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Boat Travel

Boat rentals, boat tours and ferry travel in the USA

Boats & Boat Tours

Recreational boating is a very popular leisure activity, with more than 87 million people in the U.S. taking part annually. River cruises are increasingly popular, with trips like a paddle-wheel cruise down the Mississippi River that stops at iconic destinations such as St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and New Orleans, Louisiana. You can also take city tours in coastal cities like New York and San Francisco. Whale watching is also a popular activity along the coasts.If you prefer to chart your own course, boat rentals are available in many areas along the coastlines and at lakes. Be sure to learn and follow local laws and rules governing boat safety.


Opportunities for boat travel are available in almost every state in the USA. Ferries and water taxis can get you from destination to destination, or simply take you on a scenic tour of local sites. Water taxis are smaller boats designed to carry pedestrians and bicycles only. Ferries are much larger and can also transport passengers’ vehicles to and from terminals. Frequented ferry routes include:

  • Alaska Marine Highway System
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
  • Cape May-Lewes Ferry
  • Washington State Ferries – Seattle to Bremerton
  • New Orleans Ferry – Canal Street to Algiers Point
  • Golden Gate Ferry – San Francisco to Sausalito
  • Steamship Authority – Hyannis to Nantucket