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Explore these breath-taking boating destinations

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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Cave Run Lake

Cave Run Lake

A lake in the middle of Daniel Boone National Forest doesn't seem like the ideal spring-break destination, but that's what first took me and a half-dozen friends to this clear, hideaway lake. We pitched tents in Twin Knobs Campground, which is run by the park, and launched a handmade boat from a handmade trailer on the nearby ramp.

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Tortola, BVI

Tortola, BVI

Just northeast of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are regarded by many as the ultimate cruising ground in the Caribbean—and with good reason.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head, South Carolina

As one of the most popular boating destinations in the US, Hilton Head provides enthusiasts with many different boating activities to enjoy, including several boat marina locations.

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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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Wynoochee Lake, WA

Wynoochee Lake, WA

When one thinks of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, two thoughts might come to mind: mountains and forests. They ought to come to mind. Within the peninsula, across Puget Sound from Seattle, is a national park with mountains peaking at nearly 8,000 feet. There are also old-growth rainforests (yes, rainforests) with trees aged over 1,000 years.

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