The Group Travel Leader

MAY 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E C A RO L I N A S H O R I Z O N S Courtesy Nature Adventures Outfitters O U T D O O R G E A R A L W A Y S C O M E S I N H A N D Y H E R E From the mountains to the sea, North Carolina and South Carolina offer an abundance of outdoor activity options. The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch through parts of North Carolina, with miles of hiking trails and scenic vistas. Meanwhile, South Carolina's many lakes make it a great destination for watersports and boating enthusiasts. And with nearly 500 miles of coastline, the beaches and shores of the Carolinas attract tourists year-round. Options abound, from gentle hikes to more strenuous activities, such as zip lining, whitewater rafting and horse- back riding. For groups that are traveling specifically for a taste of the mountain or sea air, or want a break from touring the area's cities or have tired of lounging on the beach, we've put together a list of outdoor adventures guaranteed to provide thrills, fun, and plenty of memories. F R E N C H B R O A D A D V E N T U R E S A S H E V I L L E , N O R T H C A R O L I N A Just 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, groups can enjoy the great outdoors, taking in the scenery of both the French Broad River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. French Broad Adventures offers the choice between calm water or whitewater, depending on whether visitors prefer an adrenaline-fueled experience or something a little more sedate. Whitewater rafters can take a five- to six-hour trip cover- ing nine miles or a three- to four-hour trip over five miles. All trips are led by experienced guides. Hot lunch is served in a pavilion beside the river and is included in the price of the longer excursion. The shorter trip includes a snack, but lunch can be arranged upon request. Meanwhile, those who prefer a more peaceful tour can enjoy two to three hours on four miles of calmer waters, with or without a guide. B Y F I O N A Y O U N G - B R O W N TRAVELERS GET TO KNOW THE WILDLIFE AROUND CHARLESTON ON EXCURSIONS WITH NATURE ADVENTURES OUTFITTERS.

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