The Most Scenic Ferry Rides in the U.S.

From Alaska to Maine, these remarkable trips bring you within gawking distance of some of America's greatest natural and man-made treasures.

Halls Crossing, Lake Powell, Utah
Leaves from: Halls Crossing
This 25-minute run in a simple, flat-bottom ferry to Bullfrog Marina links the northern and southern sections of Utah's State Highway 276. On this serene stretch of Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, watch the extraordinary glass-like reflections of orange Navajo sandstone formations and Utah's prevailing clear-blue skies.
Can I bring a car? Yes
Cost: Adults $5, kids under 5 and seniors free, cars $20 one way
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Boston to Harbor Islands, Mass.
Leaves from: Boston's Long Wharf
The ferry to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area might just be the best way to see Boston's skyline. The passenger-only catamaran has a snack bar serving beer—act fast if you're thirsty, because it's only 15 minutes to the first stop. Spectacle Island is a former landfill turned ecological park with five miles of walking trails and supervised swimming off a restored beach. The second stop, Georges Island, is home to Civil War-era Fort Warren. The scenic highlight of the route is a view of the last manned lighthouse (and oldest continually used lighthouse site) in the country: Boston Light on Little Brewster Island.
Can I bring a car? No
Cost: Adults $14 round trip, kids $8
When: May 9–Oct. 12
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