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Best Rafting Tour (2022)

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The rivers of North America offer some of the world’s best white water rafting opportunities for all experience levels. From white-knuckle rapids to more relaxed family floats, rafting is a great way to add a dash of adventure to a trip. 

  • Wilderness Voyageurs

    Wilderness Voyageurs
    Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

    Wilderness Voyageurs' is a full-service outfitter in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. They offer guests several whitewater rafting adventures on rivers in Pennsylvania and Maryland between May and early fall. Trips for all ages from five to eighty and every skill level from beginner to experienced are available.
    Photo courtesy of Wilderness Voyageurs

  • Northwest Rafting Company

    Northwest Rafting Company
    Hood River, Oregon

    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 Zachary Collier

  • Downstream Adventures Rafting

    Downstream Adventures Rafting
    Empire, Colorado

    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

  • Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

    Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours
    Durango, Colorado

    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

  • Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Co.

    Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Co.
    West Glacier, Montana

    This Montana-based tour company can’t want to take you rafting down the stunning border rivers in Glacier National Park! Enjoy thrilling Class II-III whitewater rafting adventures with various rafting experiences for half-day, full-day, and longer. Also available are overnight/multi-day trips for intermediate and advanced rafters, family-friendly rafting, and private rafting trips where you choose the date and duration. Travel Expert Rob Taylor of 2TravelDads adds, “Thoughtful, eco-conscious and fun.”
    Photo courtesy of stellalevi // Getty Images

  • Rivers & Oceans

    Rivers & Oceans
    Flagstaff, Arizona

    With Rivers & 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

  • Wildwater Rafting

    Wildwater Rafting
    Hartford, Tennessee

    Wildwater Rafting, the southeast's "original professional outfitter," has been leading white water rafting trips since 1971. With outposts on four rivers throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, Wildwater offers a variety of rafting trips ranging from family-friendly to wildly epic.
    Photo courtesy of Wildwater

  • Green River Adventures

    Green River Adventures
    Saluda, North Carolina

    Green River Adventures offers whitewater rafting experiences and personalized kayak lessons from Saluda, North Carolina. Their Lower Green River adventure is perfect for families and those with more moderate activity levels, while their Upper Greek River experience is geared more for the experienced kayak enthusiasts who are looking for heart-pumping excitement and Class IV rapids!
    Photo courtesy of Green River Adventures

  • Western River Expeditions

    Western River Expeditions
    Moab, Utah

    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

  • Northern Outdoors

    Northern Outdoors
    West Forks, Maine

    Northern Outdoors is an adventure resort located in Maine. Guests can enjoy whitewater rafting on the Kennebec, Dead, and Penobscot Rivers from May through early autumn. Half- and full-day trips are offered for families of all ages as well as first-time paddlers through the most experienced rafters.
    Photo courtesy of Northern Outdoors

  1. Wilderness Voyageurs - Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
  2. Northwest Rafting Company - Hood River, Oregon
  3. Downstream Adventures Rafting - Empire, Colorado
  4. Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours - Durango, Colorado
  5. Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Co. - West Glacier, Montana
  6. Rivers & Oceans - Flagstaff, Arizona
  7. Wildwater Rafting - Hartford, Tennessee
  8. Green River Adventures - Saluda, North Carolina
  9. Western River Expeditions - Moab, Utah
  10. Northern Outdoors - West Forks, Maine


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

Congratulations to all these winning rafting tour companies!

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