Top Extreme Sport Destinations For The Adrenaline Seeking Traveler

Everyone looks forward to taking their vacations. Many are looking to get away from work and relax for a week or two. Maybe lay by the beach for a few days, get couples rounds of golf in, or simply do nothing. While this may work for some, it is not the best idea for everyone. There are others who are looking to add some excitement to their lives while they are on vacation. This list of top notch adrenaline seekers is for them. Here you can find some of the best heart racing adventures to be had anywhere across the world.

Mt. Everest

Mount Everest is the tallest point on the planet. It is incredibly dangerous to hike and requires just as much mental stamina as it does physical ability. The multiple week adventure can take you through treacherous weather (that can turn in the matter of moments) across glaciers and be forced to climb incredible mountain faces.

When you do reach the top, you can rest assured that you have joined an elite group of people that have weathered the storm and have perched themselves at the highest point that the earth has to offer.

Las Vegas

Sin city has many different ways to get your blood flowing. For many, the sense of gambling is a great adrenaline rush. The ability to win millions of dollars within a few minutes, or the same chances to have all of that money stripped away.

For those who are looking to stay away from the casinos, there is the Big Shot Ride. It stands atop the Stratosphere Hotel, which stands over nine hundred feet tall. On top of this hotel is the ride itself, which, in essence, is a large catapault. It will launch you another one hundred and sixty feet up into the air, allowing you to see across the entire Las Vegas Strip.

The ride uses CO2 to proper the riders up, which takes about two seconds to launch. From there you are bouncing around at the will of the bungee cords and will eventually be pulled back to your feet; which is still one hundred stories up.

Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki is a great destination for those who are looking to supplement their vacation with some relaxation and some adrenaline. This is one of the premiere surf beaches around the world. It is thought that the Hawaiians created the sport of surfing and have been doing it for centuries. The beaches are warm, and the waves are big. Be ready and paddle out to catch some of the best waves anywhere around the world.

This is a great spot for beginners to get a grip on the waves, or for experts to showcase their talents. Imagine riding a down the tube of a fifteen foot wave and you are completely surrounded by water, without actually getting wet. The only thing you can see is the wave curling over you as you move across it. It is an incredible feeling and a great sense of adventure.

Ogawayama, Japan

Most people do not think of Japan as being very rural, but once you get out of the major cities, there are actually many rural areas. One of those is the town of Ogawayama. It is one of the most famous destinations for rock climbers. There are many different routes, depending on your ability and preference. Contrary to popular belief, there are many different styles of rock climbing and many people have their own preferences.

In Ogawayama, there are countless to choose from and you could spend a week there without having to climb the same face twice. Atop many of the climbs there are spectacular views, giving you a sense of relaxation after such a rush.

Ocoee River, Tennessee

The Ocoee River holds one of the best areas for not only whitewater rafting, but whitewater kayaking as well. Whitewater rafting is a rush in and of itself, bouncing and maneuvering yourselves around rocks and rapids, trying to stay afloat and not flip over the raft. There are many different parts of the river that give you different classes. You may choose a more relaxed course, or push yourself in Class 4 and 5 rapids.

Whitewater Kayaking is much more difficult, and is done on a kayak (obviously) rather than a raft. This gives you much more freedom to choose your own paths, which can also be the downside as well. When you get flipped over, you have to stay within your kayak and flip yourself back over. It can be quite difficult and scary.

Peacock River State Park, Florida

Florida holds some of the top scuba diving destinations with its crystal blue waters. However, if you are looking for great scuba, head farther south to the Florida Keys. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, head to the Peacock River State Park, where the adventure is cave diving. It is very similar to scuba, except you are going through and exploring caves rather than out in the ocean.

There can be parts of complete darkness, and it is recommended that you have at least three light sources with you (one primary and two for back-up). It can be incredibly tight and you may have to squeeze through some tight crevices to your destination. The rewards can be incredible and you may find some rare caves that only few have ever witnessed themselves.

For many, vacations are about trying something new. A new adventure or getting out and enjoying some of the sports they enjoy most. While many adrenaline junkies are looking for the next way to quench that thirst, safety is one of the top priorities. Be sure to know what you are getting into before diving in, and make sure you have a guide if you do not know the areas well. Consider traveling an easier course or a more relaxed terrain before “diving” into the harder activities. It is not much of a vacation if you are forced to the hospital.

Caleb Dawson is a freelance writer who loves to write about traveling, extreme sports and vacation destinations. He also writes for www.box13.com.au among various other businesses.

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