Visitors across America love to get out on the water, and - it seems - nowhere moreso than in New York. After four weeks of voting, readers of USA TODAY and 10Best have selected, through their online ballots, their 10 favorite boat rides from the original list of nominees.
The beautiful Thousand Islands (1000 Islands) area - between northern New York and southeastern Ontario - was called "Garden of the Great Spirit" by native Americans. The combination of beautiful shoreline, where woods meet the lake, is an inspiring place to take a boat ride.
New York scored the second spot as well, as iconic Niagara Falls garnered the second largest number of votes. Tour boats like Maid of the Mist thrill visitors by taking them close to the massive falls.
A boat ride on Washington's Puget Sound landed at #3, while Alaska's Inside Passage and a boat ride down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, rounded out the top 5.
Amazingly, New York state took a third spot in the top 10 with its nomination for a New York harbor tour.
The full list of winners in the 'Best Boat Ride' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice is as follows:
- Thousand Islands
- Niagara Falls
- Puget Sound
- Alaska's Inside Passage
- Colorado River & Grand Canyon
- San Antonio River Walk
- Chicago River
- Sunset in the Florida Keys
- New York Harbor
- Pearl Harbor
Now that summer's here, this list of winning destinations makes a perfect checklist for warm weather activity from coast to coast. We'll see you on the water!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo