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SUNSET TRAVEL AWARDS 2015 | BEST GUIDED OUTDOORS TRIP

If a river runs through it, odds are O.A.R.S. does too. The outfit offers tours on 1,230 miles of river in the United States. “Seventy percent of their business is repeat or referred guests,” noted one judge. Said another: “When you think of guided trips, you think of O.A.R.S.” Salmon River rafting.

PERFECT DAY ON THE SALMON RIVER

Midmorning finds you floating in the wilds of Idaho through gorges even deeper than the Grand Canyon, a highlight on the six-day excursion down the nation’s largest undammed river. Grab lunch on a beach, then enjoy a gentle hike to a natural hot springs before ramping up your heart rate on Class III rapids. Come nightfall, take your pick: Bed down in a tent or under the stars.

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