25 Great American Adventures
The Trip: Powered parachuting for beginners.
Why: Unfold your chute, buckle into a go-kart-like seat with a powerful propeller at your back, taxi down a makeshift runway, and off you go in what has been referred to as the safest form of modern flight. It’s like parasailing without the tow rope. The rigs have a range of 90 miles, and newbies can fly in a two-seater with an instructor. SkyTrails Ranch offers three-day courses over gorgeous Utah desert and canyon country.
For more information: SkyTrails Ranch; four-day course $1,695.