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Funky and Unusual Weekend Breaks for All

What is there to do for a weekend getaway once you have been to the beach and the mountains? That depends on your courage, willingness and funkiness of course! Below are 5 different ideas to get you going. All are interesting and fun, some are challenging and some are a little bit weird, but then that is part of the fun...

1. Top Gun Fighter Pilot
Whether you live on the west or the east coast (or nowhere near a coast) you can be a Top Gun Pilot for a day by attending one of the many Air Combat schools located in the U.S. Air Combat USA is a civilian dog-fighting school established in 1988. Nearly 40,000 guest pilots have flown with them and they are the most recognized dog-fighting school in the world. Programs range from 2 ½ hours to a day of dog-fighting and shoot-offs. Outboard cameras provide pilots with a video of their Top Gun day.

2. Sidewalk Egg-Frying Festival 
For egg lovers, festival lovers or people who just want to witness this strange festival head to Oatman, Arizona for their annual July 4th Egg-Frying Festival. Contestants try their best frying eggs using methods such as magnifying glasses, solar inventions and aluminum foil. Beware of egg-loving burros, however, that emerge from the hills looking for fried eggs to munch on.

3. Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula 
Who doesn’t love chocolate? O.K., so maybe there are a few people who do not, however, a Chocolate Bar is still something cool to visit in Chicago. For chocolate lovers this place is a bit of heaven on earth. With choices such as chocolate truffles, chocolate pot de crème, chocolate flan, chocolate tiramisu, chocolate crème brûlée and chocolate martini you simply cannot go wrong. 

4. Zip Line in the Appalachians
Explore the Appalachians by soaring through the air with Adventure America Zip Line Canopy Tours. Glide through the air and get a bird’s eye view of the forest below. The 3-hour tours include 11 sections of zip lines and 5 sky bridges in 22 acres of Smoky Mountain beauty. Fly over white oaks, azaleas, magnolias and mountain laurel in North Carolina’s Nantahala Gorge.

5. Sand Dune Surfing
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need waves to surf. Monahans State Park has miles of sand dunes on which to surf. This Texas hot-spot (literally) is a top destination for adventurers of all sorts. So rent a sand disk because surf’s up dudes. Sand surfing in the U.S. can also be found in Oregon, California, AlaskaFind Article, North Carolina and Colorado.

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Graeme is writing on behalf of Potters 

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