The most extreme outdoor adventures in America

Consider yourself a daredevil? Then you may already know about all the most amazing extreme sports and outdoor adventures in the U.S., but we went ahead and included them in one handy list — you can consider it your bucket list for memorable experiences that come with serious rushes.

There are gems that take loads of planning (like scaling a mountainside in Yosemite National Park) and those you can do on a whim (like BASE jumping off a high bridge in Idaho), with loads of adventures in between. 

Flying an aerobatic plane | Las Vegas, NV

What is it: Getting an eagle’s-eye view of Vegas is thrilling in itself, but pulling Gs in an aerobatic plane takes a sightseeing flight to heart-racing new heights.

How to go: For the full Top Gun experience, Sky Combat Ace lets you take over the controls. Your pilot demonstrates each maneuver, such as a barrel roll, loop and hammerhead, before letting you test your own skills. 

BASE jumping | Twin Falls, ID

What is it? Part skydiving and part cliff jumping, BASE jumping is one of the most extreme thrills you can pursue, largely because the relatively low-altitude launch points mean less time to deploy your parachute. Perched nearly 500 feet above the Snake River, Perrine Bridge is known worldwide for the adrenaline-charged activity and, unlike many other destinations for the sport, doesn’t require a permit.

Need assistance? The only prerequisite is courage, but TandemBASE guides newbies through the experience. 

Heli-skiing | Anchorage, AK

What is it? Taking the off-piste concept to the limit, heli-skiing transports you to slopes only accessible by chopper. The deep, ungroomed powder makes it the preserve of experienced skiers. Set within one of the largest state parks in America, just north of Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains offer thousands of miles of terrain, powder bowls and steep vertical descents, all of which means you’ll never ski the same line twice.

Waterfall rappelling | White Mountains, NH

What is it? There are few things more exhilarating than lowering yourself down a rock face amid a deluge of foamy spray. While waterfall rappelling is often associated with exotic destinations like Costa Rica, but you need only travel to the Northeast to experience it.

Need assistance? Climbing outfitter Northeast Mountaineering welcomes adventurers of all skill levels. Take a short hike to the top of a 100-foot fall before rappelling down it with the help of a guide. Just be prepared to get wet.

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