Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

Take flight on one of these sky-high adventures.

By Jamie Korf

There’s capturing a panorama with the touch of your smartphone, and there’s experiencing a panorama, as you play the leading role in an air show featuring spectacular views of some of the world’s most drool-worthy destinations. Check out these five airborne adventures that take escapism to a new level. Because you’ve never fully conquered the ground until you can see it—from hundreds of feet above sea level.

WEIGHTLESS FLIGHT
View Riviera Maya from overhead on a parasailing ride with Maroma adventures. Feel the thrill as a boat lifts your swing-like harness into the air. Enjoy solo or with a friend.

VIP: VOLCANOES IN PRIVATE
The rugged glory of the Hawaiian Islands is best seen from the air, so charter a private, eight-seat plane on Royal Pacific Air for a birds eye view of rainforests, waterfalls and active volcanoes (lava flows and personal audio tour included).

FLOAT ON
For the ultimate in classic flying adventures, launch into the skies on a hot air balloon flight and gently float over Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. Take in the Sierra skyline while enjoying a deluxe continental breakfast, compliments of Lake Tahoe Balloons.

CHARTER A CHOPPER
Experience the grandeur of national treasures like the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and the Las Vegas Strip on an aerial tour with Maverick Helicopter Tours for 360° visibility and the best (leather) seat in the house.

COZUMEL DAY TRIPPING
While travelers have historically taken the hour long ferry ride from Cancún to Cozumel, there’s a much faster way to get from Point C to, well, Point C: MAYAir, which operates five scenic 20 minute flights a day.