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The Best Cheap Boat Trips: Runners-Up

I’m not a cruiser or a yachtie, but I love getting a good look at the land from the water when I travel. Can you recommend some memorable–and affordable–public ferry rides in North America?

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A:Can't make any of these boats? There are plenty of other great ferry trips scattered across North America. BC Ferries runs a handful of routes, including a run through a portion of the Inside Passage and a trip out to Haida Gwaii. For skyline-lovers, the San Francisco-Sausalito ferry delivers. And the long ride from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, out to the far-flung province of Newfoundland, can be wild— particularly if you go, like I did, during hurricane season.

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