Nat King Cole described the feel of summer best with his laidback lyrics “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” What’s a better passive activity than river tubing to celebrate that mindset? There is nothing more idyllic than taking a leisurely ride on an inner tube down a gentle river to beat the summer heat. After all, rivers are deeply ingrained in the American psyche. Mark Twain memorialized childhood fantasies of Tom and Huck drifting down the iconic Mississippi without a care in the world.
Fortunately, some of the best rivers for tubing are in proximity to great year-round mountain resorts. This allows the river traveler to combine his tubing adventure with summer savings on lodging, dining, and much more. Best of all, discounts are available for your tubing experience, allowing you to inflate your inner tube without deflating your budget.
The Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is one of the most popular spots for inner-tubing activities. The family-friendly adventure takes you right through downtown Steamboat Springs. If you’re interested in visiting the myriad watering holes, restaurants, and shops dotting the landscape, just beach your inner tube and take a leisurely stroll through town. The river trip can last from 1 to 3 hours depending on where you put in. Tubing season begins in June and continues through September. For lodging, Steamboat Ski Resort near the Yampa River offers great summer savings for innertube enthusiasts. We also have many deals right on our site for lodging in Steamboat and whitewater rafting and activities and tours to do in this epic mountain town.
Inner tubing the Truckee River in Lake Tahoe is like a floating party ambling through some of the most scenic landscape the Sierras has to offer. Tall pines embrace the shoreline and sandy beaches along the 5-mile drift are perfect spots for an impromptu picnic lunch. The laidback atmosphere encourages interaction with fellow “drifters” who are an eclectic group of locals and fellow travelers. Coolers tethered to floats bob along the surface containing refreshments for thirsty river adventurers. Down on the South Shore, the Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village is an intimate lodge offering great views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding scenic terrain. Take advantage of their summer season discounts on lodging and additional amenities.
Wherever you decide to launch your “donut”, take advantage of great summer savings on your vacation or getaway with deals and coupons.