101 USA Holidays

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Grand Canyon rafting

Mike & Donna's verdict:

Rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is the thrill of a lifetime. After the rush of the rapids, there are peaceful nights camping under the stars, and you'll never forget the magic of the canyon from below. Hiking in the national parks is another great way to immerse yourself in America's epic landscapes.

Recommended tour operator: Grand American Adventures

Grand American Adventures says

We offer small group activity and adventure holidays throughout the USA. You’ll find an amazing range of experiences from glacier trekking to horseback riding.

Most of our customers are travelling solo and want to join a group of like-minded adventurers, but our holidays also work well if you are travelling with your partner, your family or a group of friends.

Accommodation en route is either in picturesque camp sites or hotels (or a mix of both) and you can pick an appropriate activity level to suit.

One of the most popular choices is our Grand Canyon Rafting trip. It’s a thrilling eight-day adventure during which you raft down the Colorado River through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. The trip kicks off in Las Vegas but you’ll quickly leave the bright lights behind. You camp each night under the stars, in our comfortable tents, with gourmet meals prepared for you each day.

There’s plenty of opportunity to go hiking, swimming and simply soak up the jaw-dropping scenery with its incredible vistas and prolific wildlife.

There’s a rafting guide on hand throughout and no previous experience is necessary – although you should be confident in the water. This trip is for groups of up to 14 people and is generally limited to those aged 16 years or above (some departures accept 14-year-olds). Each boat is motorised and well suited to the river terrain, not least the Class IV rapids.

For more of an adrenalin rush, there’s the Grand Canyon Dory Experience, tackling the Colorado River from a rowing boat.

Other camping adventures include Western Dream, with two weeks’ hiking in the National Parks of the West, such as Yosemite and Zion.

The Appalachian Trail Hiking camping trip takes you through the backroads and national parks of New England.

Find out more about our Grand American Adventures.

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