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O.A.R.S. Offers New Family Packages and Discounts of Up to 15%

Americans are vacationing with their families in increasing numbers, and the West's largest and most geographically diverse rafting outfitter offers some of the most popular family trips available. Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.) recognizes the unparalleled value of traveling with family, and the company has put together an exciting and diverse list of family trips this year to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

"We are a family-owned, family-operated company," explains Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. marketing manager, so we definitely understand the value of family. This year, with domestic airfare at an all-time low and most of our destinations within an easy driving distance for much of the country, we're encouraging families to rediscover America together. Our trips focus on small groups, so families receive the personalized attention they deserve, and we take care of all the details, so parents can sit back and relax!"

This year's options include designated family-focused rafting departures on the most exciting rivers in the West and special multi-sport family vacation packages in Utah, Wyoming, California, and British Columbia. Appealing to first-timers as well as whitewater veterans, each program includes seasoned, kid-friendly guides; healthy and delicious food the whole family will enjoy; special games and activities; a "Fun Director" whose mission is to keep children thoroughly entertained; and a "Fun Bag" full of toys and surprises for all ages.

An added bonus? Family discounts of up to 15%!

New this year is the O.A.R.S. Sierra Nevada Family Adventure Camp, a four-day, multi-activity program based out of the company's own Rivers Bend Resort Campground near the historic gold rush town of Coloma. The agenda includes lake kayaking, whitewater rafting, inflatable kayaking, hiking, gold panning, and evening camp activities.

The company's Ranch and Raft vacation includes three days rafting through the spectacular red rock cliffs of Cataract Canyon on Utah's best whitewater, followed by three days of hiking, biking, 4x4 touring, and pampering at The Red Cliffs Ranch, one of Utah's most glorious guest ranches.

For families who want to combine the excitement of outdoor exploration with the pleasure of great meals and the luxury of a comfortable bed in a private room, there's the Chilko Multi-Sport vacation, an easygoing, comfortable way to explore one of British Columbia's most spectacular landscapes. This package features rafting, kayaking, heli-hiking, horseback riding, and fishing, as well as other fun-filled activities that combine to create an unforgettable family vacation.

Families looking for the adventure of a wilderness rafting getaway will appreciate that O.A.R.S. has set aside special family-focused departures on the Salmon and Snake rivers in Idaho; California's Lower Klamath and American Rivers; the Rogue River and Grande Ronde in Oregon; the Yampa and Green rivers in Colorado; and the San Juan and Colorado rivers in Utah.

As one of the most experienced wilderness travel providers in North America, O.A.R.S. has guided more than 300,000 guests on some of the most amazing rivers and coastlines of the world. With 70% of its guests repeat travelers and past guest referrals, O.A.R.S. clearly lives up to its commitment to connect people's hearts, minds, and souls with the natural world.

For more information on these family-friendly adventures, as well as the company's other adventure vacations throughout the United States and around the world, including a free 64-page color catalog, call O.A.R.S. at 1-800-346-6277, e-mail the company at reservations@oars.com, or visit www.oars.com.

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