Spring is the ideal season for traveling – the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and most of the destinations are not as crowded as they are during the summer. Some people love visiting various cities in this period, and yes, there is nothing quite like spring in Rome, but sometimes you just need some adrenaline rush to get over the winter blues and finally get moving. To those people: gather your courage, take a couple of equally adventurist friends, put on a wet-suit and get out on the river. If you hear the high-waters calling you, here are five best rafting destinations to tackle this spring.
Rafting on the Arkansas River is one of the most exciting things to do in the springtime. It delivers more than 100 miles of whitewater and offers a wide variety of trips that can be suitable for both families with kids and more demanding adrenaline junkies. For the ultimate Colorado rafting, you can decide to run the steep thrilling Pine Creek section and then flow in the narrow very hard to run Numbers section. There are also many scenic sections that will provide you with perfect photo-worthy views, such as Lower Browns Canyon and Browns Canyon. On the other hand, there are trips like Royal Gorge that will put your rafting skills on a test.
Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
Moving from America to Africa, we find one of the most exhilarating rivers on the planet. Zambezi River is 15 miles stretch between narrow Batoka Gorge, that includes rapids that are extremely difficult to run if you are not very experienced (one of them is called “Gnashing jaws of death” and that says a lot) and some huge drops. Just to add to this incredible excitement, the put-in point is at Victoria Falls – the world’s largest waterfall, so you will witness one of the most dramatic sights in your life.
Tara River, Montenegro
Montenegro is slowly becoming Southeastern Europe’s tourist hotspot, and this doesn’t apply only to the seaside part of the country. The mountains offer an incredible level of adventure for travelers searching for their adrenalin shot, and the exciting rafting on Tara River is the perfect example of that. The canyon of this river is the second deepest canyon in the world (after America’s Grand Canyon) and it boasts more than 20 foaming rapids. Numerous mountain springs fall into the river which is surrounded by pine forests, gravel terraces, high cliffs, caves and wild beaches, so if the adrenaline allows you to look around, be sure to do so.
Futalefú River, Chile
The Futalefú River boasts amazingly clear glacier-fed waters and sublime green surrounding and granite cliffs. The intense terrifying rapids fall into one of the most difficult to tackle in the world, but there are sections to suit all abilities. The adrenaline-infused trips are only a part of what attracts travelers to Chile’s Patagonia. The region itself is jaw-dropping, and you can take a tour of Rio Azul canyon, take a horseback ride through a pristine valley and relax by doing morning yoga or tasting regional wines.
Noce River, Italy
New paragraph, new continent. Noce River is one of Europe’s best rafting destinations and a perfect answer to those who’ll spend spring in Rome. The navigable 17 miles of the river churn out simple to challenging rapids and can be done in one excitement-packed day. In combination with electrifying rafting experience you will also enjoy staggering view of sheer cliffs and snowcapped summits. Moving through the Val di Sole (Sun Valley) you’ll see lush green fields, wild horses and all-in-all a movie-like scenery.
Springtime is perfect for adventures and these five rivers will give you all the adrenaline rush you need, and something to remember for years to come. So, what are you waiting for?