See America's 'Wild Side' SOLO on 2015 Group Trips from AdventureWomen

See America's 'Wild Side' SOLO on 2015 Group Trips from AdventureWomen

Imagine paddling the Missouri River in canoes just like Lewis & Clark did more than 200 years ago or silently observing mother bears and their cubs emerging from their winter sleep in Alaska. Better yet, see where Thelma & Louise famously drove off a red rock cliff. Women looking to travel on their own can do these activities and more this summer and fall in the company of other solo traveling women on several stateside vacations from AdventureWomen.

Specializing in solo trips for women older than 30 who want to travel in the company of other like-minded ladies, AdventureWomen has four American adventure trips in 2015 that put women up close with nature without having to "rough it" -- all on their own.

Plenty of women -- both single and married -- say they have traveled solo and plan to do so again, according to a recent study from AARP of individuals 45 and older who have traveled in the past year. They found 37 percent of Baby Boomers said they had already taken a trip on their own and more than 80 percent planned to travel solo again.

"Women can experience some of the most beautiful spots in America on our many offerings this year," says Susan Eckert, founder and owner of AdventureWomen. "And they can do it on their own terms away from friends and family. Women say they travel with us to be totally themselves, forget about wearing make-up and to avoid coordinating schedules with others. Plus, we plan everything for them and provide the safety of a group together with other women with the same ideals."

Trips include:

Lewis & Clark Canoeing and Glamping, Sept. 6-12, 2015, $2995/person

Follow the path of American adventurers Lewis & Clark in replicas of their canoes, but spend overnights in a more luxurious-style camp than afforded the explorers. Women will paddle down the toward its headwaters in for five days as they pass white sandstone cliffs, the Missouri River Breaks and see views that are nearly unchanged from the early 1800s. In the evenings, stay in private camps with a kitchen, 2-person tents with cots and self-inflating

sleeping pads and more.

California Gold: The Ultimate Foodie, Wine & Outdoor Adventure - Oct. 3-10, 2015, $4395/person

Retrace the paths of opportunists' during California's Gold Rush on this trip that discovers the state's riches both past and present at some of its hottest destinations. Not only will women follow the routes of the California gold rush, they will kayak Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe, visit wine country during harvest season, take an optional balloon ride over vineyards, hike past redwoods, watch cooking demonstrations and sail in San Francisco Bay. No roughing it here!

Hiking & Rafting Southeast Utah's National Parks - Oct. 4-10, 2015, $3195

This trip to southeast Utah takes women on a wild west adventure that includes lots of hiking and whitewater rafting. With four nights at a hotel in Moab and two evenings camping by the Colorado River, women will explore several of the national parks in the canyon lands and stop at the site of the famous ending scene from "Thelma & Louise." They will take a two-day rafting trip down the Colorado River past several well-known rapids and end the trip with an evening dinner cruise.

Alaska Bear Viewing and Safari - June 13-20, 2015, $4395

One of AdventureWomen's most popular trips year after year, women fly by bush plane to an Alaska Bear Camp to view and photograph grizzlies with their cubs in their natural habitat just emerging from their winter dens. Travelers also take a wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park for whale watching to view humpbacks and orcas, and see puffins, sea lions, otters, and sea birds.

For more information about AdventureWomen or any of the company's trips, visit www.adventurewomen.com or call 800-804-8686.

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