Best Rafting Tour (2020)

The rivers of North America offer some of the world’s best white water rafting opportunities, with thrills for experienced rafters and newbies alike. From white-knuckle rapids to more relaxed family floats, rafting is a great way to add a dash of adventure to a trip.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Rafting Tour are as follows:
  1. Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours
  2. Northwest Rafting Company
  3. OARS
  4. Rivers and Oceans
  5. Western River Expeditions
  6. Downstream Adventures
  7. ARTA River Trips
  8. Wilderness Aware Rafting
  9. Adventures on the Gorge
  10. Zoar Outdoor

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

  • Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

    Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

    Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours leads trips in Colorado, Utah and Arizona, with a river for just about any thrill level and lasting anywhere from two hours to five days.
    Photo courtesy of Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

  • Northwest Rafting Company

    Northwest Rafting Company

    Northwest Rafting Company specializes in rafting trips on Oregon’s Rogue River and Idaho’s Salmon River, though guests can also choose multi-day trips along the Owyhee, Illinois or Chetco Rivers. Specialty itineraries add in gourmet food, yoga sessions or live bluegrass music. Trips last four to six days.
    Photo courtesy of Bethany Johnson

  • OARS


    Founded in 1969, family owned OARS has become a worldwide leader in white water rafting, with trips in eight U.S. states and nearly a dozen international destinations.
    Photo courtesy of James Kaiser / OARS

  • Rivers and Oceans

    Rivers and Oceans

    With Rivers and Oceans, adventurous travelers can explore the rivers of the western United States. Choose between one day trips through the Grand Canyon or multi-day rafting itineraries in Utah, Oregon, Arizona or Idaho.
    Photo courtesy of Rivers and Oceans

  • Western River Expeditions

    Western River Expeditions

    Western River Expeditions has more than 50 years of experience guiding trips along the rivers and canyons of the American West. Today, the company offers itineraries in Arizona (Grand Canyon), Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Costa Rica.
    Photo courtesy of Western River Expeditions

  • Downstream Adventures

    Downstream Adventures

    Downstream Adventures takes travelers on rafting trips through the heart of the Colorado Rockies via Clear Creek. Beginners navigate the 15 rapids of Middle Clear Creek, while more experienced rafters can take on the Lower or Upper Canyon (or the full river).
    Photo courtesy of Downstream Adventures

  • ARTA River Trips

    ARTA River Trips

    ARTA River Trips leads trips on a dozen rivers in the American West, including scenic float trips through Green River Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument and heart-pounding whitewater adventures on the Tuolumne or Merced. All trip proceeds go toward conservation groups that protect these wild places.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / marekuliasz

  • Wilderness Aware Rafting

    Wilderness Aware Rafting

    Based in Buena Vista, Colorado, Wilderness Aware Rafting leads trips on five rivers in the state, including the popular Arkansas River. Trips range from half-day excursions to 10-day adventures that include equipment and meals.
    Photo courtesy of Wilderness Aware Rafting

  • Adventures on the Gorge

    Adventures on the Gorge

    Adventures on the Gorge specializes in whitewater rafting trips in West Virginia. The most popular excursion takes guests along the Lower New River while navigating 25 rapids ranging from Class II to V. Other options include the Upper New River, Gauley River and Glade Creek Canyon.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Eifel Kreutz

  • Zoar Outdoor

    Zoar Outdoor

    Zoar Outdoor pioneered white water rafting on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts. Today, rafters enjoy trips throughout New England, from the West River in Vermont to the Millers and Concord Rivers in Massachusetts to the Great Falls section of the Connecticut River in Connecticut.
    Photo courtesy of Zoar Outdoor

Congratulations to all these winning tour companies!

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