Five teenagers tell of their travel dreams, from rafting in Idaho to Vegas, Prague, New Zealand and Italy

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Today’s teens have a wide view of their world. Here are the travel dreams of five young people eager to explore.

1. Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Ted Thompson longs to float the Middle Fork of Idaho’s storied Salmon River in search of whitewater thrills and the chance to reel in a brown or rainbow trout. “I love rafting,” the 17-year old from Livingston, Mont., says. “I also love to fish, and I’ve heard that the Middle Fork is the best way to get both experiences.” A trip down this wild Idaho river is said to include 100 rapids within 100 miles.

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2. Explore New Zealand. Caitlan McNamara, 16, hopes to get to New Zealand. The film version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy initially piqued her interest. However, the Albuquerque, N.M., native’s current fascination lies in the rugged outdoor terrain, the friendly people and the adventure opportunities. National Geographic Student Expeditions offers summer outings for teens interested in visiting this pair of islands in the South Pacific. The trips include glacier trekking, working with wildlife biologists and taking part in a Maori feast.

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3. Prague, Czech Republic. Jimmy Paddison wants to visit the capital of the Czech Republic. He has heard it’s very beautiful and has a rich heritage. The 17-year-old from San Francisco is likely to enjoy visiting the historic center of the city, which straddles the Vltava River. Visitors stroll cobblestone streets and choose from dozens of museums and theaters. Among the most popular stops for visitors is the hilltop Prague Castle, founded in the ninth century.


4. Las Vegas. Over-the-top attractions, great entertainment and just a little bit of mystery are what attract Spokane resident Tahnee Sutherland, 15, to Las Vegas. Even though the destination has a reputation for adults-only entertainment, there is plenty for teens and families to do. Plan to enjoy light shows, circus- and Broadway-style extravaganzas, as well as great food and plenty of music. Teens might want to spend a day at one of many spas in Las Vegas or soaking up the sun poolside. Be sure to ask about deals and packages.

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5. Visit Italy. Billy Schiavonni, 16, of Miami would like to visit Italy. He has heard plenty about the old country from family members and is eager to see for himself. He’d like to visit Rome for its rich history and religious importance. Venice would be on his list for the architecture and canals. Florence would be important, he says, because it’s an art center. He looks forward to great food, music and, if he goes when he’s a little older, good wine.

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