The feel of the wind against your hair and cheeks, the salty taste of ocean waters, and the beautiful sunset makes you excited. All of these are waiting for you when you visit these must-see boating destinations in the U.S.

So, what are you waiting for? Let your adventure begin by adding these wonderful destinations to your places to see.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

If you’re looking for resort getaways and fabulous beaches, this is your go-to destination. Fort Lauderdale is also a haven for fishing and diving. Its waters are teeming with all kinds of fish and corals.

Boat lovers visit this destination year-round. Around 40,000 yachts are anchored here all year in the 100 or so marinas located within the area.

The Keys, Florida

This tropical island paradise has 800 small islands and about 6,000 reefs. This is the most popular boating destination in the east coast. It offers not just sailing and fishing, but also snorkeling, water skiing, and a lot more.

Newport, Rhode Island

Boating has always been associated with Newport, like inseparable twins. People keep coming back to this destination because of its welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.

Seagulls fly around the harbor. Seafood restaurants are also located within the harbor to give visitors a sumptuous feast. You can also go around and appreciate artworks in various artist shops here, or on aged mansions along Bellevue Avenue that have been converted to museums. The most famous of these museums is the Breakers which was designed like a palace.

San Juan Islands, Washington

Have you seen an orca? See them with your own eyes when you visit San Juan Islands. It’s definitely one of the best destinations in the planet for viewing orcas. The island is also home to numerous whales like the Humpback, Minke and Grey, as well as sea lions. You may also spot bald eagles flying proud in the sky. This island has become a nesting place for a lot of bald eagles.

Maui, Hawaii

Maui’s natural beauty is a legend among boating destinations. This tropical destination offers boat enthusiasts a year-round enjoyment of its strong winds and one of a kind sceneries. This island has been charming sailors of days old, and continues to do so up to the present. Visitors are welcome to snorkel and be fascinated by coral reefs. They can also dive along with humpback whales that inhabit the island waters.

Lake Superior, Michigan

Boat lovers often come to Lake Superior to explore its still undeveloped portion that showcases the raw beauty of nature. Isle Royale National Park is particularly attractive because of the various wildlife that are found here. This area is accessible only by boats or seaplanes.

Lake Havasu, Arizona

Lake Havasu is a lake created by overflows from the Hoover Dam. It is a wonderful lake resort located just 24 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. Visitors can enjoy kayaking, jet skiing, even sports fishing.

Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville is home to three of the top boat manufacturers in the U.S. which have chosen this waterfront destination because of its accessibility. Unknown to many, Knoxville is a boat lover’s must-see destination that offers kayaking adventures, as well as exploration adventures to its numerous hidden coves.

Santa Catalina Island, California

Santa Catalina offers a laid-back atmosphere to boat lovers. Visitors can sit on the island coast at night and watch the bright city lights of Los Angeles and San Francisco twinkle their brightest. Day cruises provide sights of dolphins and whales, or visits to hidden harbors.

Benton County, Arkansas

There is still a lot to explore in this hidden beauty in Arkansas. More and more sailors are finding out about this destination in the Ozark Mountains that has very clean and clear waters that span around 28,000 acres. Boat lovers can visit any of the 12 forested parks surrounding this lake destination.