Shelley Metcalf

Looking for something new and exciting to do on your next vacation? Try an open-air biplane ride.

Orcas Island, Washington
In business for 18 years, Magic Air Tours Inc. offersadventurers spectacular views of the San Juan Islands off the coastof Washington. For $299 plus tax, you and a partner can take a35-minute biplane ride with owner Rod Magner, who narrates therides himself, sometimes even incorporating a little Pavarotti intothe mix. For information, call 800/376-1929 or visit

Key West, Florida
Island Aeroplane Tours lets customers choose from sixdifferent biplane tours, including a romantic sunset flight. Thetrips last from eight minutes to an hour and take in views of aliving coral reef. You may even spot a shark or two. Forinformation, call 305/294-8687 or visit

Fullerton, California
For $495, SkyThrills provides visitors with spectacular viewsof Dana Point and Long Beach Harbor. An aerobatic ride in a 1935open-cockpit biplane will have you on the edge of your seat as youdrink in views of the Pacific Coast. Afterward, the companyprovides a DVD of your aeronautical adventure. Tours of surroundingareas-including L.A.-are also available. Visit for a listof tours, and call 866/484-7455 for reservations.

Various coastal locations
Warbird SkyVentures travels around the country (as far Westas Texas) each year, offering customers a nostalgic flyingexperience. Each flight is tailored to the individual; risk-takerscan even choose an aerobatic option for a flight full of thrillingups and downs. Prices range from $180 to $660. Visit warbirdskyventures.comfor a list of destinations, and call 888/532-5787 for reservations.

1-800-SKY-RIDE offers biplane rides in more than 600locations nationwide. For information, call 800/759-7433 or visit

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