Victoria Falls by micro-light flight
At the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe lies Victoria Falls, known in the Tonga language as “the smoke that thunders.” Plunging a staggering 100 metres, its cascades form the world’s largest waterfall—and a spectacle that’s simply overwhelming in scale. While the falls can be toured on footpaths that take you in front of the cascades, its wonders are best seen from above. Take a micro-light flight (which lasts from 15 to 30 minutes), soaring silently over the crashing water below.
Redwood National Park by bicycle
Often measuring more than 100 metres in height, the redwoods in Northern California’s Redwood National and State Parks are the tallest species of trees in the world. In some cases, their trunks are so wide that you can walk, bike, or even drive right through the base. These towering giants form a dense canopy, leaving the forest floor below a fantasy landscape that’s best explored from the back of a bike. The National Parks Service has turned old logging roads into a network of trails that are ideal for two-wheeled touring.
Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car
Rising dramatically above the electric streets of Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain juts into the Atlantic Ocean, providing sweeping views of the beaches and towers of one of the world’s greatest cities. The mountain’s cable car—founded in 1912—makes the trip to the mountaintop easy, whisking more than 2,000 passengers every day from sea level to its nearly 400-metre summit.