What’s the Best Place in the U.S. to Fall Out of the Sky?
Skydiving is for those thrill seekers who want nothing more than to experience jumping out of a plane. As you find yourself flying through the air, you can admire the views and scenery all around you, that is, if you’re not too busy screaming your head off. If you’re a true thrill seeker, or if you want to temporarily become one for a day, below are the most striking destinations to go skydiving in the U.S.
If you want to go skydiving, you really can’t go wrong in Hawaii. The state is full of gorgeous sprawling scenery that looks even better from 10,000 feet in the air. Waialua is known for being the premier skydiving destination in Hawaii. A small company called Skydive Hawaii has a shop set up in Waialua, providing a variety of skydiving experiences. Jumps range from 20,000 to 10,000 feet. As you plummet down from the sky, you’ll see stunning bright blue waters and a jagged coastline filled with canyons and pockets of civilization. When you finally reach the ground, you’ll never look at the islands of Hawaii the same way again.
When it comes to skydiving, there’s nothing like getting out of the continental United States. Like Hawaii, Alaska has acres of scenery that doesn’t even compare to the rest of the country. You might think that falling from the sky in Alaska is less than ideal, but with a few extra layers, the cold can actually be quite refreshing. Anchorage is home to the Alaska Skydive Center, where some friendly professionals will teach you everything you need to know about skydiving over the tundra. You’ll see miles of rolling mountains and hills with (hopefully) snow-covered caps. While the climate in Alaska is rapidly getting warmer, you should be able to spot a patch of ice or two. Now is the time to head up to Alaska to see the sights before they melt away.
Zion National Park, Utah
Utah is known for having some awe-inspiring views of the great American West, but admiring the view from the highway pales in comparison to what you’ll see from the sky. Zion National Park, in particular, is one of the best places in this scenic state to go skydiving. Head over to Skydive Zion for some stunning views of the area’s massive cliffs and mountains. The sprawling wilderness is dotted with greenery and some pristine rivers and streams. It’s truly the best way to experience the desert.
Grand Canyon, Colorado
If you’re already in the western part of the country, you might as well stop by the Grand Canyon for even more desert skydiving action. Even if you think you’ve seen it all before, things really come alive visually when you’re flying through the air. Paragon Skydive is the place to go if you’re looking to sail over the Grand Canyon in a parachute. You’ll probably find yourself screaming a little more than usual when you’re hurdling towards a series of rigid orange cliffs, but that’s all part of the fun.
Key West, Florida
If Hawaii gets a spot on this list, then so should Key West. Always a fantastic spot to explore even if you don’t plan on hopping out of a plane, Key West has no shortage of gorgeous coastal views. The best part about skydiving in the Keys is the wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see a pack of dolphins from up in the air. You’d be surprised at the things you see when there’s nothing but blue in front of you. Stop by Skydive Key West for all of the details when you arrive.
California is filled with stunning places to go skydiving, but Davis is something special. While the coast is a great place to see some waves, Davis features lush greenery that is spread across hundreds of miles. Northern California is much greener and lush than San Diego or Los Angeles. When you’re falling from the sky, you’ll be greeted by a seemingly endless stretch of pristine farmland, thick forests, and even a bit of Silicon Valley and San Francisco off in the distance. SkyDance is the only place to go skydiving if you happen to be in this neighborhood.
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