Deschutes River | Oregon
Starting from the West Coast, encounter the Pacific Northwest in its summertime glory on a splashy ride down the Deschutes River, through the ponderosa pines of the Deschutes National Forest. Numerous outfitters operate in this area, but Sun Country Raft Tours is a standout because it also offers river tubing, stand-up paddle boarding and inflatable kayaking trips.
Where to stay: Private community Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon just saw the opening of the Pronghorn Resort, a 48-unit residence-style resort right on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. After a day in the rough rapids, spend a day on the greens and then enjoy an Oregon summer evening of microbrews and local seasonal cuisine. (Courtesy of justluxe.com )