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Go sledding - Olympics-style
This isn't sledding on the hill back home. The wind is whistling. Your cheeks are rippling. But none of that matters. Right now, it's all about velocity.
This is sledding with a helmet, giant tubes of ice and nerves of steel. Trust us: 35 mph may not seem fast in your car, but when you're zipping down a 70-foot-high luge track on nothing more than a hunk of plastic and two runners, it's the closest you'll get to feeling like a missile. At Michigan's Muskegon State Park (just outside Muskegon), even the beginner's track, which tops out at 15 mph, provides an open-throttle thrill. msports.org
If you like rides that require a little less safety gear, rent a toboggan at Indiana's Pokagon State Park (40 miles north of Fort Wayne). Pokagon State Park
Or try Nebraska's Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (30 miles southwest of Omaha) with its three toboggan and sled runs. Mahoney State Park