1. Seattle, Washington: Seattle is an ideal boating lifestyle (pictured). From the San Juan Islands in the north to Olympia in the south boaters are surrounded by scenic beauty. On clear days watch for the Olympic and Cascade Mountains framing the waterlines and if you're lucky Mount Rainier will show it's snow-capped ridges. Boaters also flock to Lake Union and Lake Washington for quick day trips around the area.
Where to rent a boat: Northwest Boat Rentals
2. San Diego, California: Mission Bay is known for floating boats and floating cookouts. Locals cruise out to Catalina Island for a day of bike riding. As you boat keep an eye out for Coronado Island and then look back and view the San Diego skyline.
Where to rent a boat: Mission Bay Sport Center
3. Austin, Texas: Eighty-five miles northwest of Austin is known as the Highland Lakes area of Texas. The area features six lakes that are perfect for boating and fishing. The two most popular lakes are Lake Austin (for skiing and wakeboarding) and Lake Travis (for big boats). Did you know that there are more than a dozen marinas on Lake Travis alone?
Where to rent a boat: Lake Travis Boats
4. Tampa Bay, Florida: This area averages 361 days of sunshine a year. A perfect place to float a boat and fish! Head to the Tampa Bay area near the Gulf of Mexico or to the St. Petersburg / Clearwater area for a day of boating fun. There you will discover hundreds of miles of well-marked waterways, dozens of marinas, and even waterfront restaurants.
Where to rent a boat: Tampa Bay Boats
5. Finger Lakes, New York: The Finger Lakes area includes Seneca Lake which hosts trout derbies (fun for kids!), Canandaigua Lake offers day cruises (for those who want to explore), and Cayuga Lake features at anchor picnics (for those who want to dine in nature). There are 11 lakes total in the area and all are beautiful and serene for boating.
Where to rent a boat: Finger Lake Boats
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