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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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