Travel Picks: World's top experiences for thrill-seekers
SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Take a deep breath, get strapped in and feel the buzz. Travel guide Lonely Planet, brings you the thrill-seekers' list, from its 1000 Ultimate Experiences book. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.
1. BIG SHOT RIDE, LAS VEGAS, USA
This ride, atop the 110-storey Stratosphere observation tower in Las Vegas, has incredible views. The Big Shot runs on compressed air, which, with incredible force, rockets you in your harness from the ride's base to the top of the Big Shot's 49 meter (160 ft 10 in) tower in just over two seconds. It's on the boulevard, on top of the Stratosphere Hotel.
2. MOTORCYCLE-TAXI RIDE, THAILAND
Motorcycle-taxi riders bob in and out of endless lines of cars at alarming speeds, often mounting pavements, and wipe-outs occur with shocking regularity. Often the injured rider or passenger is carted off to hospital in a passing tuk tuk. Look for the orange vests worn by licensed taxi riders, who are legally required to carry a spare helmet; motorcycle taxis are usually down the alleys just off the main roads.
3. ROCK CLIMBING, YOSEMITE VALLEY, USA
They say Yosemite Valley is climbing mecca, with climbs coveted by 'rock heads' far and wide, and a degree of difficulty that has necessitated many technical innovations. Even today, as the most demanding ascents have crumbled, aficionados still point to El Capitan, Yosemite's 915m granite wall, as the planet's greatest rock climb. Be prepared to self-rescue: it is illegal to camp at the base of any wall. Read the climbers' guide at www.nps.gov/yose.
4. PARASAILING, ACAPULCO, MEXICO
Parasailing was invented in Acapulco and that's no surprise: it's an absolutely prime location for floating upon the air, with a spectacular, panoramic view of the city, the hills and the islands beyond Acapulco Bay. You take off from the beach and you land on the beach. Operators abound at Contesa Beach and are easy to arrange except during the busy spring holiday season. Continued...