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Exotic Adventure Travel Without a Passport


SALMON, IDAHO, March 31, 2008 – With gas prices on the rise and our nation slipping even further into a recession, Americans are looking for ways to vacation this summer without breaking the bank. The good news is there are lots of options close by – and many are turning to adventure-rich Idaho to reconnect with nature, get away from financial woes and rejuvenate their souls.

“Families are looking for opportunities to disconnect from their hectic pace and reconnect with each other,” says Karen Ballard, administrator for the Idaho Division of Tourism. “A trip to Idaho offers that experience, with world-class options that include hiking, biking, camping and boating. Whitewater rafting is one of our biggest draws and with this winter’s snow pack levels, we are anticipating a terrific season on the water.

“A rafting trip is a fun, meaningful way families can connect with nature, history and culture,” adds Ballard “This is the focus of our new ‘Get Outdoors’ campaign we have launched in conjunction with the Forest Service.”
A white water rafting trip on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon, America’s premier family adventure vacation destinations, offers something for everyone: 100 miles of crystal-clear water teeming with wild trout, exhilarating whitewater, stunning scenery, sandy beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, magnificent hiking, soothing natural hot springs, Native American pictographs, a “pampered” camping experience with professional guides who prepare food to rival your favorite restaurant, and more stars than your kids can count.

Middle Fork rafting trips are already booking well into this season and next. Thrill seekers should book now for a trip in June, say the river’s top outfitters, while July and August will provide ideal conditions and warmer water for families with young children age seven and up and seniors. For more information, trip dates and prices, visit or call:

Canyons, Inc., 1-888-634-2600,
Middle Fork River Tours, 1-800-445-9738,
Solitude River Trips, 1-800-396-1776,
Idaho River Journeys, 1-888-997-8399,
Hughes River Expeditions, 1-800-262-1882,
Rocky Mountain River Tours, 1-208-345-2400,


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