The 5 Best Places to Go Hang Gliding
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These are our picks for the top five hang gliding locations across the country!
Hang gliding is one of those adrenaline-inducing activities and it's surprisingly peaceful at the same time. There's nothing like flying skyward on a glider, hovering in the air without the hum and buzz of an engine, or even the confines of a cockpit to separate you from the world below. As expected, the views are spectacular and the rush is incredible, making the whole experience unforgettable, even for those who have already done it several times.
While the sport may seem extremely dangerous, it is very safe and a lot of fun. Commercial pilots go through hours of training before they even begin taking customers into the air, most of them veterans with hundreds of flights under their belt. Plus, the glider itself is built to be as safe as possible, making it easy to control during takeoffs, landings, and everything in between.
While it is possible for a hang glider to travel more than 100 miles in a single flight, most commercial tours cover a fraction of that distance. Expect to spend an hour or more in the air and travel only a few kilometers, with the goal of providing you with an exciting and unforgettable experience.
If you are finally ready to try to hang gliding, there are many great places in the US where you can try the sport. Unsurprisingly, some destinations offer a better experience than others.
1. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Could there be a better place to hang gliding than Kitty Hawk? We don't believe it! After all, if it was good enough for the Wright brothers, it should be good enough for the rest of us, too. There is a certain level of satisfaction and enjoyment with hang gliding at the birthplace of the flight. The winds here are ideal and the dunes of the Outer Banks are perfect too. Additionally, the city is home to Kitty Hawk Kites, one of the best hang gliding guides and instructors in the world, helping both beginner and veteran pilots get the most out of their Kitty Hawk experience.
2. La Jolla, California
The West Coast has many great hang-gliding destinations, but La Jolla takes top honors. Located north of San Diego, the place is known for its excellent year-round weather, not to mention the good winds that help to fly. Take off from the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and you'll enjoy some epic views of Praia Negra below. You can also slide along towering rocks as California waves crash along the shoreline. Visit Torrey Pines Gliderport to begin your adventure.
3. Kahului, Hawaii
Hang gliding over Hawaii is one of the best experiences imaginable. The weather is almost always good, the winds are light and manageable, and the views of the island below are breathtaking. With beaches, volcanoes, jungles, and other stunning terrains to float on, Hawaii is a great place to gain wings, with Kahului standing out as especially spectacular. You'll find plenty of options to fly there, with several great providers waiting to help you get off the ground. We recommend Hang Gliding Maui as the best option for those who are ready to try this sport.
4. Salt Lake City, Utah
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to go to the beach to have a great hang-gliding experience. For example, Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of the best destinations in the entire country to enjoy sports, and it is almost as landlocked as a place can be. Of course, it makes up for its lack of ocean by having plenty of great places in the mountains to launch a flight. It turns out that there are also excellent guides in the region, helping travelers cope with the challenges of taking their first flight. If you are in the area and want to hang gliding, be sure to visit Nice Sky Adventures to start your adventure.
5. Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
Tennessee's Lookout Mountain is one of the best hang gliding spots in the entire South, offering great views, excellent accessibility, and great weather most of the year. It also has surprisingly good infrastructure to support the sport, making it a beginner-friendly environment with plenty of local riders to help show newcomers the ropes. Located not far from Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain Flight Park is the premier place for learning and launching, with solo and tandem flights year-round.
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