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Father’s Day extreme

10 over-the-top Father’s Day excursions — from chomping on the world’s most expensive piece of bloody steak to driving a race car — that will give dad a lifetime of adrenaline and bragging rights

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 7:00 am

Every dad chooses to spend his special day in different ways. Some golf, others shop, and if they’re feeling adventurous, maybe they’ll find time for their favorite fishing hole. But this Father’s Day, why not spice up tradition and treat dad to a trip he’ll never forget?

Fly fish the Snake River beside the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Float above the rolling vineyard hills of Napa in a hot air balloon. Or spend $50,000 for the ultimate Las Vegas vacation, complete with a complimentary Ferrari, race car driving and more.

The sky is the limit. So here are some extravagant ideas sure to fulfill all of dad’s wildest dream.

1. Go crazy with NASCAR package

For the sports dad, spend Father’s Day on pit row and victory lane at NASCAR’s Quicken Loans 400 race in Brooklyn, Mich. Three days of racing at the Michigan International Speedway can easily include pit row access, a swanky suite and the chance to rub elbows with NASCAR’s best racers.

With the Champions Club package, spectators can enjoy a catered suite, featuring 53 flat screen televisions, a lounge and entertainment area, individual 20-inch wide outdoor stadium seats with cup holders and much more. Ticket holders will also have access to pit row and victory lane before and after the race.

While many hotels in Detroit are already booked, the luxurious Athenaeum Suite Hotel still has a deluxe two-queen suite available for $200 per night. To top it all off, rent a Hummer H2 limousine from Limo Detroit to take you to and from the speedway.

Cost of two Champions Club tickets, two-night hotel stay and five-hour limousine rental: $1,875.

2. Live it up fly fishing in Wyoming

For the dad who enjoys fishing under a scenic mountain setting, fly fish for trout along the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Will Dornan’s Snake River Angler offers guided fishing trips in eight sections of river within the Grand Teton National Park. Dad can experience breathtaking views of the Teton Range, Snake River Canyon and more. A full day trip costs $550 per person.

You and dad will need someplace to stay, and the Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa has rooms with majestic sights. The owner’s suite is a 715-square-foot room, featuring both a living room and bedroom for $625 per night.complete the trip with dinner and a $550 bottle of Comte de Vogie Pinot Noir at the Snake River Grill, one of Jackson Hole’s finest restaurants.

Cost of a full day guided trip for two, one night hotel stay and dinner: $2,435.

3. Take dad to the paintball field

For the military dad, take him to the forests of West Virginia for an extreme paintball war. The Ambush West Virginia Paintball Center offers a four-acre course, gear and guided game play, which keeps you moving and on high alert.

Cost of a half-day session: $75.

4. The man truck: Go 400 miles on 1 tank

For the car enthusiast dad, give him a pickup that looks like a semi truck. The International CXT 4x4 pickup is capable of hauling 20 tons and is built on the same platform as dump trucks and snowplows, yet it’s still the size of a regular truck. It’s engine has 220 horse power and 2,200 RPM. It’s nine feet tall, eight feet wide and 21.5 feet long. It gets seven miles per gallon and will run 490 miles on a full tank.

Cost of the International CXT 4x4 pickup: $93,000-$115,000.

5. Ballooning, wine tasting in Napa Valley

For the dad who’s a wine connoisseur, enjoy a luxurious tour of Napa’s wine county complete with a hot air balloon ride. Beau Wine Tours offers a ballooning and limo tour, which includes several amenities. It starts with a continental breakfast before taking a sunrise balloon ride then a post flight champagne breakfast. Once the morning is complete, begin your personalized, chauffeured wine tour in a limousine.

At the end of your day, spend the night at the Milliken Creek Inn and Spa, where a king room with a fireplace $549.

Cost of the wine tour and one night hotel stay: $1,579.

6. Get preppy: Golf Pebble Beach

For the golfer dad, there are few better courses to explore than the links at Pebble Beach. While availability is sometimes sparse, the Lodge at Pebble Beach offers rooms from $745 per night to ocean view rooms for $1,000 per night. Spend three days and play three different courses. The Links at Spanish Bay costs $265 per golfer, the Pebble Beach Golf Links costs $495 and Spyglass Hill Golf Course costs $370.

After a full day of golfing, make reservations at Stillwater Bar and Grill, which features a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.

Cost of a two-night hotel stay, three days of golfing and dinner: Roughly $3,500.

7. Ultimate mancation: Vegas, baby

Give “Vegas” dad the “ultimate mancation” package offered by the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. It includes the keys to a Ferrari 360 Spider, one day of race car driving, golfing at TPC Las Vegas and cigars to end every dinner.

Cost of the package: $49,000.

8. The ultimate San Francisco shopping spree

For the stylist dad, enjoy a private shopping spree at Wilkes Bashford in downtown San Francisco. Dad and his guest can make an appointment to shop alone, free of other customers, after store hours. A private shopper will help select dad’s outfits, with a master tailor on hand to assist with fitting. When picking out clothes, the sky is the limit. Suits can range from $2,200-$9,000 and shoes from $600-$2,000. As long as you spend enough, the shopper will arrange dinner at the store complete with drinks from two bars.

But if you prefer a dinner in the city, visit the award-winning Taj Campton Hotel, just around the corner from Wilks Bashford. Also, arrange to get to San Francisco and back with a limousine for $695.

Cost for shopping spree, dinner and limousine: Roughly $10,300.

9. Eat the most expensive steak

For the dad who wants to stay home, feed him right with an order of home-delivered steaks. Wagyu Beef offers the Cowboy Steak, which they advertise as possibly the world’s finest steak. It grills up beautifully and stays juicy and tender for a long time. It’s rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, among the healthiest cuts of beef dad can enjoy.

Cost of a 32-to 42-ounce Cowboy Steak: $198.98.

10. Drive like a pro

For the racing dad, spend 80 laps learning to drive like the pros on the Talladega Superspeedway at the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure in Las Vegas.

The school’s most advanced program begins with a classroom session covering the Sprint Cup race cars. Instructors then take dad onto the racetrack and demonstrate how to enter and exit the speedway and how to find proper driving lines. Once you have a handle of the car, you’ll learn how to pass and draft before spending your final laps hitting high speeds around the track.

Cost of Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure: $2,995.



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