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Five Gorgeous Boat Routes through National Parks

National parks are an important part of what makes this country beautiful, and although many visitors flock to national parks, most arrive by car and explore on foot. Why not bring your personal watercraft to one of these five gorgeous locales?

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Located in the scenic seaside community of Seward, Alaska, the Kenai Fjords National Park is an unforgettable journey by boat, and if you’d rather not go through all the trouble of getting your vessel and getting a boat insurance quote, you can simply enjoy one of the guided tours. The wildlife is abundant and varied, with everything from whales to otters in the sea and bald eagles soaring above. Tours range in length from 3 to 9 hours depending on the company guiding you, and the longer your chosen journey is, the more there will be to see as you venture further and further into nature.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
If Alaska is a little too far away, you can always take a trip to the “Best Little Town in the Midwest”. At the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, you can look forward to unspoiled Great Lakes scenery, the largest collection of lighthouses in America, and the stunning beauty of Lake Superior. Fans of beautiful landscapes will appreciate the balance of rugged shoreline, dramatic cliffs, caves, and wilderness. Some tours let you see these areas while others take you right to them, so choose wisely. Official tours are narrated and in-depth, and from the second you depart from Bayfield, Wisconsin, you’ll be surrounded by majestic water and wilderness.

Waterton Lakes-Glacier International Peace Park
If you would rather see the natural beauty of two countries, look no further than the round-trip cruises offered by Waterton, Canada’s Waterton lakes National Park. You’ll cross the invisible international border into Alaska’s Glacier National Park during this 3-hour trip across Waterton Lake. From mid-May to mid-September, three departures a day mean that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hop aboard, but if you plan on hiking, don’t forget your passport!

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska
It seems that the height of natural beauty lies in Alaska, because yet another one of these gorgeous locales takes place in the very same park as the last. Glacier Bay National Park is a 3.3-million-acre wildlife preserve, and a day trip on the 65-mile-long bay will make it very clear to you why this area has been so carefully preserved. You’ll likely see more species of bird here than you have in your entire life, not to mention the whales, seals, and bears in search of food. Full-day cruises are offered aboard the Baranof Wind for those who prefer a longer tour.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
We didn’t forget about the beautiful western section of the United States! The Crater Lake National Park in Oregon offer a tour unlike any other – on your journey, you’ll float across the crater of a long-dormant volcano. It’s completely safe, it’s inexpensive (around $50 per person), and some tours explore the entire lake. While you could just simply circle this incredible body of water in your car, nothing beats going down into the water itself, the only way to access the panoramic view atop Wizard Island.

Are you planning on visiting one of these beautiful locations soon? Have you taken part in any of the mentioned tours or seen the landscapes of these parks? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below!