#5. Magpie River, Canada
Magpie River journey start at Magpie Lake in eastern Quebec province. The whitewater on the Magpie River grows in difficulty until you reach the challenge of Class V rapids downriver from the spectacular Magpie Falls. Camping on the river at night, travelers can often catch a glimpse of the of the aurora borealis (northern lights).
#4. Yampa River, Colorado
The Yampa River, located in Dinosaur National Monument, is the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River system. Sometimes described as a “Little Grand Canyon,” the Yampa River is a true gem. Enjoy side hikes to vistas that rival the Grand Canyon and well-preserved prehistoric Native American sites. The run is encased in a striking river corridor whose tall, vertical walls are streaked with jet-black coloration known as “desert varnish.”
#3. Middle Fork, Salmon River, Idaho
This is one of the world’s most popular whitewater rivers, with everything to offer you—rapids up to Class IV and glorious alpine and forest scenery as it flows through America’s largest roadless wilderness area outside Alaska. Wildlife can include the enchanting sight of a mother bear swimming across the river with her cubs.
#2. Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers, Alaska/Canada
The Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers flow through some of the most astonishing wilderness in North America. The rivers offer up superb white water with breathtaking views of mountains and tundra. As you make your way down the river you will experience unforgettable wildlife, from grizzlies and moose to spawning salmon.
#1. Colorado River, Arizona
This destination is the number one must-raft place in the USA, which will provide you with thrills that will last for a lifetime. The highlight of this trip would be to see and experience how the Colorado River runs into the Grand Canyon, one of the most natural landscapes ever and the world’s biggest offering for environmental beauty. The place is overbooked all year round and you have to get a reservation in advance. Once it’s over, you’ll want more of the amazing rapids, the clear and very deep canyon waters, and the surrounding mountain scenery.