Do you hear that? It’s the bell ringing for the last time this school year! That means summer is at long last upon us, and it’s just the excuse we need to venture out in search of thrill rides and the splendor of the great outdoors.
From helicopter rides soaring high above the Grand Canyon to screaming through the mountains on a zip line, 10Best readers cast their ballots for the best in scenic and adventure travel. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Click on each category below to view the full list of winners:
Best Adventure Travel Company: MT Sobek in Emeryville, California
MT Sobek have been leaders in the adventure travel industry for more than half a century. Today, travelers can choose from some 200 journeys designed to inspire and exhilarate, with interest categories like Family Adventure, Women’s Adventure, Cruising, Wellness, Hiking & Trekking or Rafting & Kayaking.
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Best Aerial Adventure Park: Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park in Branson, Missouri
Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park brings thrills to the Ozark Mountains in the form of a multi-level treetop ropes course, zip line canopy tour and the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, Missouri’s highest zip line where riders reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour after a launch from 170 feet above ground.
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Best Boat Tour: Holo Holo Charters in Kauai, Hawaii
With Holo Holo Charters, visitors to Kauai can sail to the forbidden island of Niihau or cruise along the spectacular Na Pali Coast to see its waterfalls, lush valleys and hidden sea caves from a new perspective.
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Best Cycling Tour: Carolina Tailwinds in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Carolina Tailwinds offers multi-day inn-to-inn bicycle tours to 16 destinations in 10 states around the Eastern U.S. Guests stay at boutique hotels and country inns, with breakfasts, most lunches and dinners included.
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Best Helicopter Tour: Maverick Helicopters in Multiple Locations
Maverick Helicopters operates in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Hawaii, offering a wide range of experiences. See the sparkling lights of the Strip or Mother Nature’s masterpiece at the Grand Canyon, or hover above the Hana Rainforest of Maui or the lush cliffs of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.
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Best Kayaking Tour: Manhattan Kayak Co. in New York City, New York
Think downtown New York City isn’t the place to learn to kayak? Take the four-lesson Basics series Manhattan Kayak Co offers (with no cost for kayaks, paddles and life jackets for beginners), then become a member and join the longer guided intermediate trips on the Hudson River. Paddle to hidden beaches or do laps in the cove, then relax on the waterfront patio with your new friends.
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Best Rafting Tour: Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
Wilderness Voyageurs is a full-service outfitter in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. They offer guests several whitewater rafting adventures on rivers in Pennsylvania and Maryland between May and early fall. Trips for all ages from 5 to 80 and every skill level from beginner to experienced are available.
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Congratulations to all these winners! Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in our Readers’ Choice contests.