Are you ready for a true adrenaline rush? Then you have to consider a white water rafting trip. White water rafting is some of the most fun you can have on a river, and there are always plenty of great stories (not to mention photos) that come out of it!

The great news is, all over the United States there are some epic whitewater rafting destinations that even the most experienced rafting “pros” love to conquer. If you’re not quite ready for that yet, most rivers have a variety of rapids that you can try out first.

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So no matter if you want the river to be your guide, or if you want the full class four experience, we have some of the best destinations you need to check out.

Here are three of the best destinations for epic white water rafting you need to check out on your next vacation. Let’s go!

Colorado River

One of the best white water rafting trips out there is on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. There’s a reason why this trip is so popular, because it’s unlike any other white water rafting experience you can get!

There are over 200 miles of river to navigate through, with rapids ranging from the barely noticeable Class I to the heart racing Class V. Fully guided tours can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks for the truly adventurous.

Colorado River

Kennebec River

White water rafting and Maine might not be the first to come to mind, but once you leave the rugged coastline of Maine, there is plenty of amazing nature and wildlife to explore. The Kennebec offers both to the white water rafter.

The Kennebec River itself is a solid Class IV river, and during certain times of the summer, rafters can also explore an offshoot on the Dead River, which offers more of a range going from Class II to IV. These tours can last anywhere from a half day to a weekend event.

Chattooga River

Winding along the South Carolina and Georgia borders is the Chattooga River which features four sections that range from Class III to Class V. Many rafters consider this river to flow through one of the most beautiful sections of the country.

Not far from the outdoors wonderland that is Asheville, North Carolina, the backwoods that surround the Chattooga River provide ample rafting opportunities. Plus, the mild weather means rafting opportunities range from Spring to Fall.

Whitewater Rafting

These are just three of the best rivers out there for white water rafting. Of course, there are plenty of more options for you to try out as well.

So the question is, have you been white water rafting? We’d love to hear where you went and how you liked your trip, let us know in the comments!