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Best of Thrill Seeking Adventures in WA

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If you love an adrenaline rush, you are probably always looking for an adventure. Fortunately, Washington has lots of places for the not-so-faint at heart.

Bungee Masters
32016 NE Healy Road
Amboy, WA 98601
503.520.0303
http://www.bungee.com

In a little town just north of Vancouver, WA is Amboy, and the home of Bungee Masters. Operating since 1988, Bungee Masters has built their own private bridge for bungee jumping over water, and they are in the process of building a “Green Mile” zip line and canopy tour site on their property, according to http://www.bungee.com. Check out their website for spectacular photos, prices (less than $100/person to jump) and read what others have written about them in publications like Oregon Coast and Outdoor Magazine.

Seattle Paragliding
11206 Issaquah Hobart Rd SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
206.387.3477
http://www.seattleparagliding.com

Featured on Evening Magazine, Seattle Paragliding offers you the opportunity to take lessons to become your own paragliding pilot, or just take a one-time, 2.5 hour, thrilling tandem ride. Cost is $175.00 weekdays or $195.00 on weekends. It’s 100% deductible from the full course instruction fee if you had such a good time, you want to go to paragliding pilot school. Launches are off of Tiger Mountain or the Chirico Trail, with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Si, downtown Seattle and more, according to their website. Check out the site for photos and more information.

Stone Gardens Indoor Rock Climbing
2839 Northwest Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
206.781.9828
http://www.stonegardens.com

With a location in Ballard and a new location in Bellevue opening in the fall of 2011, there will be over 27,000 square feet of climbing between the two indoor gyms. Rated the “best indoor rock climbing in Seattle” by Tripadvisor.com, there’s great climbing available for beginners through experts. And Stone Gardens change up their climbing walls, so you will be met with new challenges nearly every time you visit. Rates are all day, so you can break for lunch, and head back for another afternoon climb.

North Cascade Heli
31 Early Winters Drive
Mazama, WA 98833
800.494.HELI
http://www.heli-ski.com

Feeling like a confident skier on blue and black (and double black) runs? Love to ski in heavy snow? Heli-skiing (dropping on top of a run from a helicopter) might be for you! North Cascade Heli, founded in 1988, is based out of the Wilson Ranch in Mazama, Washington. This area in the upper reaches of the beautiful Methow Valley is well known and highly regarded for its quality winter recreation opportunities. According to heli-ski.com, the heli base is located near Mazama, Washington, 15 miles northwest of Winthrop, on State Route 20. SR-20 is closed from the west over Washington Pass from mid-November to mid-April, so winter access is from the South and East. It’s a five hour drive from Seattle, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Osprey Rafting Company
Icicle Rd & Hwy 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
888.548.6850
http://www.ospreyrafting.com

Osprey Rafting Company knows the Wenatchee River. They spend most of rafting season on the Wenatchee River, taking rafters along in the class IV waters of the High Adventure trip or starting things off in the class III Main Event waters. Your trip is sure to be memorable. According to ospreyrafting.com, oth trips will shoot rapids like Boulder Bend, Drunkards Drop and Rock & Roll.

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