Here are seven unique kayaking destinations across the US, from Alaska to Florida – on wild rivers, tranquil lakes.
1. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Rowing kayak in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska’s remote wilderness allows you to watch a wide range of natural beauty and spectacular mountain scenery. Kayaks in this area can access pufferfish, sea lions, even a humpback whale.
2. San Juan Islands, Washington
The San Juan Islands in northwest Washington Washington are home to the dangerous beauty. Kayaking around these famous islands offers a close-up view of killer whales, sea lions, seals, dolphins…
You can also explore some charming coastal towns and tranquil coves amid a stunning mountain view. Visitors can rent a kayak on 3 large islands: San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez. Its coastal beauty and rocky coastline captivate the most experienced kayaks.
3. Salmon River, Idaho
The Salmon River, Idaho, is known as the river of no return – because the speed of the water and rocky rapids makes it difficult to navigate again. It is one of the top kayaking destinations in the US, due to its strong currents and deep canyons. Due to the strong current, kayaking here requires a high level of skill.
4. Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
Considered the top spot for sea kayaking, this 17-mile trek is not for beginners. Experienced rowers will see majestic cliffs, fruit valleys, waterfalls pouring into the sea, and countless marine life. This Hawaiian coastline kayaking adventure is sure to remind you of remote islands often only seen in movies.
5. Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona
Lake Powell, Utah is the best place to go kayaking in America. It is considered a hidden gem in the southwest and is a very popular destination with deep ravine gorges surrounding the lake.
Beginners can paddle through stunning geological wonders to see stunning gorges at a closer angle. You can also join a tour through the wetlands of the most famous canyon, Antelope Canyon.
6. Mangroves in the Everglades, Florida
Everglades are home to diverse ecosystems. Boating through streams, mangrove forests and grassy rivers is a pretty peaceful ride. Rowers will be able to see a variety of birds.
7. Lake Tahoe, California, and Nevada
The tranquility and clear waters of Tahoe, North America’s largest mountain lake, make it an ideal kayaking destination. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts flock to this area, on the California or Nevada side to enjoy the clear blue waters and paddle over the mouths of jagged mountains surrounded by green forests.