USA Today 10best: The Best Adventure Tours and Travel Companies


Thank you to USA Today 10best for inviting me to curate their

new Adventure Travel Readers’ Choice Awards this summer!

Here are the WINNERS:

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Best Adventure Travel Company

The top 10 winners in the category Best Adventure Travel Company are as follows:

  1. G Adventures
  2. Intrepid Travel
  3. Austin Adventures
  4. Geographic Expeditions
  5. Natural Habitat Adventures
  6. MT Sobek
  7. BikeHike Adventures
  8. Lindblad Expeditions
  9. REI Adventures
  10. Wild Frontiers Travel

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning adventure travel companies!

Best Boat Tour

The top 10 winners in the category Best Boat Tour are as follows:

  1. NYCbySEA
  2. Major Marine Tours
  3. Red Boat Water Tours
  4. Waco Tours
  5. Holo Holo Charters
  6. Niagara Jet Adventures
  7. Canderé Cruising
  8. Cattywampus Catamaran
  9. Redline Rafting
  10. Maid of the Mist

Congratulations to all these winning boat tour companies!

Cannes harbor by Lisa Niver
Cannes harbor by Lisa Niver
Best Fishing Tour

The top 10 winners in the category Best Fishing Tour are as follows:

  1. Angling Unlimited
  2. Big Hole Lodge
  3. Three Forks Ranch
  4. Three Rivers Ranch
  5. Alaska King Fishing Charter
  6. Humdinger Sportfishing
  7. Cajun Fishing Adventures
  8. Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
  9. Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
  10. Gulf Island Charters

Congratulations to all these winning fishing companies!

Best Helicopter Tour

The top 10 winners in the category Best Helicopter Tour are as follows:

  1. Sundance Helicopters
  2. Alaska Ultimate Safaris
  3. Guidance Air
  4. Serenity Helicopter Tours
  5. Maverick Helicopters
  6. Black Hills Helicopters
  7. Seward Helicopter Tours
  8. Alpine Air Alaska
  9. Blackcomb Helicopters
  10. Pacific Helicopter Tours

Congratulations to all these winning helicopter companies!

I loved my flight with MAVERICK HELICOPTERS!


Best Hot Air Balloon Ride

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hot Air Balloon Ride are as follows:

  1. Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides
  2. Black Hills Balloons
  3. Grand Adventure Balloon Tours
  4. Lake Geneva Balloon Company
  5. Lake Tahoe Balloons
  6. Balloons Over Letchworth
  7. Sky Riders Balloon Team
  8. Rocky Mountain Hot Air
  9. Rainbow Ryders
  10. Arizona Balloon Safaris

Congratulations to all these winning balloon companies!

Best Scenic Train Ride

The top 10 winners in the category Best Scenic Train Ride are as follows:

  1. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
  2. Strasburg Rail Road
  3. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  4. Capitol Corridor
  5. Cape Cod Central Railroad
  6. Rocky Mountaineer
  7. White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
  8. Mount Washington Cog Railway
  9. Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic
  10. Cass Scenic Railroad

Congratulations to all these winning trains!

Have you been on Rocky Mountaineer Train?


Best White Water Rafting Tour

The top 10 winners in the category Best White Water Rafting Tour are as follows:

  1. Western River Expeditions
  2. U.S. Rafting
  3. Wildman Adventure Resort
  4. Barker Ewing Whitewater
  5. Zoar Outdoor
  6. OARS
  7. Arkansas River Tours
  8. Downstream Adventures
  9. Three Rivers Whitewater
  10. Far Flung Adventures

Congratulations to all these winning rafting companies!

Thank you GAdventures for your Tweet!


Sunset from Rocky Mountaineer Train by Lisa Niver
Sunset from Rocky Mountaineer Train by Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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