Whitewater rafting can be the adventure of a lifetime. On a rafting expedition, you’ll experience heart-stopping thrills, rushes of adrenaline, beautiful scenery and time with friends old and new. Whether you’re new to the sport or an old pro, here are four U.S. whitewater rafting destinations to explore.
Best for an Extended Trip
Middle Fork of the Salmon River
20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho
The Middle Fork is an excellent vacation destination, and most outfitters offer float trips that last five or six days. During the trip, you’ll navigate the river by day and camp by night. Many float trips are open to entire families, including young children.
Because of the intense nature of this river, most outfitters require participants to be at least 16 years old and to have prior rafting experience.
Best for Scenic Views
Georgia-South Carolina border line
The rafting portions of the Chattooga are divided into three different areas: Section II with Class II rapids, Section III with mostly Class II and Class III rapids and one Class IV area, and Section IV with Class IV and V rapids. Sections II and III are often recommended for family outings, and Section IV for rafters with previous experience. Most outfitters offer Section III and IV adventures, plus overnight trips on which you can experience both of those stretches.
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