Raft the American River’s Class III whitewater rapids with a professional guide manning the paddles. After your float, enjoy a riverside barbecue lunch with the Sierra Nevadas as a backdrop followed by a tasting of California wines or locally brewed beer.
After being picked up from your hotel, cross over the Bay Bridge in an eco-friendly biodiesel vehicle. Make your way through the fertile Central Valley toward the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Before putting in, get a thorough safety briefing and tips on how to ride the river., then in and set out for your thrilling and scenic float down 8 miles (12 kilometers) of the winding, rushing American River.
Along the way, your guide shares information about the area's natural history and the plants and animals that call this environment home, but don’t just sit back and listen—whitewater awaits you around every bend. The action begins at the frothing Meatgrinder rapids—dip, plunge, and splash over the waves, then enjoy a few quiet minutes of calm water before you dive back into the Class III fun at Racehouse Bend, the Rock Garden, Triple Threat, and Troublemaker rapids.
When your rafting adventure comes to a close, hop ashore for a tasty barbecue lunch in the sun. Play some beach volleyball on the riverbank and relax before hopping back in the van. Before you return to the city, stop at a local winery or brewery to sample some California reds or whites or sip a craft microbrew.