If you are interested in embarking on a white water rafting adventure in the United States, then you are in luck. There are several places where you can do white water rafting in the US. These rivers will have rapids with varying degrees of difficulty, thus it is important that you do your research first before planning any trip.
The Most Popular
One of the most popular and well-known rivers to do white water rafting on is the Colorado River. This river runs through the Grand Canyon which means that rafting down the river will give you spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. There are several organized raft trips you can go on, that can vary from 7 days to 15 days. There are also day trips that pass through the Hualapai Reservation. The Grand Canyon rafting trips are very popular and organized trips sell out very fast, so you need to realize this and plan accordingly.
The Gauley River in West Virginia is another popular destination for those who want to experience a white-water rafting adventure. This river is 35 km and has some extremely challenging and daunting rapids for those people who have the experience to tackle it. Parts of the river have gentler rapids for the less experienced adventurers. Oregon’s’ Rogue River is another well-known and popular destination for white water rafters. This amazing river flows through the spectacular Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. A person can elect to take a day trip through gentler (Class II) rapids or opt for the more advanced and challenging rapids (Class IV or Class V).
The Most Beautiful
The Salmon River in Idaho has breathtaking scenic views of nature since it passes through granite canyons, forests, and grasslands. You can book various cruises lasting from 1 day to up to 5 days. The Salmon River is the longest river in the lower 48 states of the US, which is one of the reasons it is so popular for white water rafting. There are various white-water rafting trips offered on the Arkansas River that start in Colorado. Several levels of difficulty exist on the river from gentle to class V (very challenging) rapids. Companies offer family rafting trips and trips for those wanting more of a challenge. There are half-day or few day trips, or even just an overnight trip through and in Browns Canyon.
Further north in Alaska, the Nenana River offers opportunities for rafting. This river is fed from glaciers and is very cold water as a result. Still, the spectacular scenery makes this a popular river to raft on. Companies offer opportunities to raft on gentle to more difficult (Class IV) rapids. On the eastern side of the United States, one can do white water rafting in rivers in Maine and Massachusetts. The Kennebec River in Maine provides opportunities to traverse Class III and IV rapids. In Massachusetts, one can raft down the Deerfield River, which also has some challenging rapids.
Regardless of where you are visiting in the United States, you will be able to find a white-water rafting company to help you plan your adventure. Remember to be safe while out on the water and to follow the guides instructions, this way you will be sure to have a fun adventure.