The Adventure Adviser

Family vacation tips from Outside Online's travel expert

WE'RE LOOKING FOR FAMILY RAFT TRIPS IN MICHIGAN IN JULY. ANY IDEAS?
Jan Sander

Cincinnati, Ohio


If it must be Michigan, your best bet is the Class I-II Pine River in the northwest part of the state, about 460 miles from Cincinnati. The calm run requires no guide; Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston (231-862-3471; www.thepineriver.com) will outfit you. Michigan rafting, however, is like horseback riding on a carousel. For the Midwest's best rapids, try the Class II-IV Wolf River in northeast Wisconsin. Shotgun Eddy (920-494-3782; www.shotguneddy.com) in White Lake sends clients without guides on four sections of the densely wooded Wolf.
I WANT TO TAKE MY 13-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW SEA KAYAKING IN CANADA, BUT MANY TRIPS SEEM TO BE RESTRICTED TO AGES 15 AND OLDER. SUGGESTIONS?
Rose Engelland

Washington, D.C.


Younger teens are welcome with Outside Expeditions (800-207-3899; www.getoutside.com). In fact, a three-day sea kayaking itinerary on Prince Edward Island north of Nova Scotia is a designated "family" departure. The launch point is North Rustico Harbour, where novices spend the morning getting comfortable with kayaking techniques. Since paddling usually takes up less than four hours of each day, thereÕs lots of time to splash around in the Gulf Stream-warmed water and look for harbor seals and the endangered piping plover. The cost is $325 per person.

WE HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS, AGES 13 AND 15. WILL A CRUISE BORE THEM?
Andrew Knight

Walnut Creek, California


Six words certain to make a teenager roll her eyes: "Shuffleboard tournament on the upper deck!" But National Geographic Expeditions (888-966-8687; www.nationalgeographic.org/ngexpeditions) had teens in mind when assembling an eight-day cruise on the 64-passenger Wilderness Adventurer. Each day brings a new antidote to antsiness—from paddling along Chichagof Island to hiking through Glacier Bay National Park. The trip starts and ends in June, and the cost is $3,990-$5,290 per person, with an $800 discount for kids eight to 17. Dates: August 12-19, 2002.

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