Destinations: Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu, New Orleans, Seattle, Boston, Branson

Themes: Beach Vacations, Cruises, Luxury Travel, Outdoor Adventures, Romantic Getaways

Our love of the water leads us not only to the shore, but out across lagoons, rivers, lakes, bays, bayous, and oceans. And our choice of vessel is as vast as the bodies of water we explore.

The smallest of boats—kayaks, canoes and rowboats—rely on human propulsion. Sailboats, from the smallest dinghies to the elegant racing yachts, go where the wind blows. Whether fishing boats or cruisers, powerboats are often the choice when people need to get somewhere quickly. And personal watercraft, such as jet skis, are popular with beach vacationers all over the world.

You don’t have to own a yacht in the French Riviera to love boating. From the Caribbean to Lake Geneva, the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan, the Yangtze River to the Everglades—there are plenty of places to get on the water.

Articles About Boating

Amelia Island: Old Florida Meets New

Feed blue crabs, sleep in Victorian bed and breakfasts, and take a Segway nature tour on your Amelia Island vacation.

Teen Travel Treats in Barcelona

Tempt your travel-wary teen with Barcelona’s youthful vibe and culture, funky architecture, vegetarian restaurants and sailing tours.

Not Your Grandfather’s Branson

This popular spot in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains has added glitz and glam over the years yet remains a great place for old-fashioned fun.

Learning to Sail in the British Virgin Islands

Get in on one of the top activities in the BVI—sailing. Learn the ins and outs of chartering a boat, take sailing classes and you’re on your way!

The Sea Seduces at Tortola

Surf, swim and sail the alluring Caribbean waters off the British Virgin Islands’ tranquil Tortola.

Virgin Gorda—Nature’s Little Secret

Find the best resorts, attractions and restaurants on the third largest of the British Virgin Islands.

Cruising the Yangtze River

If you plan to take a Yangtze River cruise, plan ahead and make sure the accommodations match your expectations.

College Visit Guide: Seattle

Get familiar with colleges and activities in favorite Seattle neighborhoods.

Costa Rica’s Tortuguero Is Turtle Heaven

Tortuguero, on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, provides a wealth of opportunities to see a variety of sea turtles and other jungle life.

A Successful First-Time Family Cruise

Learn from the author's first family cruise to the Caribbean how to make your cruise vacation a success.

Barge Voyage in France’s Champagne Region

Gourmet meals and French wines combine with on-shore cultural excursions for an unforgettable river cruise through the French countryside.

Cruising to Mexico

Mexican cruises offer families warm temperatures, native art and culture, and plenty of adventure.

Back in Time in Chesapeake Bay

Tour the tiny, coastal villages of Chesapeake Bay for a glimpse of the past and a refreshing respite from the modern metropolis.

Dad’s Day Deals

From NASCAR racing to golf getaways and one extravagant Scotland adventure, check out these Father’s Day travel specials.

Dad’s Day Travel Deals for 2009

Show Dad how cool he is by sending him on an outdoor adventure or a guys’ golfing getaway with his buddies.

Mother and Daughter Sailing Lessons

Jibe, tack and turn hard a-starboard on an unforgettable sailing vacation in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Family Fun in Sandpoint

Find the best attractions and places to take the kids when visiting this quaint Idaho mountain town.

Sandpoint, Idaho: Treasure of the West

Read why this gorgeous mountain destination with an acclaimed arts community is considered one of the best small towns in the west.

Lake Tahoe: A Boating Paradise

One of the best ways to appreciate Lake Tahoe is to get out on the water.

A Need for Mead: Floating Above Hoover Dam

Take a break from the Vegas Strip and jet ski, fish or simply kick back and relax with a houseboat rental on nearby Lake Mead.

Cabo: Beyond the Beach

From pirate ship sailings to glass blowing to volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of off-beach family activities for Cabo vacationers.

Melbourne: Arts and Culture Capital

Australia’s second-largest city boasts arts festivals, eclectic ethnic cuisine, exotic wildlife and easy, walkable streets to explore it all.

Movable Feast for Wilderness Lovers

Known as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park’s scenery rivals the European Alps for beauty and variety.

New York Sightseeing From the Water

From traditional sightseeing boat tours to kayaking the Hudson River and visiting working docks in New York Harbor, see the city from a new vantage point.

The Bay Islands: Old-School Caribbean

Want to see the Caribbean the way it used to be? Put on your flip-flops and get away to the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Flowers for the Dead

Take a Lake Pátzcuaro candlelit boat procession to an island cemetery celebration of the dead.

Beach-Bound Getaways in Orange County

Surf’s up at O.C. beaches and seaside resorts at Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point.

Gondola Tours on Coronado Bay

Can’t get to Venice, Italy this year? Try a romantic gondola ride in Coronado, instead.

The Idyllic Islands of Georgia

Georgia’s historic coastal islands offer everything from haute to honky-tonk and a pristine national seashore.

Seattle Getaway: Washington State National Parks

From lush rain forests to staggering mountain peaks, experience the rugged beauty of the this state’s three national parks, each an easy day-trip from Seattle.

Tampa Bay Tours: Canoes, Cats and Crabs

Explore Tampa on a nature tour, including crabbing on the bay, canoeing near alligators and visiting the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary.

Teen Travels on Alaska’s Peterson Lake Trail

Tag along for this teen’s perspective on her hiking adventure along the scenic and slippery slopes of this beautiful northern trail.

Traverse City: A Great Outdoor Getaway

Get outdoors with a trip to Traverse City, for beachcombing, scuba diving, kayaking and more.

Provo: Turks and Caicos’ Cool Island

On Providenciales, stroll along elegant Grace Bay Beach, snorkel around coral reefs and celebrate the mighty conch.

Set Sail in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Grab your sailing gear and head out on a boating adventure in the waters around St. John and St. Thomas.

Escape to the U.S. Virgin Islands

Chill on gorgeous beaches, ply Caribbean waters, tour historic attractions and shop duty-free on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John—while leaving your passport at home.

Family Cruises Provide Something for Everyone

There’s no need to leave the kids at home when you can plan a family cruise vacation that satisfies all in the family.