18 Scenic Ferry Rides
When traveling, sometimes the best way to get the lay of the land is to get away from the land itself. Dinner cruises and whale watches promise unique experiences, but ferry rides are an equally scenic and more cost-effective way to enjoy panoramic views of the places you visit. Ferries also make hard-to-get-to spots a little more accessible. These 18 ferry rides within the United States and Canada take passengers across rivers, gulfs, sounds, and lakes, and occasionally across borders, whether on vacation or a quick day trip. Pack your bags and a picnic lunch, and make sure to book ahead during busy summer months. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Bon voyage!
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Not only is the Staten Island Ferry an inexpensive way to see the skyscrapers of Manhattan, but the commuter ferry gives passengers a great view of the Statue of Liberty from New York Harbor -- for free. Considering that some cruise tickets (which often include a stop at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum) can cost as much as $55 for adults, the Staten Island Ferry is even more of a steal. To get the most out of the experience, plan to leave with just enough daylight to view Lady Liberty before sunset; the Big Apple shines brightest after dark. Ferries leave every 15 to 30 minutes and a snack bar on board sells food and beverages, including beer.