations around the world. Each is different in terms of its design, cost and backdrop, but they all promise thrills for the rider.
Click through to discover which exciting adventures await you.
XLine Dubai Marina — Dubai
Price: $177 solo or $328 double
The longest urban zip line in the world, the XLine flies over water at speeds of up to 80 kph. Meant for true adrenaline junkies, it's also one of the steepest and fastest courses soaring down to the ground from 170 meters in the air, according to its website. A ride on this zip line might just make this a life-changing trip.
Zip 2000 — South Africa
Technically a zip slide, this adventure experience held the record for the longest, highest and fastest zip line for years, according to its website. With average speeds over 120 kph, this one is definitely for those seeking a thrill.
Haleakala Skyline Tour — Hawaii
The first zip line company in the U.S. will have you flying through this Maui course that features steep 90-foot drops and breathtaking canyons. You won't regret these deals where you can choose the sunrise tour for the best photos or get your adrenaline pumping with one of the combination options: bike and zip, or summit and zip.
Miss Sky Canopy Tour — Costa Rica
Costa Rica is the ultimate destination to see from above. You'll weave through canopies, waterfalls, river pools and even a turtle refuge on the longest canopy tour in the world. Hoots from howler monkeys will cheer you on as it feels like the "Jungle Book" brought to life.
Icy Strait Point — Alaska
On this ZipRider, six guests simultaneously descend from Hoonah Mountain. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, eagles and bears on the scenic drive up before you begin the rapid descent above the forest, water and alpine views of Alaska. You can also combine the activity with an ATV or whale watching tour.
Pena Aventura Park — Portugal
Price: $25-31, depending on season
Whimsically called the Fantasticable, this zip line actually connects two of Portugal's mountains. The adventure park has land, air and water activities from canyoning to whitewater rafting. And if you're thrifty, you can enjoy more of Portugal at an affordable cost just like the zip line.
Toro Verde — Puerto Rico
The Monster was the longest zip line in the world until early 2018, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records." Equivalent in distance to 28 football fields, you'll reach speeds of 150 kph. If you want even more aerial action, there's also a high ropes course called the Bullmaze.
Toro Verde was temporarily closed due to hurricane damage, but it's targeting a March 1 reopening.
Super Fly — Canada
The best way to see Whistler's breathtaking backcountry, your tour starts with a wild 4x4 climb up Rainbow Mountain. Open year-round, the zip line is a great alternative if your calves need a break from the slopes.
Flight of the Gibbon — Thailand
In Thailand, your zip line adventure is a fully immersive eco-tour. Your ticket includes lunch and a guided tram ride through Khao Kheow Open Safari Park. You'll see elephants, giraffes, rhinos, white lions, flamingos and other exotic species, some of which you can even hand-feed. As a bonus? Part of the proceeds goes toward animal conservation.
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Sky Trek — Costa Rica
If you ever wanted to zip next to a cloud forest, you can in Costa Rica. With locations in Arenal and Monteverde National Parks, both experiences include an open-air gondola ride up the mountain. Combo zip and river drifting packages are available if you want the extra experience of traveling down a fast water path with controlled rapids.
Simatai — China
Price: $6 per person
The Great Wall of China might be the last place you'd expect to find a zip line, but it's one of the best-kept secrets in Beijing. Accessible from the eighth tower at Simatai East, after you hike up, you can take either the cable car or the Flying Fox zip line back down, which also includes a quick boat ride across the lake.
Ziptrek — New Zealand
Price: $101 for the 4-line tour or $137 for the 6-line tour
Known as the "Adventure Capital of the World," Queenstown has no shortage of adrenaline activities, including zip lining.
Set to a backdrop of the incredible alpine lake, there are multiple zip line tours available, the Kea 6-line tour, the Moa 4-line tour and the twilight tour. The daytime zip line tours can be combined with biking, wine tasting, 4x4 excursions, jet boating and a trip to see the iconic kiwi birds.
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Zip Flyer — Nepal
Nepal's zip line is not for the faint of heart as it includes an almost 2,000-foot vertical drop. If you want to check something else off your bucket list simultaneously, they offer combo bungee jump packages also with views of the Himalayas.
TreeTop Crazy Rider — Australia
Price: $99 total for both lines
Called a roller coaster zip line, this Down Under attraction combines the spins, twists, drops and loops of a roller coaster with a zip line for an entirely new kind of thrill through the Australian Bush. There are two different lines to ride depending on your desired intensity and how much adventure you want on your vacation.
Zip World Velocity — United Kingdom
Located in the U.K., Velocity lives up to its name. With views of a quarry lake, you can combine the experience with attractions like an underground obstacle course or a toboggan forest coaster.
Cerro Frias — Argentina
A great way to take in Patagonia's breathtaking Andes Mountains, the Cerro Frias experience includes the activity of your choice (zip lining, 4x4, horseback riding or trekking) plus a snack and transportation to and from town. If you want to spend your money enjoying this adventure, it's pretty affordable as well.
Mega Cavern — Kentucky
The world's only fully underground zip line course, this unique attraction in Middle America takes place in a crushed limestone quarry. There are also tram tours and ropes and BMX courses inside the cavern.
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Forever Florida — Florida
This zip line option includes a zip line roller coaster, as well as a seven-story free fall that'll send you careening down to the ground. If you want to up the fear factor even more, try a night flight.
Zipline Canopy — Peru
A stunning way to see the Sacred Valley, Huaypo Lagoon and the archaeological wonder of Moray, Cusco's zip adventure was designed partially for entertainment and partially for military training, so you know it's intense. You can combine the experience with quad ATV biking through the local Andean villages.
Hannah’s Beach Resort — Philippines