What Are the Best Cheap Boat Trips?

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?

May 6, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Away from the coasts, folks might think of ferry boats as antiquated or obsolete. But in the watery parts of the continent, public ferries are still a crucial part of the transportation infrastructure. They connect coastal (or lakeside, or riverfront) communities, and take commuters and students to and from their homes. For visitors, they offer inexpensive cruising through some otherwise spendy waters. These four will take you out on the high seas (or, you know, lake) for pennies.

Staten Island
The Inside Passage
Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula
MS Chi-Cheemaun