Rafting, unlike its cousin canoeing, won't require you to sit on a hard wooden bench in a pair of Camp Pocahontas shorts, singing "Kumbaya." Paddle with dignity with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a half-day rafting trip for one person (up to a $115 value for an adult, which includes the government river-use fee) on the south fork of the American River from Beyond Limits Adventures in Lotus. Rafters must be 10 or older.
This half-day guided afternoon raft trip is one of the closest trips of its kind to Sacramento and features some of the wettest water on earth. During the three-hour journey, you'll roll through the American River's beautiful upper "Chili Bar" section and over frothy Class III rapids with just enough vim in them to playfully toss you about. The trip is equally excellent for families, first-time rafters, and seasoned rivermen in need of new fodder for their tall tales. This Groupon is valid for trips from May 15 through September 2, 2011. Trips depart daily, though availability can get tight on Saturdays. Lunch is not included, so be sure to pack a sandwich with your sea legs.
A reservation is required.
Beyond Limits Adventures earned a 4.5-star average rating from 11 Yelpers:
The expert guides at AmericanRafting.com know the South Fork American River like the backs of their hands. Especially the Upper Chili Bar section of the South Fork American River, where the company has been hosting rafting trips since 1980. Not only do the guides know the best way to run the class three rapids along the river, but they have an intimate understanding of something more important: rafting is more fun when expert guides are teaching you tricks, and AmericanRafting.com guides work to be the most funnest on the river. Photos of the trip are captured by a professional photographer and available to view and purchase after the ride, allowing you to remember every detail without having to reconstruct key moments by interviewing fish. AmericanRafting.com is a division of Beyond Limits Adventures, Inc.