In “Space Jam,” Michael Jordan taught you to believe that you could fly, to believe that you could touch the sky. Although you can’t get swept up in an animated movie like M.J., you can get your heart racing by taking momentary flight. After all, you’ve discovered that jumping off the living room chair and shouting “Geronimo” lacks in thrills. Swap out your simulation chamber (living room and a high-powered fan) for the stunning vistas of world-renowned skydiving spots. Grab your parachute, and let’s go globe-trotting in search of the world’s top skydiving spots:
From 15,000 feet up you can see every siesta spot in Spain (and people sleeping during regular work hours, too). Take the plunge from this height (safely strapped to an instructor in a tandem dive) or drop down to 10,000 feet. It’s worth considering the higher altitude because you’ll be gifted with a full minute of free-fall, instead of the 30 seconds at a lower height. Either way, you’ll have plenty of time to feel the spike in your adrenaline and see the Plaza de España come into focus as you soar through the sky.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You may be too high up to see bronzed booties on the beach, but your senses will be fully occupied anyway. Smell the salty sea air as you descend over world-renowned beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema—we dare you not to hum a few bars of the songs inspired by these famous locales. As you continue your fall, try to spot views of Guanabara Bay and put your eyesight to the test as you look for Brazilian native Gisele Bündchen. In other words, just pretend you’re playing a really intense round of “Where’s Waldo®” as you soar through the air.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a city all about excess. This UAE hot spot has some extravagant buildings that you won’t want to miss, and what better way to check out those landmarks than hurling your body through the air? Skydive in this city and you’ll be treated to heart-stopping views of Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. Plus, you’ll be greeted by a remarkable skyline that’s dominated by the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world at 2,722 feet. Don’t get too close! Just because it’s tall, doesn’t mean you can land on it for a falafel and tabbouleh break.
Snohomish, Washington, United States
Fly like an eagle over Washington, and wave at the angsty Pacific Northwesterners as you fall. You’ll have views of more than just poetry-writing Washingtonians though, including pristine glaciers, magnificent mountain peaks, and the distant San Juan Islands (and maybe even Sasquatch), all in one gorgeous drop zone. Check out the snowy summit of Mount Rainier and the distant lights of Seattle as you descend. Warning: If you do catch a glimpse of Bigfoot, don’t bother him; he’s a very private fellow.
As a kid, you probably wished you’d been bitten by a radioactive bat or whatever kind of critter it is that gives superheroes their powers nowadays. While you can’t scale walls or bend forks with your mind, you can skydive.