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Top Ten U.S. Boating Spots

September 15, 2011

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy

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Boating is a popular recreational activity throughout the U.S., and brings in more than 30 billion dollars to the U.S. economy on a yearly basis. Below are a few great spots to go enjoy the shining seas that our nation has to offer.

  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Major yachting center, popular cruise port and home to the world`s largest in-water boat show
  • Chicago -- Thanks to immediate access to Lake Michigan, Chicago hosts the largest municipal harbor in the U.S.
  • Finger Lakes, N.Y. -- Multiple lakes and serene surroundings make this a great place to get away from the hectic pace of life.
  • Hilton Head, S.C. -- Boasts beautiful beaches and legendary resorts all in a warm and environmentally friendly setting.
  • Knoxville, Tenn. --- A great setting on the Tennessee River, featuring well-known water taxi services, easy harbor access, plus quick access to camping in the Smoky Mountains.
  • Tampa Bay, Fla. --- Warm waters, excellent fishing, plus an active trading port make this a popular year-round destination.
  • Seattle --- While the weather may not be as pristine as its sunnier counterparts to the south, there`s no doubting the usefulness of a sailboat or kayak in this harbor.
  • Newport, R.I. --- Known as America`s "First Resort", Newport combines old New England charm with a majestic harbor filled with fishing boats, yachts and cruise ships.
  • Lake Powell, Utah --- Situated in Glen Canyon, beautiful Lake Powell is the perfect destination for house boating.
  • Slidell, La. -- This small-town sportsman`s paradise is located right on Lake Pontchartrain and offers great fishing and scenic bayous.
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    Story Image: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (D Ramey Logan, Wikimedia)

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