Travel You voted, and these are the best adventure tours and travel companies for 2021
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School is out and summer is at long last upon us. What better way to celebrate than by seeking thrills and achingly gorgeous sights outdoors? From the visceral excitement of white water rafting to relaxing train rides, 10Best readers cast their ballots for the best in scenic and adventure travel. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
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Best Adventure Travel Company: Wild Women Expeditions
Wild Women Expeditions specializes in "amazing outdoor adventures for all women." The company leads trips to more than two dozen countries around the globe, with activities such as canoeing, kayaking, cycling, hiking, surfing, sailing and yoga.
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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. No one expects their trip to be canceled or interrupted. But, things happen. Perhaps a family member is suddenly hospitalized. Or, maybe an emergency makes your home uninhabitable and you have to oversee repairs. You might even be the one that’s injured or hospitalized. …No one expects their trip to be canceled or interrupted. But, things happen. Perhaps a family member is suddenly hospitalized. Or, maybe an emergency makes your home uninhabitable and you have to oversee repairs. You might even be the one that’s injured or hospitalized.
Best Boat Tour: Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard's First Lady is led by highly trained expert docents. On this 90-minute cruise, you'll hear fascinating details about Chicago, including stories about the people who designed the buildings along the Chicago River. Options include both daylight tours and evening cocktail cruises.
Best Cycling Tour: DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.
DuVine wants every traveler to experience the world by bike. These luxury bike tours focus heavily on food and wine, and itineraries often include family-run restaurants and boutique accommodations. You’ll find tours around the globe, including domestic options in Aspen, the Hudson Valley, Maine and Vermont, among others.
How Travel Has Helped Us Process Our Grief: Women Who Travel Podcast
Our two guests talk about turning to travel as a way to cope with loss.In the past year, we've all dealt with various levels of grief, both personal and collective, centered around the pandemic. For many, it has also resurfaced familiar emotions and struggles experienced over previous losses of friends and family. To process that grief, Traveler contributors Jordi Lippe-McGraw, who lost her father in a plane crash in 2010, and Nneka M. Okona, who lost her best friend four years ago, have usually turned to travel, a coping mechanism that COVID-19 has challenged.
Best Helicopter Tour: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has been flying visitors to the Grand Canyon since 1965. The fleet includes oversized windows for better views, and the company enjoys access to three exclusive landing sites on the canyon floor.
Best Hot Air Balloon Ride: Sky Riders Balloon Team
The Sky Riders Balloon Team takes passengers on hot air balloon rides over the rolling hills and forests of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Depending on the winds, it’s sometimes possible to see the Philadelphia skyline in the distance.
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Including top-rated options from brands like Ogio, Samsonite, and CaddyDaddy. There are plenty of other things to consider that can make traveling with your golf clubs much easier. Extra padding (especially at the top near the club heads) can give you peace of mind, while multiple handles and wheels make lugging your golf gear through the airport significantly easier. If storage space is really important to you, make sure your golf travel bag has plenty of additional pockets to store your shoes, balls, and other accessories.
Best Kayaking Tour: Rising Tide Explorers in Naples, Florida
Certified local biologists lead every tour of Naples and Marco Island with Rising Tide Explorers. Paddle through mangrove tunnels and past mudflats in search of Southwest Florida wildlife, or glide through the waters of Rookery Bay Reserve for some spectacular birdwatching.
Best Scenic Train Ride: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado
The historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad once hauled silver and gold along the stretch of track laid during the late 19th century between the two towns. Today, visitors hop aboard for the 7-hour round trip journey from Durango through some of Colorado's most impressive scenery, with a chance to stop and explore the historic mining town.
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Best White Water Rafting Tour: Northwest Rafting Company
Northwest Rafting Company specializes in rafting trips on Oregon’s Rogue River and Idaho’s Salmon River, though guests can also choose multi-day trips along the Owyhee, Illinois or Chetco rivers. Specialty itineraries add in gourmet food, yoga sessions or live bluegrass music. Trips last four to six days.
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