An inspirational bucket list for anyone interested in rafting, kayaking, or canoeing—from armchair traveler to recreational paddler to hard-core white-water enthusiast.
From the Penobscot to the Potomac, the New to the Suwannee, the Colorado to the Snake, America’s Great River Journeys entices people to experience America from its free-flowing waterways. Vivid descriptions of our nation’s fifty finest river trips are complete with stunning photos of each leg of each journey, an engaging narrative, and practical tips about the length of trips, seasonal preferences, difficulty of white water, joys of camping along the shores, availability of professional outfitters, and other details.
Through beautiful photography and compelling writing, America’s Great River Journeys is a celebration of the best rivers for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting—from Alaska to Florida—along 7,000 miles of our nation’s spectacular waterways in twenty-eight states.
About the Author
Tim Palmer is the award-winning author of twenty-five books featuring rivers, conservation, and adventure travel, including Rivers of America. He was also the first recipient of American Rivers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Organized in 1973, American Rivers works for the protection and restoration of our country’s wild, free-flowing rivers. Richard Bangs is the founder of Sobek Expeditions, the first multinational river-running company and the pioneering outfitter for global active wilderness travel.
"This hefty, gorgeous tome by Tim Palmer, an ace photographer and author of 26 books, will make you yearn for the wild blue yonder. He enthusiastically and expertly encourages readers to exult in the USA's 7,000 miles of free-flowing waterways in 28 states—following the finest routes in ten regions: New England, Appalachian Mountains, Deep South, Midwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. The book is inspirational, enlightening, and bolstered by practical know-how: tips about trip lengths, whitewater challenges, permit requirements, camping sites, and outfitters. With an intro by Richard Bangs, founder of Sobek Expeditions (the first multi-national river-running company and pioneering outfitter for worldwide active wilderness travel), America’s Great River Journeys is an adventure in itself and a praise for American Rivers, an organization that helps protect wild waterways, renews damaged streams and preserves clean water and nature. 'Where's your paddle?'" —Forbes.com
"In a world connected by highways and airplanes, travelers rarely rely on rivers for transportation. But that’s exactly why they should, says Tim Palmer, author of America’s Great River Journeys: 50 Canoe, Kayak, and Raft Adventures. 'Rivers take us to places we cannot see through a windshield. There’s something fundamental in getting into a little boat and pushing off the shore and seeing the landscape from the water.' —USA TODAY
From the Penobscot to the Potomac, the New to the Suwannee, the Colorado to the Snake, America’s Great River Journeys entices readers to experience America from its free-flowing waterways. Vivid descriptions of our nation’s 50 finest river trips are complete with stunning photos of each leg of each journey, an engaging narrative, and practical tips about the length of trips, seasonal preferences, difficulty of white water, joys of camping along the shores, availability of professional outfitters and other details. —Susquehanna Life
"There are many good ways to see the planet, to explore, and to seek adventure, but to travel down the greatest rivers in America with Tim Palmer is among the very best. This book is the wish list I wish I had found fifty years ago. Once you go—or simply turn these pages—you'll know that every one of these rivers is worth saving so that others might go there as well. —Yvon Chouinard, river runner, climber, founder of Patagonia, Inc.
“I’ve been guiding river trips and running my own outfitting company for twenty years, and I can say with confidence that Tim Palmer is uniquely qualified to write about America’s best river journeys. His motivation for getting out on rivers is infectious, and his descriptions of these outings are the ultimate resource for anyone wanting to see or travel on our country’s waterways. Read Tim's book and then go!" —Zach Collier, river explorer and owner/outfitter, Northwest Rafting Company
"Tim Palmer’s narratives and photos capture the allure of free-flowing water and illuminate the importance of rivers in our lives. There’s nothing quite like a river trip if you’re searching for adventure, connection with friends and family, or discovering the very best of America’s natural treasures. Sign me up for any one of the fifty magnificent journeys that Tim so well describes." —Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers
"In this book Tim Palmer brings the allure and enchantment of rivers to everyone. Most of us grow to love only the places we know, so this heartfelt chronicle is essential beyond its extremely successful mission of guiding people to the best river trips in America. By introducing us to these special places, Tim also guides us toward long-term stewardship that’s essential for all our flowing waters." —Mark Singleton, Executive Director, American Whitewater