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

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Shelley Metcalf

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Orcas Island, Washington 
In business for 18 years, Magic Air Tours Inc. offers adventurers spectacular views of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. For $299 plus tax, you and a partner can take a 35-minute biplane ride with owner Rod Magner, who narrates the rides himself, sometimes even incorporating a little Pavarotti into the mix. For information, call 800/376-1929 or visit magicair.com.
 
 Key West, Florida 
Island Aeroplane Tours lets customers choose from six different biplane tours, including a romantic sunset flight. The trips last from eight minutes to an hour and take in views of a living coral reef. You may even spot a shark or two. For information, call 305/294-8687 or visit keywestairtours.com.
 
 Fullerton, California 
For $495, SkyThrills provides visitors with spectacular views of Dana Point and Long Beach Harbor. An aerobatic ride in a 1935 open-cockpit biplane will have you on the edge of your seat as you drink in views of the Pacific Coast. Afterward, the company provides a DVD of your aeronautical adventure. Tours of surrounding areas-including L.A.-are also available. Visit skythrills.com for a list of tours, and call 866/484-7455 for reservations.
 
 Various coastal locations 
Warbird SkyVentures travels around the country (as far West as Texas) each year, offering customers a nostalgic flying experience. Each flight is tailored to the individual; risk-takers can even choose an aerobatic option for a flight full of thrilling ups and downs. Prices range from $180 to $660. Visit warbirdskyventures.com for a list of destinations, and call 888/532-5787 for reservations.
 
1-800-SKY-RIDE offers biplane rides in more than 600 locations nationwide. For information, call 800/759-7433 or visit 1800skyride.com.

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