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For those of us who are adventure junkies, water rafting is the most exhilarating and challenging water sport that makes the adrenaline rush as much as the gushing of the water below!

Here’s a list of the top 10 coolest places to go white water rafting:

1. Ocoee River, Polk County, Tennessee

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Almost 4 lakh rafters are drawn to Polk County every year, this river has been a favorite of rafting enthusiasts since a very long time. It is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest from all sides and you will be amidst nature at all times, making the whole experience all the more refreshing.

Ocoee is the greatest whitewater center of the world, and it will take you on a roller coaster ride that will leave you panting and hungry for more!

The cost per head - $60

2. Great Rivers, Montana

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This is not a place for the weak hearted! The river sports in these parts of the globe are popular for making you go absolutely crazy while on the boat. The rapids that will come your way have been given names like ‘Bone crusher’ and ‘Jaws’ and these are the comparatively less scarier metaphors! You will have a variety of birds for company through your bumpy ride. The water is pretty warm here.

The cost per head - $80

3. Deschutes River, Oregon

The Deschutes River is a pretty dramatic one – it originates from the Lava Lake in the Cascade Mountains, so along the way you will find rock formations of lava, asphalt rocks and stones, in cold lava form. The best time to visit it is between early spring and late fall.

Soak up the sunshine and enjoy the warm summery water. This one offers easy access to numerous fun and exciting rapids, it’s a no shocker that many people travel to this destination in abundance every year.

The cost per head - $55

4. Penobscot River, Maine

Be prepared for a wild, wild ride when you decide to go on an adventurous rafting trip to Maine!

The Penobscot River has chutes, drops and large holes that will make sure you have topsy-turvy ride. The best part is that this river drops into the Nesowdnehunk Falls, that is huge and makes for an even more thrilling ride! Add to it the gorgeous view of Mt. Katahdin, and you will have one hell of a great story to tell your folks back home!

The cost per head - $89

5. Gauley River, West Virginia

If you have a fear of heights, this river is probably not the best place for you. The upper part of the river has a whopping 650 feet vertical drop and it is definitely not a no no for amateurs. The Gauley river itself will keep you on your toes for a minimum of three days, the surrounding beauty will probably hold you there for longer.

If you are a white water rafting pro, grab the first opportunity go on an adventure here!

The cost per head - $117

6. Middle Fork, Salmon River, Idaho

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Cutting through America’s largest area of wilderness on the outskirts of Alaska, this river is a legend. It has a 105 mile drop and it is popularly known as River of No Return Wilderness.

There is absolutely no land that leads to this river! There are special arrangements that get the tourists and rafters there. On your course, you will come across wild beauty against a background of high rise landscapes, grasslands and the heritage of America’s history.

This is THE place for wildlife lovers who enjoy adventure.

The cost per head - $500

7. Magpie River, Canada

The only way to reach the Magpie River is through a float plane! It already sounds so interesting right! Well, there’s more to the Magpie. This river is located in the middle of Quebec’s North Shore, which is richly surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty on all sides. The adventures here are famous for three ‘cool’ parts - The Double Drop, the Trust Falls and the Borealis.

throughout, you will be facing class 5 rapids. That should give your one crazy adrenalin rush!

The cost per head - $750

8. Colorado River, Colorado, Utah & Arizona

There is absolutely nothing to match a Grand Canyon river rafting experience. This place is over booked ROUND THE YEAR so you can guess how fun this place really is!

The most unique part of the adventure here is the great fall of the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon. It will most certainly take your breath away!

The cool wetness of the water against the arid hotness of the desert is a contrast you won’t find anywhere else. Book your trip NOW!

The cost per head - $385

9. Río Upano, Ecuador

A rainforest cruise, on a boat, in a high tide river! Sounds like an adventure you want to be in?

Popularly known as the River of the Sacred Waterfalls, a trip to this riverside will take you through thick rainforests, amazing photo opportunities and native Ecuadorian tribes. It is located deep inside the Andes Mountains, on the edge of River Amazon.
Chilling you to the bone with level 3 and 4 rapids, this is one undertaking you will never forget!

The cost per head - $170

10. Futaleufú River, Chile

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This is a dream trip for all those of you want to spend some time in nature’s arms and at the same time, feel the thrill in your bones. The Earth River Expeditions has built permanent camps into the mountain dwellings which makes it pretty damn comfy to spend a week or more here.

The water is turquoise blue and surrounded by exotic wildlife. This place is luxury in the wilderness!
The rapids are of level 4 here, making your stay calm, luxurious and thrilling at the same time!

The cost per head - $900

All the places on this list will make a great getaway from the monotonous schedule of day to day life, you’re probably reading this on your office computer right! Add some much needed thrill to your lives, grab an oar and enjoy the experience of white water river rafting!


Komal Jain is an IT professional during day and a writer at all other times. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, but she tries to ignore it and finds peace and purpose in writing. Travelling, eating, and writing is what she basically wants to do her life.
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