14 Epic River Expeditions Across The U.S. That Are Worthy Of Your Bucket List

There are some of us who see a big, beautiful body of water and think, Ahh, vacation. For those folks, the U.S. is full of beautiful, bucket-list-worthy coastal locales, lovely inland lakes, and even accommodations located right on the water.

However, there’s another type that sees the same big, beautiful body of water and thinks, Challenge accepted. These are the rough-and-rugged types always looking for a waterfall to swim in or the next big adventure. And that’s what today’s Bucket List is: that next big, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We searched all across the U.S. for the most epic river expeditions, from whitewater rafting and record-breaking floats to multi-day, multi-terrain, test-your-grit wilderness excursions. Of the 14 expeditions listed below, a few are on the Midwest’s Great Lakes, bodies of water we consider to be every bit as epic as their river brethren. And here’s the thing: even if you’re more of a river lounger than Class V rafter, we think you’ll still be able to find an adventure tailor-made for your ability and adventurous acumen here!

Go out there and surprise yourself — you are so much stronger and more capable than you think. And this spirit of discovery is the heart of our Bucket List features; it’s the wonder and awe that fans and feeds our insatiable wanderlust.

Address: Smith River, CA 95567, USA
Address: Wildwater Chattooga: Rafting & Canopy Tours, 1251 Academy Road S-37-14, Long Creek, SC 29658, USA
Address: Momentum River Expeditions, 3195 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520, USA
Address: 45000 US-50, Cañon City, CO 81212, USA
Address: BYU Outdoors Unlimited, 2201 N Canyon Rd, Provo, UT 84604, USA
Address: Salmon River, Idaho, USA
Address: ACE Adventure Resort | Whitewater Rafting West Virginia, 1 Concho road, Oak Hill, WV 25901, USA
Address: Alsek River, Alaska, USA
Address: Northeast Whitewater Rafting & Moose Tours, 155 Greenville Rd, Shirley Mills, ME 04485, USA
Address: Buffalo National River Park Road, Buffalo Nat'l River Pk Rd, Arkansas 72634, USA
Address: Big Bend National Park, TX 79834, USA
Address: Apostle Islands, Wisconsin, USA
Address: Cana Island Lighthouse, 8800 E Cana Island Rd, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202, USA