Top 5 Boating Destinations In The US

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Cruise ShipThere is nothing more spectacular than viewing the nation’s most scenic waters than by boat. Boating is a fantastic way to spend time out on the water.

There are many beautiful and popular boating sites located throughout the United States, where boaters enjoy beautiful views and open waters.

Boating is a challenging hobby that allows individuals the opportunity to observe the water from a completely different perspective; one that gives the onlooker a unique look at the nation’s lakes, rivers and oceans.

Florida

Florida is a top destination for boaters. With areas such as St. Augustine, Fort Lauderdale and Key West, boaters have premier spots to choose to bring their watercrafts.

In northern Florida, St. Augustine is located just a short distance from the Jacksonville area, where boaters find kingfish tournaments and have the opportunity to visit Castillo de San Marcos, a Spanish fortress built in 1672.

The Fort Lauderdale has over 300-miles of inland waterways to explore and has been considered the yachting capital of the world due to the 40,000 yachts that call the region home. Key West gives boaters a chance to get out on the water all year round and offers boaters stunning views of sunsets.

Hawaii

Because Hawaii was formed into a group of islands, boaters have the ability to travel from island to island by boat. In Honolulu, the Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival is held every year at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Boaters can then travel to Oahu and experience its exotic views of both mountains and waterfalls. Waikiki has many locations that make the perfect setting for snorkeling, swimming and fishing. Boating gives travelers the chance to see the Hawaiian Islands and discover its underwater scenes.

California

Boaters will be amazed at the fantastic views that California waters present. Locations, such as Big Bear Lake, near San Bernardino, are the perfect destination for a family trip, as well as for a fishing excursion.

In the San Francisco area, the Sacramento River gives boaters enough water to travel for hours exploring the picturesque views of the city and mountains. Southern California finds the Colorado River, where boaters participate in wake boarding, skiing and speed boating activities.

Arizona

While Arizona is best known for its vast deserts, it also has a number of lakes and rivers that boaters play in throughout the year. In Lake Havasu, boaters can travel to see the London Bridge or visit Copper Canyon to witness the beauty of the canyon cove.

For a more animal related attraction, boating tourists can visit the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge and see more than 300 species of birds and waterfowl. Boaters will also find a little history engraved at Picture Rock, where visitors will see remnants of prehistoric petroglyphs.

Michigan

Michigan sits in the middle of four of some of the largest lakes located in the United States.

Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Erie all offer incredible views of open water and give boaters many opportunities for recreational activities, such as fishing, swimming or skiing.

With 1,300 public access sites, 11,000 inland lakes, and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, boaters will have no trouble finding water for their boat.

The U.S. is full of opportunities for boating, and is a hobby that is fun for both families and individuals. Boating can also suit a number of different tastes, including yachting, sailing and speed boating.

Wherever the destination or type of boat used, boating gives travelers an opportunity to enjoy the water while getting spectacular views of the nation’s most popular boating destinations.

This article was written by Thomas Jay from Orlando, FL. He highly recommends the Chapman School of Seamanship for anyone looking for a reputable boat school.

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