Zip lines — cables stretching hundreds of feet down a mountain side on which you ride — are an adventurous and fun way to take in an area’s scenery and get a little adrenalin rush at the same time. Almost anywhere your California travel plans take you, you will be near a zip line. Going south to north:
- San Diego – runs right over the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park in Escondido, and you can see all the animals
- Santa Catalina Island – drops 500 feet in elevation from the canyon rim down near Avalon
- Big Bear Lake Area – two in Big Bear itself, one about an hour and a half west in Wrightwood and another about an hour and a half south in Corona
- Central Valley– Screaming Eagle, near Lindsay
- San Francisco Area – therre’s one in Berkeley, one in Mount Herman and one at Roaring Camp in Felton (the latter two are near Santa Cruz)
- Wine Country – one in Yountville (Napa County) and two in Occidental (Sonoma County)
- Tahoe and the Sierras – the Heavenly Flyer website currently says the zipline there is now “closed indefinitely, but the one at Kirkwood Resort appears to still be open, as does the zipline in Vallecito (part of the Moaning Cavern Adventure Park)
- North Coast – in Smith River
Weight restrictions vary, both minimums and maximums; you can view details by clicking on the map below, but it’s best to verify any and all details directly with the vendor. Prices also vary, but generally are less than $100 per person.
If you want to see whether you might like ziplining, most of the zip line tours listed here have some YouTube videos showing the rides. You can get a good idea of what’s in store for you from that.