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American River Tours

American River
Beginning in the high Sierra Nevadas not far from Lake Tahoe, the American River has three forks: the South, Middle and North. They converge east of Sacramento, but each offers great whitewater rafting, with varying levels of challenge and corresponding class of rapids. For those seeking calmer waters, kayaking is also popular. 

The South Fork offers the best rapids for beginners, whereas the North Fork is recommended only for experienced rafters and runs only seasonally. The South Fork of the American River is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in the United States.

There are also more than 100 miles of trails along scenic, historic California Gold Rush sites that are immersed in rich natural forests and native wildlife. Hikers and mountain bikers can explore the area’s tall granite canyons or enjoy the foothills of the Gold Country.

Practical Info

Thanks to its close proximity to San Francisco and Sacramento, the American River makes a great day trip itinerary option. The confluence of the North and Middle forks can be reached by taking Interstate 80 to Highway 49 from Sacramento to the city of Auburn, where a visitor information center greets guests.
Address: California, USA, USA
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience American River

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South Fork of the American River Half Day Trip (Class 2-3+)

South Fork of the American River Half Day Trip (Class 2-3+)

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With all the wildflowers, trees, wildlife, and sunshine keeping your senses occupied, it’s easy to forget that you are getting ready to paddle into some of the best whitewater rafting in North America. The American River offers attendees so much, it might as well have been designed in a Hollywood studio.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$100.00
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$100.00

Sacramento Historic River Cruise

Sacramento Historic River Cruise

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Take in the sights of Sacramento from the river on this 1-hour cruise. Snap photos of Old Sacramento's landmarks and highlights while listening to live, onboard narration. Multiple departure times available to fit your schedule.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Thrilling Whitewater Rafting Outdoor Adventure Picnic lunch included

Thrilling Whitewater Rafting Outdoor Adventure Picnic lunch included

This whitewater rafting thrilling outdoor adventure is bucket list vacation destination and family adventure – this is the ideal and most popular summers’ getaway for all ages. Join us now and experience the thrills and excitement of our Whitewater Rafting. Book this rafting adventure and experience our ultimate American Whitewater expedition. This 10-hour day adventure is the ultimate thrilling escape that will take you from San Francisco to the American River for an all-inclusive .Our river rafting adventure will start at 7 am with a complimentary pick-up at your hotel , will end at 7 pm back at your hotel. An exciting and thrilling River Rafting adventure is waiting for you; prepare yourself for 8 to 10-mile exhilarating rafting down the American river that flows throughout the Sierra wilderness. This River Rafting trip qualifies as class III rapids and are accessible to beginners and intermediate paddlers. No prior whitewater experience is required.
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  • 10 hours
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$855.00
Price varies by group size
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$855.00
Price varies by group size

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