1. Colorado River. There are many people who may not recognise the name of this river, but the world over people have heard of the Colorado River’s most impressive natural works: the Grand Canyon. For millions and millions of year the river carved out of the desert the largest canyon in the world, which attracts millions of visitors from across both the US and the entire world. Don’t be misled though, because it’s still a wild and dangerous river and it’s certainly advisable to only go on a trip down it with a guide. There were people who put their bets on it and lost the money. The river always wins!
2. Amazon River. Along with the Nile, the Amazon is probably the best know river in the world. And whilst kayaking down the whole river is one of the most challenging kayak trips in the world (and one of the longest), there are plenty of opportunities for more abbreviated adventure through the jungles of Peru and Brazil. If you are lucky enough to visit remember to have a very eco-friendly approach because the Amazon is one of the fastest disappearing wildernesses in the world.
3. Mississippi River. This is probably the most well-known river in North America and that might be in part due to Mark Twain whose books where often set on the banks of the river. The river was traditionally the border between the East and the West of the United States and at its delta in the Louisiana one can find the strongest influence of French culture in the United States, including language, cuisine and even different a different legal system.
4. The Danube. The longest river in Europe and arguably the most famous, the Danube has on its banks four capital cities and numerous other towns and villages. Beyond the beauty of the landscape that surround it, which goes through forest, parts of the Alps and much of the Carpathians, as well as it’s massive and sprawling delta in Romania and the plains in Hungary, the allure lies in the numerous languages, cultures, and countries and their history that stretches back some 5000 years.
5. Hawkesbury River. This river may not be quite so famous as the others to some, but if that’s the case it’s probably just because it’s not quite as long. However, the Hawkesbury, located just north of Sydney, is astonishingly beautiful and was instrumental in the colonisation by the British of North South Wales. The settlement was not always peaceful leading to the massacre of many Aborigines, which has been the source of discussion ever since. It’s inglorious history aside this river is well-worth visiting.