Skydiving is an adrenaline junkie’s dream, and a brag-worthy adventure for anyone looking to jump outside their comfort zone and see the world at new heights. In the U.S. alone, about 500,000 people skydive every year. And for good reason: It’s an extremely safe experience like no other. For anyone who wants to know what it feels like to fly, skydiving is the answer.
To fly through the sky with incredible views all around, check out these five skydiving destinations that will absolutely take your breath away.
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Many people skydive with natural wonders, like towering mountains and glistening oceans, at their feet. But what about one of the most amazing cities in the world, which is known for its incredible man-made wonders? Yes, we’re talking about Dubai. After freefalling from 13,000 feet, strapped on to a professional, soak in the sites of the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago in the teal waters of the Arabian Gulf that looks like a palm tree from above.
2. Mount Everest, Nepal
Why go through all that trouble climbing Mount Everest when someone can jump from it instead? While skydivers won’t be jumping from Everest’s summit itself, people drop out of a helicopter from either Ama Dablam Base Camp or the Syangboche Airport—both of which stand over 12,000 feet above sea-level. Jumpers will leap from a helicopter with the towering Mt. Everest as their backdrop. No experience necessary, either. Just fly to Kathmandu and the skydiving tour company will do the rest!
3. Livingstone, Zambia
Want to see Victoria Falls—the largest waterfall in the world—at a different angle? Well, skydiving is the answer! Zambia, a landlocked country in South Africa, offers awesome skydiving ventures for adventurous spirits. (Who says safaris are the only things to see in this part of the world?) Bring some courage, and jump from 10,000 feet in the sky— be sure to ask for the video option to also have a recording of the skydive to show the grandkids one day.
4. Grand Canyon, USA
One of the natural wonders of the world may getting even more incredible 10,000 feet up. Skydive in the Grand Canyon with the gorgeous red rocks all around, while flying down at speeds up to 124 mph. The best part is that after the jump, there’s still the entire park to explore, and is also located super close to both Nevada and Utah—an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Fly to Phoenix, Flagstaff, or Las Vegas, all a couple hours from The Grand Canyon.
5. Interlaken, Switzerland
Last but certainly not least: the European hub of extreme sports. Interlaken, tucked in the Swiss Alps, is a dream for skiers, hikers, and climbers alike. Consider seeing it from high-above. When skydiving from Interlaken, jumpers get a view of Austria, Germany, France, and Italy, with the snow-capped mountains and deep blue lakes all around. As a reward for the jump, consider staying at the luxurious Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, right in the heart of Interlaken.