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Guiding Life's Greatest Adventures Since 1969

About OARS

Since 1969 OARS has been setting the unforgettable standard in rafting, sea kayaking and hiking adventures, with destinations & unparalleled experiences on the most legendary rivers, coastlines & mountains in the world – from California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the opulent gorges of Fiji and the Galapagos Islands, OARS specializes in first-class adventures throughout Western North America, South America and the South Pacific. For consecutive years, OARS has been named the “Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, OARS trips have been honored as “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

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Our Activities

  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Culture-focused
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Family
  • Fishing & Fishing Lodges
  • Fly fishing
  • Freshwater
  • Geotourism
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Historical
  • Multisport
  • Nature
  • Paddlesport
  • Rafting
  • Sailing & Cruise
  • Sea-kayaking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife

Our Destinations

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Baja California Sur
  • British Columbia
  • California
  • Canada
  • Central America / Caribbean
  • Chile
  • Colorado
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Europe
  • Fiji
  • Idaho
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • North America
  • Northern Africa
  • Oregon
  • Pacific
  • Peru
  • South America
  • Southern Africa
  • Southern Europe
  • United States
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
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O.A.R.S.’ Introduces New Upscale Galápagos Explorer Itinerary for 2016

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O.A.R.S.’ Salmon River Rafting Trip Recognized as “Best Guided Outdoor Trip”

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Venerable Adventure Travel Company, O.A.R.S., Wants to Get Kids Off Couch and Into National Parks

Announces Two-Year Partnership with the National Park Foundation Veteran river outfitter and adventure travel company, O.A.R.S., has...

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O.A.R.S. Releases Optimistic 2015 Whitewater Rafting Forecast

North American River Outfitters Poised for Solid Rafting Season Despite Below Average Snowpack Levels Across the West The worldwide...

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