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Our pick: Cedar Key, Florida

Cedar Key, Florida
Cedar Key, Florida

But despite its out-of-the-way, end-of-the-road status, Cedar Key does draw its share of visitors. Bird-watchers flock to one of the oldest bird and wildlife refuges in the U.S., and those in the know come here for what has to be one of the most impressive can't-miss-restaurants-to-people ratios in the country.

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Top 10 Boating States

Top boating states, ranked by total registered recreational boats in 2014, including popular destinations for on-water getaways from DiscoverBoating.com

#1
Florida
#2
Minnesota
#3
Michigan
#4
California
#5
Wisconsin
#6
Texas
#7
South Carolina
#8
Ohio
#9
New York
#10
North Carolina

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Caddo Lake, LA

Caddo Lake, LA

Caddo Lake holds the record as the largest natural freshwater lake in the South and the largest Cypress forest in the world. This expansive lake covers more than 26,000 acres on the Texas and Louisiana border.

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Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi, TX

To polliwogs, a mention of Texas may not bring boating to mind, but old salts know that the state’s eastern Gulf coast—locally known as the Texas Coastal Bend—is a maritime treasure tinged with a taste of the Ol’ West.

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Hungry Horse Reservoir

Hungry Horse Reservoir

It could be that vacationers reach this northwest section of Montana with pinpoint focus (Glacier National Park) and ignore the periphery along the route. Or maybe most of the roughly 2 million annual visitors to the park enter from the east side rather than the more-rugged west entrance. A distance of 10 miles, all of it twisty, between the lake and the park might discourage side trips.

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

The Palm Beach area offers boaters endless opportunities to explore South Florida from cruising the Intracoastal Waterway and breezing across the Florida Everglades to heading through an inlet for watersports on the Atlantic. Visitors can rent a vessel or charter a boat easily through the numerous local marinas.

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Lighthouses and Sweet Water

Lighthouses and Sweet Water

A tugboat tour of Georgian Bay is a great way to tap into the region's deep history.

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Penobscot River

Penobscot River

A century ago, one in every 10 American shipmasters came from the small coastal towns situated along the banks of the Penobscot River. If you like history and enjoy scenic splendor...

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