As humans we are constantly pushing the limits and testing ourselves.  As a result societal  norms are changing.  Once considered an extreme sport, done by adrenaline junkies,  Zip-lining is quietly becoming a popular  family activity.  This article will be a list of my top  9  favorite Zip Lining locations around the United States.

Grafton Zip-Line, Illinois:  

At Grafton Zipline, visitors enjoy 7 incredible lines totaling 2 miles in length. The ziplines range in length from 300 feet to the longest line checking in at a whooping 1600 feet. (possibly the longest in the Midwest)  As is the case with any zipline course, its only as good as the views around it.  At Grafton Zipline you soar high above a lush forest  overlooking the confluence of the Illinois & Mississippi Rivers.  For more information call (618) 786-9477

Louisville Mega Caverns, Kentucky:  Located deep underground the city of Louisville Kentucky, is the Louisville Mega Caverns.  This underground zip lining experience is consistently rated as the top tourist attraction in Kentucky.  Tours consist of a  2 ½ hour guided Adventure, that takes you into never before seen sections of the Cavern. This tour features six underground zip lines, which includes a dual racing line which is over 900 feet long,a bunny zip, a Zip to Hell, the Cross Canyon Zip, and the Lake Canyon Zip, as well as two amazing challenge bridges.  For more information call (877) 614-6342

Northwoods Zipline, Wisconsin:  Northwoods Zip Line Adventure Tours is your one-stop-shop for eco-adventure tourism.  You can expect a zip lining experience like no other! This 2 and a half hour guided tour has nine different zip lines ranging in height and difficulty as well as five awesome adventure bridges.  The course includes a zip line which flies 1000 feet over the stunning wilderness lake, as well as an epic side-by-side dual zip race and incredible viewing platforms. For more information call 844-947-7464

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Ohio:  Listed as the “Best Zipline in America” by USA Today.  Hocking Hills Canopy Tours has been offering a world class zip experience for over 10 years.   Fast, fun, and exhilarating, this 2 1/2 to 3 hour spectacular adventure offers nature lovers and thrill seekers alike, ages 10 and up, the unique opportunity to zip through the treetops on a network of cables and adventure sky-bridges suspended high above the forest floor, overlooking a cave, rock cliffs, the Hocking River, and other flora and fauna!  For even more fun, try the Moonshine Tour which is only available on select full moons.  For more information call 740 385 9477

Zipquest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure, North Carolina:   ZipQuest is a world-class zipline tour and nature adventure in Fayetteville, North Carolina!  The waterfall expedition is the ultimate experience! You’ll explore nature like never before with 8 tree-to-tree ziplines, 3 suspension bridges, 3 spiral staircases and a spectacular view of Carver’s Falls. Zippers will experience the exhilaration of flying through the treetops of the most pristine forest in the area and viewing beautiful Carver’s Falls from many awe inspiring perspectives.   For more information call 910 488 8787

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours, Illinois:  Is  an entirely tree-based, eco-friendly zip line canopy tour, located on 83 wooded acres surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest .Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour consists of eight zip lines, the longest stretching more than 1,100 feet, which will zig-zag across the property’s bluffs and through the valley. The tour also includes 11 platforms high in the trees, three aerial suspension bridges, the longest stretching 180 feet, and two short ground hikes.A canopy tour is an exciting way to experience the flora, fauna, geology and history of the outdoors by safely traversing an established route of ziplines and aerial bridges between platforms built in the trees.  If your ready to have the time of your life.  Call: 1-855-386-9477

Zip Isle, Hawaii: With Zip Isle, guests can have incomparable family fun and adventures. You will experience the thrill of a lifetime but still have time to see the other unique features of the Big Island including views of the volcano, waterfalls, whales (in winter), the rain forest and other nearby wonders that await you.   They are open every day of the week, every week of the year for your enjoyment!  Non-zipping family members can stroll through the Rain forest Trail and watch you zip while they experience the beauty of the tropical landscape.  For more information call: 808 963 5427

Icy Strait Point, Alaska:  Alaska has some of the best mountain and glacier views in the world, what better way to take in these views then by zip line? The Icy Strait Point Zip Rider sends up to six riders at a time (side-by-side) across the length of 18 football fields for an unforgettable view of Icy Strait Point.  Exceeding speeds of 60 mph as you soar 300 feet above the rain forest below.   This hour and a half adventure takes place on top of  Hoonah Mountain.  For more information call 907 945 3141

Soaring Treetop Adventures, Colorado:  Located in beautiful Durango Colorado, Soaring Treetop Adventures has 24 unique zip lines spanning Alpine Forest and Animas River.   This all day adventure includes a  gourmet lunch served in the trees, an eco-tour, and transportation to and from the property via historic railroad, making for many adventures in one day!  Trip Advisor rates Soaring Treetop Adventures as the number 1 attraction in Colorado.  For more information call  970-769-2357