There are many adventures you can enjoy in or on the water from swimming to jet-skiing. However, white water rafting offers an extra dollop of thrill. Whether you take on the rapids alone or in a group, you won’t forget the experience.

River rapids are measured, according to strength, speed and water level. The first and second classes are for absolute beginners. Class III and Class IV offer a bit more spice, but nothing too crazy. Class V and VI and beyond are reserved for those who know how to maneuver through turbulent waters.

Try your hand at white watering rafting at the following sites.

Snake River – Wyoming

Snake River starts in Wyoming and meanders through Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.

If the actual rafting isn’t exciting enough for you, the views certainly will be. The area is home to bald eagles, elk, bison and other wildlife.

Whether you’re picking up a paddle for the first time or you know what you’re doing, Snake River has something for everyone.

Sjoa River – Norway

Norway offers plenty for the outdoor enthusiast. The Sjoa River consistently ranks as one of the best in Europe and not just for white water rafting.

One tour company, Sjoa Rafting AS, caters to rafters of all skill levels. The hardcore can book the Aasengjuvet adventure, which is one of the longest. If you want something less intense, try the family rafting option, which takes place on Lågen, the next river over.

Whichever you choose, all equipment, including helmets and life jackets, are provided.

Stanislaus River – California

The Goodwin Canyon Run is part of the Stanislaus River, which is about a two hour drive from the Bay Area.

It’s easy to miss if you don’t know where to look, and it isn’t very long. This may not be the best choice if you’re new to the sport. They have Class III and Class IV rapids, meaning it can get wild.

Murray River – Australia

The Rafting Australia tour company leads white water rafting adventures along the Upper Murray. When you aren’t getting splashed in the face, you’ll be awed by the nature.

The guides will accompany you on your adventure, and they’ll do everything in their power to keep you safe. The rapids here are Class I to Class III.