Upstream from where the New River meets the Gauley in West Virginia are 53 free-flowing, canyon-rimmed miles of the New River Gorge, part of the National Park system. This outdoors paradise is beloved by rock climbers for the hundreds of single-pitch verticals, BASE jumpers for its eponymous bridge, and whitewater rafters for its class II to class V runs.
Class VI-Mountain River leads package trips on both the Gauley and the New. Among the highlights are their multi-day packages that combine hiking, swimming and—oh, yeah—barreling down class V’s. Catered camping included, from $289 for two days and $389 for three.