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Travels in Geology: Rafting the Pacific Northwest's Heavenly Hells Canyon | November, 2015

"Why would you ever visit a place called Hells Canyon? Especially given how hard it is to get there: Few roads and only steep, difficult trails run down into the 2,400-meter-deep gorge — the deepest canyon in North America — which forms part of the border between Oregon and Idaho. Despite its remote and rugged challenges, however, Hells Canyon has attracted visitors for thousands of years, from the Clovis people and Native Americans to turn-of-the-century gold miners, sheep ranchers and homesteaders.

Today, the canyon is popular among whitewater rafters and fishing enthusiasts. A trip through Hells Canyon, with its diverse geologic pedigree involving 300 million years of island arcs, volcanism and catastrophic floods, will also delight geology-minded travelers. You don’t even need to be an extreme adventurer to enjoy the canyon: Shove off with a reputable rafting company and you’ll barely even need to paddle."

Rafting Hells Canyon
Cuba's lush landscape

Cuban Travel: 5 Ways to Explore Cuba

Men's Fitness | September, 2015

"When it comes to Caribbean islands, it's hard to imagine anything other than its turquoise waters. On this eight-day paddling trip with Row Adventures, you'll get your fill of stunning sandy stretches and untouched coral reefs, but not at the cost of ignoring the country's beautiful forests and cities, too. This new people-to-people adventure, which debuts in November, combines sea, lake and river kayaking with hiking so that you can spend plenty of time in both its metropolitan and wildlife settings, including Havana, Bay of Pigs, and Zapata National Park (from $2995 per person includes guide, meals and accommodations, and activities; November through April;"

Cuba Unbound: Adventure Tour
A feeding humpback whale surfaces near one of our kayakers

Kayaking with Killer Whales in British Columbia

The Financial Times | September, 2015

"The 30-tonne creature broke the surface a mere stone’s throw from my kayak, the sun glistening on its huge black back as its 40ft body arced gracefully up and over as if in slow motion. For the next half-hour I watched, mesmerised, as it repeatedly resurfaced, its arrival heralded each time by the sudden blast of a 10ft plume of water from its blow hole. At times I was close enough to feel the moisture from those spouts drift over me; close enough to see the white barnacles encrusting its great tail as it dived."

Orca & Humpback Expedition
Compelling Corsica 2015 Tours of a Lifetime National Geographic Traveler

ROW Adventures Kayak Trip Ranked Among Best in the World

Spokesman Review | July, 2015

"If you're considering a great exotic guided sea-kayaking and hiking adventure, take a tip from National Geographic Traveler, which gave high ratings to an Inland Northwest company that thinks globally. Compelling Corsica, a unique sea kayaking and mountain hiking adventure vacation from ROW Sea Kayak Adventures based in Coeur d'Alene, was named one of National Geographic Traveler magazine's 2015 Tours of the Lifetime."

Corsica Unbound
Glamping Tents at River Dance Lodge Kooskia Idaho

America's Most Spectacular Glamping Destinations

The Active Times | July, 2015

"River Dance Lodge — Kooskia, Idaho: Located a few hours north of Boise, some may consider River Dance Lodge remote, but for the glamper in search of a camping vacation that balances perfectly between rugged retreat and luxurious getaway, this specialty lodging resort situated about 30 miles outside of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area can’t be beat. Visitors can choose between log cabin or glamping tent accommodations nestled amidst a truly breathtaking mountain setting. Tents are glamorously equipped with pillow-top king beds, wood-burning stoves and private back porches complete with heated clawfoot bathtubs."

Idaho Adventure Lodge
Kayakers in Cuba

Cuba Tour Isn't the Same Old Same Old

Chicago Tribune | July, 2015

"Travel to Cuba is the latest craze, and loosening of restrictions on travel there by U.S. citizens means many tour companies are jumping into the fray. A somewhat different approach is offered by ROW Adventures, a company that specializes in adventure travel around the world. Cuba Unbound: Adventure Tour is an eight-day itinerary that naturally looks at much of the island nation's culture but also adds in kayaking and hiking. Kayaking is in sheltered bays and in calm conditions, so it is appropriate for novice to intermediate paddlers. The trip starts and ends in Havana but then spends time kayaking in places such as the wetlands of Zapata National Park and the waters of Cayo Blanco, a key of white-sand beaches and coral reefs. For cultural exposure, there are stops such as the relatively new Museo de Ernesto Hemingway. The tour is priced from $2,995 per person double occupancy, which includes seven nights' lodging, meals, a bilingual Cuban guide and ROW Adventures representative and a variety of activities. Round-trip air from Miami is extra and should be about $500. Info: 800-451-6034,"

Cuba Unbound: Adventure Tour
Rafting the Snake River with ROW Adventures

Leaps of Faith

Southwest Magazine | May, 2015

"Prefer to get your kicks while sitting down? Not only do travelers ride over sudsy class IV rapids on this Snake River trip with ROW Adventures, they also go trout fishing and camp out under the stars."

Rafting Hells Canyon
ROW Adventures Rafting on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Guide to Rogue River Outfitters

Statesman Journal | May, 2015

The wild section of the Rogue River is Oregon's most iconic multiday river trip, and there is no shortage of outfitters ready to bring visitors safely through its Class III, IV and V rapids.

Rogue River Rafting

It's Always Mother's Day on the River

Life is Short... Pack Light! | May, 2015

A mother's account of her family bonding on a whitewater rafting ddventure: "It’s day two of a six-day white water adventure on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon, often referred to as The River of No Return (how comforting is that), and as usual, I am powerless to stop my son Rigel from adding another heart-pounding feat to his stash of adventures."

Middle Fork of the Salmon Rafting
National Geographic Traveler Tours of a Lifetime Corsica Unbound

"Corsica Unbound" Awarded National Geographic Traveler "50 Best Tours of a Lifetime"

National Geographic Traveler | April, 2015

Our new "Corsica Unbound" trip was selected as a National Geographic Traveler’s “2015 Tours of a Lifetime!” Now in it's 10th year, the 2015 list features 50 of the world's best guided trips chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveler. Norie Quintos, acting editor in chief of National Geographic Travel magazine said that "the 50 best guided tours selected this year offer authentic travel experiences that are sure to leave participants engaged and ensconced in culture," and that "the types of immersive and experiential trips... are going farther and deeper than ever before."

Corsica Unbound