Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon: for $35, get a two-hour stand-up paddleboarding lesson and tour at ROW Adventure Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (a $70 value). Tours depart daily from June 6 through September 5.
ROW Adventure Center, voted one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure magazine, has been imprinting inimitable, aqueous memories into the minds of adventurers since opening its foamy gates in 1979. The stand-up paddling sojourn includes a lesson, tour, rental, and all necessary equipment. Tour takers will slice through the water on a guided paddle-about of the many bays of Lake Coeur d’Alene with professional guides eager to share their knowledge of paddleboarding, the region, and the subtle differences between rapids and rapping. During the easy/intermediate intensity lesson and tour, attendees strengthen their cores as they paddle and balance on boards through the crisp waters of the lake, all the while spotting osprey, blue herons, bald eagles, and the rare toupéed falcon.
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When you're rafting with ROW Adventure Center, you can float leisurely down a stretch of river, stopping to get out and swim when the mood strikes—or, you can conquer the Devil's Toenail. The oddly named segment of rapids is on the Spokane River and constitutes part of a whitewater rafting trip through the river's lower gorge.
It's one of many scenic locales that the company's guides visit as part of planned day trips or multiple-day vacations. With families in tow, they navigate bike trails and bodies of water throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana, and other surrounding areas, planning excursions that have been lauded by National Geographic magazine.
Many of their voyages take place on the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Here, kayaks set off on picturesque sunset journeys near the pines, and paddleboard tours split their focus between proper balancing technique and nature facts, such as which bird is most likely to mistake you for a gigantic salmon. Guides also lead fly-fishing trips on Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe, accommodating total beginners as well as the advanced anglers.
For those who would rather stay dry, bike trails traverse several miles of historical and awe-inspiring landscapes. The Hiawatha Trail, for example, follows the path of the Old Milwaukee railroad across 7 trestle bridges and through 10 tunnels, including the 1.6-mile Taft tunnel. Certain trip packages even cover admission to Silverwood Theme Park, balancing the thrill of ecological exploration with that of riding roller coasters and fighting over the fastest horse on the carousel.
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