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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 economic value in 2012, including popular destinations for on-water getaways from DiscoverBoating.com

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

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Indian River, DE

Indian River, DE

“The First State,” as it calls itself because of being “the first state” to ratify the Constitution, is a destination for many of Washington, D.C.'s political pundits as well as politicians. More important, though, is the fact that it's a summer destination for any family with a boat. And because there are so many different kinds of water (oceans, bays and of course inlets), the only debate will be “Where do we go today?”

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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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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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Moosehead Lake

Moosehead Lake

From the top of 1,800-foot Mount Kineo, which sits on a peninsula jutting into Moosehead Lake, you can see miles upon miles of water. Wilderness frames the lake's estuaries and can be seen stretching deep into Canada.

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Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce

City Marina located in the heart of the waterfront, features restaurants, a Tiki Bar, Post Office, banks, and slips to accommodate vessels up to 175' in length.

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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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