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O.A.R.S.’ Grand Canyon River Trip Recognized as One of “50 Tours of a Lifetime” for 2011National Geographic Traveler Tours of a Lifetime 2011

ANGELS CAMP, CA – April 20, 2011
– O.A.R.S.’ Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience river journey has been honored as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Through a competitive selection process evaluating hundreds of applicants covering everything from treks through Patagonia to bicycle tours in Europe, National Geographic Traveler chose the Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience as one of their “50 Tour of a Lifetime” for 2011.

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Magazine’s annual “50 Tours of a Lifetime” feature recognizes the 50 most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours of 2011, as judged by the editors of National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The feature can be found online and in the May/June 2011 print edition of the magazine. National Geographic Traveler has the largest audience of any travel magazine, with more than 7.5 million readers. The “50 Tours of a Lifetime” feature is directed by Senior Editor Norie Quintos.

On the Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience O.A.R.S.’ veteran river guides lead adventurous travelers, either by inflatable oar raft or wooden-hulled dory, down 285 miles of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead through the length of the Grand Canyon. During the 15- to 19-day expedition small groups of no more than 16 guests and 6 guides run 47 major rapids and stop along the way for side hikes, amazing vistas, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, and geology lessons. Highlights include Marble Canyon, Pre-Puebloan Ruins, Redwall Cavern, Granite Gorge, Elves Chasm, Havasu and Deer Creek Falls. All trips include professional river guides, quality gear, comfortable camping and delicious meals prepared by the guides.

As the first exclusively oar-powered (non-motorized) outfitter in the Grand Canyon, O.A.R.S. has been running river trips for more than 40 years and has the experience needed to provide a true adventure of a lifetime. O.A.R.S. offers Grand Canyon rafting from April thru October.

Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport vacations, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines of the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes. For more information on O.A.R.S. eco-friendly family adventures visit www.oars.com, email the company at info@oars.com or call 1-800-346-6277.

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222