Great Family Adventures: Rogue Wilderness Adventures' 'Whitewater Rafting Trip'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

    Photo: Courtesy of Rogue Wilderness Adventures

HIGHLIGHTS: Take your family on a whitewater adventure on Oregon’s Rogue River, one of North America’s warmest waterways. That means lots of swimming, water fights, and the main attraction: making your way down the beautiful river in a romping raft or an inflatable kayak. After a long day on the Class II-IV rapids, RWA’s staff prepares delicious fare and sets up camp on the riverside beach; your group can choose to sleep outdoors or stay in Paradise Lodge. The best part? There’s no cell-phone service, so when your teen tries to spend the day Snapchatting, she’ll be forced to pay attention to nature and family instead. This trip is recommended for ages six and older.

OUTFITTER: Rogue Wilderness Adventures is a tour company that’s been taking people through the Rogue River Canyon for more than 38 years.

ITINERARY: Merlin, Oregon (near Grants Pass), to the Foster Bar takeout (near Agness) and back to Merlin (or, for $110, have your car shuttled to Agness and drive out from there to see Oregon’s redwoods and coast).

DATES: Available May through October.

PRICE: From $1,055 per adult and $945 for ages 11 and younger, including all meals, guidance, use of camping and rafting gear, overnight accommodations, and transportation to and from the river.

INFO:, (800) 336-1647.

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