From: June 23 to June 28, 2018

Destination: Knoxville, MD

  • Girls Adventure Getaway

    Is there a young woman in your life that you have been wanting to have some quality playtime with? Your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or other young friend? Removed from the concerns and distractions of every day life, away from peer pressure and the demands of work and family, you can share a camaraderie and appreciation of each other that is lots of fun. In a new environment, where both of you are learning new things and neither of you is in charge, where one of you isn't consumed with planning and cooking meals and the other isn't concerned with what her friends think, you can experience the playfulness that can be hard to find in daily life. This trip is for young women aged 12 to 15 and the adult women in their lives who think that sounds like a lot of fun. Maximum group size: 16
  • Saturday, June 23
    We pick you up at the Baltimore Washington Airport at 1 pm and head for the hostel where we can settle into our home for the week. The start of our adventure together, tubing on the Potomac River, is a perfect introduction to the area as well as being exciting! Floating down one of the most scenic stretches of river in the country, we'll drift by historic Harpers Ferry National Park, have a spectacular view of Maryland Heights, and float through the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. This whole stretch is parallel to the C & O Canal. That night we'll return to the hostel for our first shared meal together.

    Sunday, June 24
    After a leisurely breakfast we’ll spend the morning in Lower Town Historic District, checking out some of the sites and shops there. This part of the town is a National Park and various exhibits help explain its historic significance. We'll spend the afternoon paddling on a lower section of the Potomac River. This gentle stretch of river is fine for both experienced and novice paddlers and if you’ve never paddled before, no worries- we’ll teach you everything you need to know to have a safe and fun experience. Highlights include the Catoctin Creek Aqueduct, the most picturesque aqueduct on the C&O Canal, and fantastic bird life. We'll keep our eyes open for great blue herons and the return of the bald eagle!

    Monday, June 25
    Today we'll bicycle along the C&O Canal Towpath that stretches for 185 miles from Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland. Running parallel to the Potomac River, the path is both flat and tree-shaded, and can be navigated on either fat tire or regular tire bikes (although fat tire is preferable). We'll cycle either 6 miles to the town of Harpers Ferry or 18 miles to the town of Shepardstown, WV where we'll stop for lunch. After we've ridden as far as we choose, we'll return the same way and walk into the town of Harpers Ferry. Whether you're interested in history, old buildings, or shopping, you'll find something to enjoy here. We'll eat dinner in town tonight.

    Tuesday, June 26
    After a hearty breakfast at the hostel, we're off for some whitewater rafting on the Shenandoah River. If the name of the river sounds familiar, yes - it was mentioned in the John Denver song and undoubtedly we'll start singing Country Roads as we raft. The section we'll be paddling is known for its breathtaking scenery, abundant plant and wildlife, and playful Class 2 and 3 rapids. This raft trip is suitable for those without previous rafting experience and even if you don't think rafting is your cup of tea, it's really the only way to experience the river's solitude and wildness. If the water level is too low for the rafts, we'll trade rafts for duckies and have an equally fun adventure. This afternoon we'll head for the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center and spend some time on their high ropes course. This is one of those activities that isn't high risk but sure feels like it! And with seven levels of challenge to choose from, everyone can choose the one that works for them. We'll return to the hostel for another delicious dinner and relaxing evening with s'mores in the back yard.

    Wednesday, June 27
    We have 2 choices of great hikes this morning, and which we do depends on what sounds most appealing on the day. One is to hike the Maryland Heights Trail. This trail goes up and over a bluff that overlooks the town of Harpers Ferry. Remnants of some batteries and an old fort at the top are a stark reminder of the strategic importance this bluff played in the Civil War, exchanging Union and Confederate hands 8 times.
    Alternatively, Harpers Ferry is the home of the world famous Appalachian Trail and it would be a shame to be this close and not hike on it. There is a gentle section, starting at Gathland State Park, with a huge arch that is a unique monument to Civil War reporters. About 5 miles into the hike, we can stop at a shelter, characteristic of the shelters that provide refuge to AT thru hikers on their journey. Our destination is Weverton Cliffs, with sweeping views of the Potomac. From there it is a short descent to the cars and back to the hostel.

    Thursday, June 28
    After packing up, we're going to fit in one more adventure - a zipline canopy tour. We'll enjoy a couple of hours of soaring through the tree canopies on 7 ziplines, at heights up to 40 feet and zips up to 425 feet long. After a practice zip, we'll climb a staircase up to zip number 1 - Stairway to Heaven. From there, we zip from platform to platform, experiencing more awesome zips: One and Done, Pucker Up, Blue Ridge Bridge, Dew Drop In, Geronimo, Last Stand, and Hunter's Landing.
    It's a fitting end to our time together and after a final picnic lunch, we leave at 1pm and head to the airport where you can plan a flight out after 4:00 pm.
  • Price: $2150 for both  (see here for discounts, first 5 discounts are not being offered for this trip) $300 deposit.  You can read our cancellation policies here. We need one registration per pair. When you register, please put the name of the young woman who is joining you in the rooming preference box on the registration form.

    Trip Includes

    • Roundtrip transportation from  Baltimore-Washington (BWI) Airport
    • All meals from dinner on Saturday through lunch on Thursday
    • Five nights lodging in rooms shared by four to six people
    • All activities on the itinerary, including tubing, canoeing, rafting, ziplining and hiking
    • Two experienced guides
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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Tubing on the Potomac River
  • Whitewater rafting and canoeing on the Shenandoah River
  • Hiking on the legendary Appalachian Trail
  • Ziplining through the forest canopy
  • Biking on the C&O Canal
  • Enjoying down time and camaraderie while making lasting memories

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