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Best White Water Rafting Tour (2021)

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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. 

  • 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 Northwest Rafting Company

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alaska Wildland Adventures

    Alaska Wildland Adventures

    With Alaska Wildland Adventures, guests can experience Alaska’s backcountry from the waters of the Kenai River. Trips range from 2-hour scenic floats to full-day rafting adventures, each providing an opportunity to spot wildlife (moose, bears, waterfowl and migrating salmon).
    Photo courtesy of Alaska Wildland Adventures

  • 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

  • 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

  • Wildwater Rafting

    Wildwater Rafting

    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 Rafting

  • Northern Outdoors

    Northern Outdoors
    West Forks, ME

    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

  • American Whitewater Expeditions

    American Whitewater Expeditions

    American Whitewater Expeditions leads trips along California’s American River. Guests can choose between three levels of adventure, with options for families and adventure seekers alike. Overnight trips include two forks of the river and even more rapids.
    Photo courtesy of American Whitewater Expeditions, Inc

  • ROW Adventures

    ROW Adventures
    Coeur d'Alene, ID

    ROW Adventure Center is the region's leader in guided outdoor recreation. Expertly guided rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking and culinary tours in the Coeur d' Alene, ID area. They also offer trips to Oregon, Washington, Montana, and several international locations, including the Galapagos Islands, Croatia, and Peru.
    Photo courtesy of ROW Adventures

The top 10 winners in the category Best Whitewater Rafting Tour are as follows: 

  1. Northwest Rafting Company
  2. Downstream Adventures
  3. Wilderness Voyageurs - Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
  4. Alaska Wildland Adventures
  5. Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours
  6. Rivers and Oceans
  7. Wildwater Rafting
  8. Northern Outdoors - West Forks, ME
  9. American Whitewater Expeditions
  10. ROW Adventures - Coeur d'Alene, ID

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 the winners on the 10Best list!

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