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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