Futaleufu River, Chili

10 Best Places in the World for Whitewater Rafting


Adrenaline junkies and nature lovers are strapping on life vests and helmets in order to paddle and bounce their way over turbulent rapids. Whitewater rafting is dramatically increasing in popularity. More and more people are looking for the best places to try it for the first time or challenge themselves with more difficult runs. To find the best place launch your raft, check out these top destinations.

1. Colorado River, Grand Canyon

The Colorado River, which winds for 226 miles through Colorado, Utah and Arizona, is the quintessential rafting destination. When you aren’t battling the powerful rapids, the calm stretches provide a unique view of the canyon. The journey also offers plenty of adventure on dry land with ancient Indian ruins, miles of hiking trails and campsites located on beautiful beaches.

Colorado River, Grand Canyon

2. Zambezi River, Zimbabwe

The Zambezi River at Victoria Falls provides an adrenaline-soaked adventure for experienced rafters. Nearly half of the rapids along the river are graded as Class IV. Aside from the dramatic drops and massive swells, the river offers rafters a chance to see crocodiles and hippopotamuses up close.

Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
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